Hollywood has been beamed into homes across America with the Academy Awards, bringing the glitz, glamour and stars into living rooms in every state. The yearly TV tradition started in 1953 when the show was broadcast for the first time, and today we’ll take you on a trip down memory lane.

The opening of 25th Academy Awards, aired on March 19, 1953, has now made its way online. It was an eventful year at the Oscars, with the Best Picture statue going to “The Greatest Show On Earth” over the heavily favored “High Noon,” in what is now viewed as one of the worst upsets in the history of the ceremony. It was also a year in which bonafide classic “Singing’ In The Rain” only managed a total of two nominations. It was also the first time that the awards ceremony was simultaneously conducted in New York and Hollywood, with Bob Hope taking hosting duties on the west coast, and Fredric March in the Big Apple.

So check it out below, and watch to the end to hear Bob Hope’s jokes about 3D. Yep, it’s been around that long.


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