Cinema: The Oscars

With Master of Ceremonies Bob Hope sparking the show and Oldsmobile picking up the $350,000 tab (and spinning out tedious, long-winded commercials), Hollywood handed out its biggest prizes. Watching the 27th annual Academy Awards over TV (for the third year) from Hollywood and Manhattan, U.S. televiewers got lots of Hope and laughter in the 90 minutes, but few surprises:

¶ On the Waterfront, a black-and-white, normal-width movie made in New Jersey, was named 1954's best picture, picked up seven other Oscars—e.g., for best actor, Marlon Brando; best supporting actress, Eva Marie Saint; best...

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