Saturday, March 1, 2014

Oscar's Golden Moments:
1953 Fox Movietone "News"

Whether or not you think Fox News is fair and balanced, in 1953 the studio's newsreel division didn't hesitate to play favorites.

This Fox Movietone Newsreel on the Academy Awards for 1952 highlights winners from Fox pictures – Alfred Newman,  Susan Hayward, Anthony Quinn – and allots more time to studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck, presenting the Irving Thalberg Award, than it does to its recipient, Cecil B. DeMille.

The clip gives only a quick nod to Gary Cooper, who was named Best Actor for "High Noon"  from United Artists. Other award winners handily omitted were Best Actress Shirley Boothe ("Come Back, Little Sheba)), Best Supporting Actress Gloria Grahame ("The Bad and the Beautiful"), and Best Director John Ford "The Quiet Man").

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