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1st Academy Awards Ceremony (1929)



1st Academy Awards Ceremony

(1929)

15 minutes

Drama / Family / News

Thursday, May 16, 1929 at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California

Hosted by Douglas Fairbanks

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and was neither broadcast on radio or television.

OUTSTANDING PICTURE, PRODUCTION 
Wings
The Racket
Seventh Heaven

UNIQUE AND ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
The Crowd 
 
BEST DIRECTOR, COMEDY PICTURE  
Two Arabian Knights – Lewis Milestone

Speedy – Ted Wilde 
 
BEST PICTURE, DRAMATIC PICTURE
Seventh Heaven – Frank Borzage

The CrowdKing Vidor
Sorrell and Son – Herbert Brenon 
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 
Emil Jannings – The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh

Richard Barthelmess – The Noose and The Patent Leather Kid 
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Janet Gaynor – Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Gloria Swanson – Sadie Thompson
Louise Dresser – A Ship Comes In 
 
BEST WRITING, ORIGINAL STORY
Underworld – Ben Hecht

The Last Command – Lajos Bíró 
 
BEST WRITING, ADAPTED STORY
Seventh Heaven – Benjamin Glazer

Glorious Betsy – Anthony Coldeway
The Jazz Singer – Alfred A. Cohn 
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss

The Devil Dancer – George Barnes
The Magic Flame – George Barnes
Sadie Thompson – George Barnes 
 
BEST ART DIRECTION
The Dove and Tempest – William Cameron Menzies

Seventh Heaven – Harry Oliver
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – Rochus Gliese 
 
BEST ENGINEERING EFFECTS
Wings – Roy Pomeroy

(No specific film) – Ralph Hammeras
(No specific film) – Nugent Slaughter

BEST WRITING, TITLE WRITING
(No specific film) – Joseph Farnham
(No specific film) – George Marion, Jr.
The Private Life of Helen of Troy – Gerald Duffy 
 
HONORARY AWARD
Charlie Chaplin
"For versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus
Warner Brothers Production
"For producing The Jazz Singer, the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry".




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