25th Academy Awards
The 25th Academy Awards honoring the best movies of 1952, were held on March 19, 1953, from the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California and the NBC International Theatre, New York, New York.
It was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be televised, and the first ceremony held in Hollywood and New York City simulataneously. It was also the only year that the New York ceremonies were to be held in the 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, which is now considered among the worst films to have ever 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.
The 1952 Academy Award Winners
Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth
Actor: Gary Cooper (High Noon)
Actress: Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba)
Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn (Viva Zapata!)
Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame (The Bad and the Beautiful)
Director: John Ford (The Quiet Man)
Adapted Screenplay: Charles Schnee (The Bad and the Beautiful)
Original Screenplay: Frederic M. Frank, Theodore St. John, and Frank Cavett (The Greatest Show on Earth) / T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob)
Song: "High Noon (Do Not Frosake Me, Oh My Darlin')" (High Noon)
Score: High Noon / With a Song in My Heart
Cinematography: The Bad and the Beautiful (Black and White) / The Quiet Man (Color)
Costume Design: The Bad and the Beautiful (Black and White) / Moulin Rouge (Color)
Art / Set Decoration: The Bad and the Beautiful (Black and White) / Moulin Rouge (Color)
Film Editing: High Noon
Sound: Breaking the Sound Barrier
Special Effects: Plymouth Adventure
Short Films: Johann Mouse (Cartoons) / Light in the Window (One-Reel) / Water Birds (Two-Reel)
Documentaries: Neighbors (Short) / The Sea Around Us (Feature)
The twenty-fifth Academy Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, March 19, 1953. The venue was divided between the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (hosted by Bob Hope) and the NBC International Theatre in New York (hosted by Conrad Nagel). The winners were divided between the two cities. For the very first time, the Awards ceremony was televised.