26th Academy Awards
26th Annual Academy Awards at RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, 1954.jpg
DateMarch 25, 1954
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre
Hollywood, California
NBC Century Theatre
New York City, New York
Hosted byDonald O'Connor (Los Angeles)
Fredric March (New York City)
Best PictureFrom Here to Eternity
Most awardsFrom Here to Eternity (8)
Most nominationsFrom Here to Eternity (13)
TV in the United States

The 26th Academy Awards were held on March 25, 1954, simultaneously at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood (hosted by Fredric March), and the NBC Century Theatre in New York City (hosted by Donald O'Connor).

The second national telecast of the Awards show drew an estimated 43 million viewers. Shirley Booth, appearing in a play in Philadelphia, presented the Academy Award for Best Actor through a live broadcast cut-in, having privately received the winner's name over the telephone from O'Connor. Gary Cooper pre-recorded his presentation of the Academy Award for Best Actress while on location in Mexico shooting Garden of Evil, with O'Connor then announcing the winner's name live.

All the major winners in this year were black-and-white films. Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity won eight awards from its thirteen nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award for Best Director, Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Burnett Guffey), Best Sound Recording, and Best Film Editing. It was the third film to receive five acting nominations. Its eight awards matched the record set by Gone with the Wind in 1939. Walt Disney won four awards, a record to this day for most Oscars won by a single person in the same year.

William Holden's acceptance speech for Best Actor for Stalag 17 was simply "Thank You", making it one of the shortest speeches on record, forced by the TV broadcast's strict cutoff time. Holden, frustrated, later personally paid for advertisements in the Hollywood trade publications to thank everyone he had wanted to in his speech, as well as remarking that he felt that either Burt Lancaster or Montgomery Clift should have won the Oscar for From Here to Eternity instead of him.


Fred Zinnemann; Best Director winner
William Holden; Best Actor winner
Audrey Hepburn; Best Actress winner
Frank Sinatra; Best Supporting Actor winner
Donna Reed; Best Supporting Actress winner
Charles Brackett; Best Story and Screenplay co-winner
Dalton Trumbo; Best Story winner
Walt Disney; Best Animated Short Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel winner
Cedric Gibbons; Best Art Direction, Black-and-White co-winner
Charles LeMaire; Best Costume Design, Color winner

Nominees were announced on February 15, 1954. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Best Story and Screenplay
Best Story Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel
Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel Best Short Subject - Cartoons
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

Academy Honorary Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Academy Award of Merit

Presenters and performers



Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ "The 26th Academy Awards (1954) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015.