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WATCH: Audrey Hepburn's Oscar Acceptance Speech for 'Roman Holiday,' with Presenters Gary Cooper and Donald O'Connor

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2014 at 2:46PM

As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below.
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Audrey Hepburn

As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below.

Scribe Dalton Trumbo and costume designer Edith Head, both legends in their fields, also scored Academy Awards for "Roman Holiday," while the film was nominated in an additional seven categories, including for Best Picture and Director (William Wyler). The Oscar ceremony was held on March 25, 1954, almost 60 years ago.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.