The Academy Awards

Season 25 Episode 1

The 25th Annual Academy Awards

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Aired Unknown Mar 19, 1953 on ABC

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    • John Wayne: (accepting the award for Best actor on behalf of Gary Cooper) Ladies and gentlemen, I'm glad to see that they're giving this to a man who is not only most deserving but has conducted himself throughout his years in our business in a manner that we can all be proud of him. Coop and I have been friends, hunting and fishing, for more years than I like to remember. He's one of the nicest fellows I know. I don't know anybody any nicer. And our kinship goes further than that friendship because we both fell off of horses into pictures together. Now that I'm through being such a good sport, spouted all this good sportsmanship, I'm gonna go back and find my business manager, and agent, and producer, and three-name writer, and find out why I didn't get "High Noon" instead of Cooper. Cause I can't fire any of these very expensive fellows, but I can at least run my 1930's Chevrolet into one of their big black new Cadillacs.

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