Walter Brennan three times Best Supporting Actor Presenting Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress of 1953
Donna Reeds dash down the aisle in her heels and strapless evening gown to accept her award for the character Alma that she portrays in From Here to Eternity isn’t an academy first but it might be the fastest. I am not sure if the artificially enhanced actresses of today could have pulled that one off without a costume malfunction.
However it is nice when the Academy recognizes the importance of a Supporting Cast. From the prestigious Lionel Barrymore in A Free Soul 1931, to the off-the-cuff talent of Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny 1992, the Academy made certain to honor those roles that supported the world’s best characters.
From Here to Eternity tied Gone with the Wind with eight wins in 1953; Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor-Frank Sinatra, Best Supporting Actress-Donna Reed, Directing – Fred Zinnemann (Columbia), Best Screenplay, Cinematography B & W, Sound Recording, Film Editing.