The Academy Awards

Season 2 Episode 1

The 2nd Annual Academy Awards

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The 2nd Annual Academy Awards
The 2nd Annual Academy Awards were held on April 3, 1930 from the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles.
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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hattie McDaniel : (when accepting her award for Actress in a Supporting Role)
      Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science[s], fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests. This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of the awards for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel. And may I say thank you and God bless you.

    • Vivien Leigh : (accepting her award for Best Actress) Ladies and gentlemen, please forgive me if my words are inadequate in thanking you for your very great kindness. If I were to mention all those who have shown me such wonderful generosity through Gone with the Wind I should have to entertain you with an oration as long as Gone with the Wind itself. So if I may, I should like to devote my thanks on this occasion to that composite figure of energy, courage, and very great kindness, in whom all points of Gone with the Wind meet...Mr. David Selznick.

  • NOTES (10)

    • This was the only time in Academy history where two ceremonies were held in the same year (one on April 30 and one on November 5, 1930), this was done to normalize the time between the awards.

    • F.W. Murnau's Sunrise, which had received an Oscar the year before, received Oscar nominations this year as well for Interior Decoration and Cinematography. The rules were changed the following year to prevent this from happening again.

    • Mitchell Leisen, known in later years for his comedies, received his only academy award, for the now defunct Interior Design.

    • No film this year won more than one award, the final time this would happen.

    • The Broadway Melody is the first sound film and the first musical to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

    • Warner Baxter, who won Best Actor for In Old Arizona, received the only Oscar for which he was ever nominated.

    • All of the Best Picture nominees were produced as sound pictures except The Patriot which had been made as a silent but later had sound added.

    • Mary Pickford had changed her image by getting rid of her trademark curls and playing a bad girl in Sam Taylor's Coquette. It was a spectacular flop but Pickford badly wanted an Oscar. So, she courted the Academy's central voting committee by inviting them to Pickfair for tea which paid off, she won the Oscar for Best Actress. Thus she is credited with creating the very first Oscar campaign.

    • This is the first Academy Awards ceremony which was broadcast over the radio.

    • Actress Jeanne Eagels, a Best Actress nominee for The Letter, became the first posthumous Oscar nominee. She had died in October of a heroine overdose.


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