March 19, 1953 – The True-Life Adventure Short Film Water Birds Wins the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
“In any case, Walt fought his way through all the Oscars in his living room to our stage tonight.”
On March 19, 1953, the 25th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California, as well as the NBC International Theater in New York City. It was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be broadcast on television, as well as held on two coasts simultaneously. The short film documentary Water Birds from Disney’s True-Life Adventures series was nominated for, and won, the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel. The short won against the films Bridge of Time, Devil Take Us, and Thar She Blows! This awards ceremony was also special for the added Disney fact that Walt was asked to present the award for the musical categories.