Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh present the Oscar to Bugs Bunny

The Academy just posted (as a tribute to Tony Curtis) a clip from the 1959 Oscar telcast with Curtis (and wife Janet Leigh) presenting the Best Cartoon Short award to producer John Burton for the Bugs Bunny short, Knighty Knight Bugs. Click here to see the video. And I believe that’s James Algar accepting for Walt Disney (for live action short, Grand Canyon).

(Thanks, Ed Himel)


  • mrfood

    Why didn’t Friz go on stage?

    • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

      At that time the short subject Oscar went to the producer, just like the best picture Oscar still does. A few years ago the rules changed for shorts so it goes to the person most creatively responsible, which is usually the director.

  • http://thadkomorowski.com Thad

    It’s great that Burton gave thanks to Freleng and his crew (each by name for Christ’s sake!) for their work on the short. I don’t think you’d see Walt doing that!

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    It’d be interesting to know how Burton was as a producer, compared to Eddie Selzer.

  • top cat james

    Woody Woodpecker rushes the stage and commandeers the podium-

    “John, I’m really happy for you. Ima letchoo finish, but Sidney had one of the best cartoons of all time! One of the best cartoons of all time!”

    Reaction shot of a stunned Sidney sucking his trunk.

    Woody whips around, squeezes Janet’s breasts (with appropriate car horn sound effect), drills a few quick ones in Tony’s Brylcreemed noggin, and dashes backstage with security in hot pursuit.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Someone should’ve thanked Janet Leigh for wearing that dress.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/VujadeEntertainment#p/u/0/3HaupcJwAdk Steve Schnier

      Yeah, screw the cartoon – LOOK AT THAT DRESS!

  • David Breneman

    The Oscar broadcast was better when they DIDN’T show clips, that’s for sure.

    • MichaelDair

      She was so tiny

  • max braslavsky

    Heard myself go: yeah ! ‘deserves it ! when the second Oscar went to Disney’s “Grand Canyon”… had no remembrance they even got one for that piece. Although sometimes plagued by pseudo-dramatic “to the frame” stabs in the music score (reminiscent of the most irritating parts in both Fantasias) it was and still is a great achievement in bringing nature’s majesty to the screen, superbly enhanced by Cinemascope. Come to think of it, I can’t recall having seen anything quite like it. And talking about majesty, yes, Janet Leigh, completely.

  • Gerard de Souza

    That’s the way to do awards shows. Come on out, no cute try-to-be-funny banter, announce the nominees. announce the winners. And look at all the awards right there on the table.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Certainly wouldn’t have taken WAY too long to go through that annually if they remembered how it was done.