LIFE magazine photographers at the Academy Awards

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LIFE magazine photographers at the Academy Awards

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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

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Clark Gable, known for years as "The King of Hollywood," chats with the band during a break in rehearsals, 1958

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Doris Day and Clark Gable prepare to present the winners of the writing awards, 1958

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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

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Academy Awards 1955 Grace Kelley

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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.

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Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Bob Hope and David Niven during a break from rehearsals for the awards in 1958

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Presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wait backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre during the 1956 Academy Awards.

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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.

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Grace Kelly and Clark Gable arrive for the 1954 Academy Awards

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Humphrey Bogart, nominated for best actor for his performance in The Caine Mutiny, and Lauren Bacall arrive at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1955

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Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman and Barry Fitzgerald hold their Oscars back stage at the 1945 Academy Awards

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Onstage presenters seen from the wings during the 1950 Academy Awards

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Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty watch the 1962 Academy Awards

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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

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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.

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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

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Gloria Grahame with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Bad and the Beautiful, 1953

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Actor Kirk Douglas arriving for the Academy Awards ceremonies.1954

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Actor Tyrone Power and wife Linda Christian, arriving for the 26th annual Academy Awards presentation, at the RKO Pantages theater.1954

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Zsa Zsa Gabor arrives at the 1958 Oscar rehearsals in pearls and a fur stole

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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

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Grace Kelly with her best actress Oscar for The Country Girl, at Romanoff's restaurant, following the 1955 Academy Awards

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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.

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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

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Elizabeth Taylor at a party after winning best actress for Butterfield 8 in 1960.

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Kirk Douglas, elegant in white tie, smiles and waves as he enters the RKO Pantages Theatre in 1954

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Ginger Rogers dances with George Murphy backstage at the 1950 Academy Awards

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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

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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

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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 film.

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Audrey Hepburn with the Oscar she won for Roman Holiday, 1954

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Photographers snap their cameras Oscar winners Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight) and Bing Crosby (Going My Way) at the 1945 Academy Awards.

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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.

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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.

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Joanne Woodward smiles radiantly while holding her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Three Faces of Eve, 1958

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Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress winners Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed (both for From Here to Eternity) and their Oscars, 1954.

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Academy Award-winner Olivia de Havilland (The Heiress) and dapper presenter Jimmy Stewart at the 22nd Academy Awards, 1949

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Marlon Brando (right) with his Oscar for On the Waterfront, 1955

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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

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Crowd watching as celebrities arrive for the 26th annual Academy Awards presentation at the RKO Pantages theater.1954

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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

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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

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end cast Life magazine photographers at the Academy Awards images credit   www.           Music 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. Created o.e. thanks for watching