Monday, August 1, 2011

Aug 1st ,1927 - And The Oscar Goes To . . .

Soon after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927, a committee of seven members decided that all films released from August 1, 1927 through July 31, 1928 would be eligible for the first Academy Awards.

Unlike the over-the-top event it's become today, the first Awards were almost a private affair held in the Blossom Room at the Roosevelt Hotel. The one thing that has pretty much remained the same is the actual Academy Award of Merit, still a small sword-wielding man atop a film canister.

The 1927-1928 Academy Award Winners

Picture (Production): Wings

Picture (Unique and Artistic Production): Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Actor: Emil Jannings (The Last Command; The Way of All Flesh)

Actress: Janet Gaynor (Seventh Heaven; Street Angel; Sunrise)

Director: Frank Borzage (Seventh Heaven) / Lewis Milestone (Two Arabian Knights)

Adapted Screenplay: Benjamin Glazer (Seventh Heaven)
Original Story: Ben Hecht (Underworld)
Cinematography: Sunrise
Interior Decoration: The Dove / The Tempest

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