26th Academy Awards
DateMarch 25, 1954
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre
Hollywood, California
NBC Center Theatre
New York City, New York
Hosted byDonald O'Connor (Hollywood)
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 Donald O'Connor), and the NBC Center Theatre in New York City (hosted by Fredric March).

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 (the record was tied by Bong Joon Ho at the 92nd Academy Awards[1][a]).

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, remarked that he felt that either Burt Lancaster or Montgomery Clift should have won the Oscar for From Here to Eternity instead of him, and expounded backstage on a system he felt valued commercials over program content;[4] NBC had cut into commercials during the middle of other acceptance speeches, as well.[4]


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.[5]

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. ^ Technically, the country of the film is recognized as winner of the Best International Feature award.[2] However, the award is accepted by the director on behalf of the country, and since 2014, the director's name is engraved on the statuette.[3]


  1. ^ Roy, Natasha (February 11, 2020). "'Parasite' cast and crew celebrate Oscars wins in L.A.'s Koreatown". NBC News. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  2. ^ Ordoña, Michael (February 10, 2020). "Why Bong Joon-ho won three Oscars this year, not four". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 11, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Oscars to Add Winning Foreign Language Director's Name on Statuette". TheWrap. September 18, 2014. Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 839. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  5. ^ "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.