The second national telecast of the Awards show drew an estimated 43 million viewers. Shirley Booth, appearing in a play in Philadelphia, presented the Best Actor award through a live broadcast cut-in, and privately received the winner's name over the telephone from co-host Donald O'Connor. (Actor Fredric March co-hosted from New York City.) Gary Cooper filmed his presentation of the Best Actress award in advance on a set in Mexico, with O'Connor announcing the winner's name.
All the major winners in this year were black-and-white films. The big winner was Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity, with thirteen nominations and eight awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash), Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey), Best Sound, and Best Film Editing. All five of its major actors and actresses were nominated, with secondary players Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra taking home Oscars. The candid film was based on James Jones' controversial, best-selling novel about Army life on a Hawaiian (Oahu) military base just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack and World War II, illustrating the conflict between an individualistic private (Montgomery Clift) and rigid institutional authority (exemplified by the Army). Its achievement of eight awards matched the then record held by Gone with the Wind (1939). The record would be tied again the following year by On the Waterfront (1954). Walt Disney won four awards, which remains the record for the most Oscars won in the same year.
William Holden's speech for Best Actor for his role in Stalag 17 was simply "Thank You", making it one of the shortest speeches ever; the TV broadcast had a strict cutoff time which forced Holden's quick remarks. The frustrated Holden personally paid for advertisements in the Hollywood trade publications to thank everyone he wanted to on Oscar night. He also remarked that he felt that either Burt Lancaster or Montgomery Clift should have won the Best Actor Oscar for From Here to Eternity, instead of him.
|26th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 25, 1954|
|Site||RKO Pantages Theatre|
NBC Century Theatre
New York City, New York
|Hosted by||Donald O'Connor (Los Angeles)|
Fredric March (New York City)
|Best Picture||From Here to Eternity|
|Most awards||From Here to Eternity (8)|
|Most nominations||From Here to Eternity (13)|
|TV in the United States|
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
|Best Motion Picture||Best Director|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Supporting Actor||Best Supporting Actress|
|Best Screenplay||Best Story and Screenplay|
|Best Story||Best Short Subject - Cartoons|
|Best Documentary Feature||Best Documentary Short Subject|
|Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel||Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel|
|Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture||Best Scoring of a Musical Picture|
|Best Song||Best Sound Recording|
|Best Art Direction, Black-and-White||Best Art Direction, Color|
|Best Cinematography, Black-and-White||Best Cinematography, Color|
|Best Costume Design, Black-and-White||Best Costume Design, Color|
|Best Film Editing|
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
1953 Academy Awards may refer to:
25th Academy Awards, the Academy Awards ceremony that took place in 1953
26th Academy Awards, the 1954 ceremony honoring the best in film for 19531954 Academy Awards
1954 Academy Awards may refer to:
26th Academy Awards, the Academy Awards ceremony that took place in 1954
27th Academy Awards, the 1955 ceremony honoring the best in film for 19541954 in animation
Events in 1954 in animation.A Queen Is Crowned
A Queen Is Crowned is a 1953 British Technicolor documentary film written by Christopher Fry. The film documents the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, with a narration of events by Laurence Olivier. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was the first winner of the now-defunct Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary Film. The film was one of the most popular at the British box office in 1953.Bear Country (film)
Bear Country is a 1953 American short documentary film directed by James Algar. It won an Oscar at the 26th Academy Awards in 1954 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel). The film was produced by Walt Disney as part of the True-Life Adventures series of nature documentaries.Herring Hunt
Herring Hunt is a 1953 National Film Board of Canada short documentary film about the operations of a herring boat off the coast of British Columbia, directed by Julian Biggs, written by Leslie McFarlane and produced by Guy Glover, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 26th Academy Awards. The film's musical score was composed by Robert Fleming.The 10-minute 47-second film follows Western Girl, her skipper and crew as they race to get their catch before quota is reached and their fishing area closed. In addition to its Oscar nomination, the Herring Hunt received a special mention at the Canadian Film Awards and a Second Award in the Category: Agricultural and Industrial at the Yorkton Film Festival.John P. Livadary
John Paul Livadary (born 20 May 1896, Istanbul, Turkey, died 7 April 1987, Newport Beach, California, USA ) was a sound designer.
He started work in 1928 at Columbia Pictures and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing three times and was nominated another 14 times, in a career that spanned 30 years. The first Oscar was for One Night of Love (1934), the second for The Jolson Story (1946) and the third for From Here to Eternity (1953). He also won the Academy Award for Technical Achievement three times (shared twice) and the Academy Scientific and Technical Award once (shared).Joseph C. Brun
Joseph C. Brun (April 21, 1907 – November 13, 1998) was a French-American cinematographer who did movies as well as a couple early TV shows.
He was nominated for Best Cinematography-Black and White at the 26th Academy Awards for the film Martin Luther.'Leslie I. Carey
Sound recordist Leslie I. Carey (August 3, 1895 – June 17, 1984) first hit Hollywood in 1938, where he embarked on the first of over 300 films. Some of these were A Double Life in 1947, The Naked City and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948, Winchester '73 in 1950, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Magnificent Obsession in 1954, Man Without a Star and This Island Earth in 1955, The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and Operation Petticoat (1959). Also in the late 1950s, he worked extensively on the "Peter Gunn" TV series. Nominated six times for the Academy Awards, he won an Oscar in 1954 for The Glenn Miller Story.List of Academy Awards for Walt Disney
Walt Disney (1901–1966) won or received a total of twenty-six Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards in history. He won twenty-two competitive Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, and also holds the records for most wins and most nominations for an individual in history.Disney won his first competitive Academy Award and received his first Honorary Academy Award at the 5th Academy Awards (1932). He received the Honorary Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse and won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) for the film Flowers and Trees. In the seven Academy Award ceremonies that followed (6th–12th), Disney consecutively earned nominations and won in the same category.Disney received three more Honorary Academy Awards, one in 1939 and two in 1942. At the 26th Academy Awards (1954), Disney won the Academy Award in all four categories in which he was nominated: Best Short Subject (Cartoon), Best Short Subject (Two-reel), Best Documentary (Feature), and Best Documentary (Short Subject). In 1965, Disney earned his sole Best Picture nomination, for the film Mary Poppins. He was posthumously awarded his final Academy Award in 1969 for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.List of American films of 1953
The following is a list of American films released in 1953.
Donald O'Connor and Fredric March co-hosted the 26th Academy Awards ceremony on March 25, 1954, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. This was the ceremony's second year of being telecast, with viewership at an estimated 43,000,000.
The winner of the Best Motion Picture category was Columbia Pictures's From Here to Eternity. All of the big winners that year were black-and-white films.
The 11th Golden Globe Awards also honored the best films of 1953. That year, no award was given for Best Picture: Musical or Comedy.
Spencer Tracy won the Golden Globe for Best Actor - Motion Picture - Drama, for The Actress, while David Niven won Best Actor - Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for The Moon Is Blue. Audrey Hepburn won Best Actress - Motion Picture - Drama for Roman Holiday, while Ethel Merman won for Best Actress - Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Call Me Madam. The Robe won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.List of Philippine submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
The Philippines have submitted films for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Film category of the Academy Awards since the inception of the category in 1956, when the Italian film La Strada won the honors. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.In the 26th Academy Awards (1953), the first Filipino film to be exhibited in the Venice Film Festival, Genghis Khan, was under contention for receipt of the Honorary Foreign Language Film award, the precursor to the current category.From 1956 to the inception of the Film Academy of the Philippines in 1982, four films have been submitted for consideration by the Film Society of the Philippines, the Film Institute of the Philippines, the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), and the Philippine Movie Producers Association, the four organizations that were responsible for doing so. Only four films were sent during those times because of certain technicalities that vetoed possible submissions out of the list.
Since 1982, the Film Academy has, on an irregular basis, sent submissions to the Academy Awards for that category.Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (also known as The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture) is a 1953 American short musical film produced by Johnny Green. It won an Oscar in 1954 for Best Short Subject (One-Reel).The film consists of the MGM Symphony Orchestra playing the Overture to Otto Nicolai's opera The Merry Wives of Windsor, conducted by Johnny Green.Paul Markwitz
Paul Markwitz (16 July 1908 – 19 March 1968) was a German production designer, art director and set decorator. He worked on over 50 films between 1935 and 1967. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film Martin Luther.Rugged Bear
Rugged Bear is a 1953 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon follows Humphrey the Bear (in his 2nd appearance) as he takes refuge in Donald Duck's cabin during hunting season by disguising himself as a bearskin rug. The film was directed by Jack Hannah and features the voices of Clarence Nash as Donald, Jimmy MacDonald as Humphrey, and an uncredited narrator.
Rugged Bear was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 26th Academy Awards in 1954, but lost to another Disney film, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.
This was the eighth of nine nominations received by the Donald Duck film series.Secret Love (Doris Day song)
"Secret Love" is a song composed by Sammy Fain (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics) for Calamity Jane, a 1953 musical film in which it was introduced by Doris Day in the title role. Ranked as a number 1 hit for Day on both the Billboard and Cash Box, the song also afforded Day a number 1 hit in the UK. "Secret Love" has subsequently been recorded by a wide range of artists, becoming a C&W hit firstly for Slim Whitman and later for Freddy Fender, with the song also becoming an R&B hit for Billy Stewart, whose version also reached the Top 40 as did Freddy Fender's. In the U.K., "Secret Love" would become the career record of Kathy Kirby via her 1963 remake of the song. The melody bears a slight resemblance to the opening theme of Schubert's A-major piano sonata, D.664.The Alaskan Eskimo
The Alaskan Eskimo is a 1953 American short documentary film produced by Walt Disney. It was the initial film in Disney's People & Places series. It won an Oscar at the 26th Academy Awards in 1954 for Documentary Short Subject.The Living Desert
The Living Desert is a 1953 American nature documentary film that shows the everyday lives of the animals of the desert of the Southwestern United States. The movie was written by James Algar, Winston Hibler, Jack Moffitt (uncredited) and Ted Sears. It was directed by Algar, with Hibler as the narrator and was filmed in Tucson, Arizona. The film won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.It is featured in the 2006 DVD Walt Disney Legacy Collection Volume 2: Lands of Exploration.The Mississippi Gambler (1953 film)
The Mississippi Gambler is a 1953 American Technicolor Western adventure film directed by Rudolph Maté. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording (Leslie I. Carey). This film was the third Universal Studios film to bear this title--though with a different plot each time, The Mississippi Gambler (1929), Mississippi Gambler (1943).
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