LIFE magazine photographers at the Academy Awards
Cecil B DeMille accepts the award for best picture for The Greatest Show on Earth from Mary Pickford. The awards host Bob Hope stands to the right. 1953
was the first televised Academy Awards
Clark Gable, known for years as "The King of Hollywood," chats with the band during a break in rehearsals, 1958
Doris Day and Clark Gable prepare to present the winners of the writing awards, 1958
Simone Signoret has her hair done in her Beverly Hills hotel room, while her husband Yves Montand (centre) plays cards hours before the Academy Awards in
1960. She would win best actress for Room at the Top
Elizabeth Taylor walks through a crowd of admirers at the Oscars in 1961-the year she won her first Academy Award, for her role in BUtterfield 8.
Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Bob Hope and David Niven during a break from rehearsals for the awards in 1958
Presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly
wait backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre
during the 1956 Academy Awards.
1958:Mae West and Rock Hudson snuggle while rehearsing
the flirty pop standard, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," as Academy
president George Seaton looks on.
Grace Kelly and Clark Gable arrive for the 1954 Academy Awards
Humphrey Bogart, nominated for best actor for his
performance in The Caine Mutiny, and Lauren
Bacall arrive at the Academy Awards ceremony in
Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman and Barry
Fitzgerald hold their Oscars back stage at
the 1945 Academy Awards
Donna Reed and Esther Williams, with her fingers crossed, outside the ladies room of Romanoff's restaurant in 1954. Reed won the best supporting actress
award for From Here To Eternity.
1958: Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster with choreographer Jack Cole, practicing a mock-bitter song-and-dance number called "It's Great Not to Be Nominated";
the tune ribbed many of the year's Oscar contenders.
Natalie Wood, Best Actress nominee for her role as Deanie Loomis in Splendor in the Grass, gets her hair done prior to the 1962 Academy Awards.
Onstage presenters seen from the wings during the 1950 Academy Awards
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty watch the 1962 Academy Awards
Audrey Hepburn anxiously chews her fingernail just before receiving the best actress Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954. Her mother Baroness Ella Van
Heemstra sits next to her
Marlon Brando (right, with French singer and actress Line Renaud) casually holds his Best Actor Oscar for On The Waterfront at the 1955 Academy Awards at
the RKO Pantages Theatre.
Actress Grace Kelly chatting w. her escort Paramount producer Don Hartman as they arrive at the 27th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the RKO
Pantages theater. 1955
Gloria Grahame with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Bad and the Beautiful, 1953
Actor Kirk Douglas arriving for the Academy Awards ceremonies.1954
Actor Tyrone Power and wife Linda Christian, arriving for the 26th annual Academy Awards presentation, at the RKO Pantages theater.1954
Zsa Zsa Gabor arrives at the 1958 Oscar
rehearsals in pearls and a fur stole
Photographers surrounding Grace Kelly and Marlon Brando, each holding Oscars for best actress and actor categories (Kelly for Country Girl and Brando for On
the Waterfront) in 1955
Grace Kelly with her best actress Oscar for The Country Girl, at Romanoff's restaurant, following the 1955 Academy Awards
The great, inimitable Charlie Chaplin -who had been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland for two decades - blows a kiss to the crowd while accepting
an honorary Oscar in 1972 for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century." When he was introduced to the
audience, Chaplin received a 12-minute standing ovation.
Joanne Woodward dances with her husband Paul
Newman at the first Governors Ball following the 1958
Academy Awards, where she won the Oscar for best
actress for her role in Three Faces of Eve
Elizabeth Taylor at a party after winning best
actress for Butterfield 8 in 1960.
Kirk Douglas, elegant in white tie, smiles and waves as he enters the RKO Pantages Theatre in 1954
Ginger Rogers dances with
George Murphy backstage at
the 1950 Academy Awards
John Wayne, backstage with Howard Hughes,
holds two Oscar statuettes; one for Gary
Cooper, who won best actor, and one for
director John Ford, who won best director, for
High Noon in 1953
Screen Actor's Guild President George Murphy
with Frank Sinatra, who won a special
Academy Award for his role in the short film
The House I Live In, 1945
At the 1942 Academy Awards, Joan Fontaine
gazes at the Best Actress Oscar she won for her
role in Suspicion — an achievement that made
her, incredibly, the only actor or actress to ever win
an Oscar for a performance in an Alfred Hitchcock
Audrey Hepburn with the Oscar she
won for Roman Holiday, 1954
Photographers snap their
cameras Oscar winners Ingrid
Bergman (Gaslight) and Bing
Crosby (Going My Way) at the
1945 Academy Awards.
Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed hold their
Oscars as Best Supporting Actor and Actress in
From Here to Eternity — a film that won eight
statuettes in 1954, including Best Picture.
Grace Kelly with the Oscar she won
for her role in The Country Girl, 1955.
William Holden, her co-star in the
movie, stands behind her.
Joanne Woodward smiles radiantly while
holding her Best Actress Oscar for her role in
Three Faces of Eve, 1958
Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress winners Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed (both for From Here to Eternity) and their Oscars, 1954.
Academy Award-winner Olivia de Havilland (The Heiress) and dapper presenter Jimmy Stewart at the 22nd Academy Awards, 1949
Marlon Brando (right) with his Oscar for On the Waterfront, 1955
An Oscar awarded to producer Buddy Adler for the film Here to Eternity stands among men's hats in the cloakroom at Romanoff's restaurant in 1954
Crowd watching as celebrities arrive for the 26th
annual Academy Awards presentation at the RKO
Line of parking attendants standing in front of Pantages Theater as they await celebrity attendees to arrive in their luxury cars for the 26th Annual Academy
Awards Presentation.March 25, 1954
Night exterior view of the RKO Pantages Theater w. 2 dozen valet parking attendents lined up ready to park the cars of celebrities arriving at the 30th annual
Academy Awards ceremony March 26, 1958
Life magazine photographers at the Academy Awards
Ringo Starr - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing: The song was
publicized first in the movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955),
winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
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