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25th Academy Awards

25th Academy Awards
Date March 19, 1953
Site RKO Pantages Theatre
Hollywood, California
NBC International Theatre
New York City, New York
Hosted by Bob Hope (Hollywood)
Conrad Nagel (emcee)
Fredric March (New York City)
Highlights
Best Picture The Greatest Show on Earth
Most awards The Bad and the Beautiful (5)
Most nominations High Noon, Moulin Rouge and The Quiet Man (7)
TV in the United States
Network NBC

The 25th Academy Awards ceremony was held on March 19, 1953. It took place at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, and the NBC International Theatre in New York City.

It was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be televised, and the first ceremony to be held in Hollywood and New York City simultaneously. It was also the only year that the New York ceremonies were to be held in the NBC International Theatre on Columbus Circle, which was shortly thereafter demolished and replaced by the New York Coliseum convention center.

A major upset occurred in the category of Best Picture. The heavily favored High Noon lost to Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth, eventually considered among the worst films to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The American film magazine Premiere placed the movie on its list of the 10 worst Oscar winners and the British film magazine Empire rated it #3 on their list of the 10 worst Oscar winners. It has the lowest spot on Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 81 films to win Best Picture. Of all the films nominated for the Oscar this year, only High Noon and Singin' in the Rain would show up 46 years later on the American Film Institute list of the greatest American films of the 20th Century. For a film that only received two nominations, Singin' in the Rain went on to be named as the greatest American musical film of all time and in the 2007 American Film Institute updated list as the fifth greatest American film of all time, while High Noon was ranked twenty-seventh on the same 2007 list, as well.


Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay Best Screenplay
Best Story Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
Best Dramatic or Comedy Score Best Musical Score
Best Original 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 Best Visual Effects
Name Role
Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan Announcer for the 25th Academy Awards
Brackett, CharlesCharles Brackett (AMPAS president) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Rogers, GingerGinger Rogers Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Hersholt, JeanJean Hersholt Presenter of the Documentary Awards
Capra, FrankFrank Capra Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Fontaine, JoanJoan Fontaine
James Stewart
Presenters of the Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Trevor, ClaireClaire Trevor Presenter of the award for Best Sound
Milland, RayRay Milland
Jane Wyman
Presenters of the Short Subject Awards
Wright, TeresaTeresa Wright Presenter of the awards for Best Cinematography
Disney, WaltWalt Disney Presenter of the Music Awards
Brackett, CharlesCharles Brackett
Olivia de Havilland
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Schary, DoreDore Schary Presenter of the Writing Awards
Garson, GreerGreer Garson Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Gwenn, EdmundEdmund Gwenn Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Gaynor, JanetJanet Gaynor Presenter of the award for Best Actor
March, FredricFredric March Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Pickford, MaryMary Pickford Presenter of the award for Best Motion Picture
Rainer, LuiseLuise Rainer Presenter of the Honorary Foreign Language Film Award
Young, LorettaLoretta Young Presenter of the award for Best Special Effects
Baxter, AnneAnne Baxter Presenter of the Scientific & Technical Awards
Name Role Performed
Deutsch, AdolphAdolph Deutsch Musical arranger
Conductor
Orchestral
Holm, CelesteCeleste Holm Performer “Thumbelina” from Hans Christian Andersen
Daniels, BillyBilly Daniels Performer “Because You’re Mine” from Because You're Mine
Lee, PeggyPeggy Lee
Johnny Mercer
Performers “Zing a Little Zong” from Just for You
Ritter, TexTex Ritter Performer “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’)” from High Noon
Hope, BobBob Hope
Marilyn Maxwell
Performers “Am I in Love?” from Son of Paleface
Academy Awards Orchestra Performers "There's No Business Like Show Business" (orchestral) during the closing credits

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