At the 1953 26th Annual Academy Awards® broadcast 25 March 1954,
the nominees for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role were:
- Grace Kelly as Linda Nordley in Mogambo, MGM
- Geraldine Page as Angie Lowe in Hondo, Warner Brothers
- Marjorie Rambeau as Mrs. Stewart in Torch Song, MGM
- Donna Reed as Lorene/Alma in From Here to Eternity, Columbia
- Thelma Ritter as Moe in Pickup on South Street, 20th Century-Fox
Walter Brennan made the presentation. According to "Donna Reed:
A Bio-Bibliography" by Brenda Scott Royce, when he announced Donna's
name, she sprinted down the aisle, not thinking she would make the long
walk to the podium in time.
In 1986, the award was presented to the residents of Crawford County
at the first Donna Reed Festival for the Performing Arts. It is proudly
displayed at the historic nationally registered house built by W.A. McHenry.
A banker, abstractor, cattleman, and early settler of Crawford County,
he erected the three story structure in 1885-86. It is now a museum site
maintained by the Crawford County Historical Society.
Royce, Brenda Scott, "Donna Reed: A Bio-Bibliography,"
Greenwood Press, New York, 1990.