Sunday, 28 February 2016

Picture(s) of the Week, Part 1: The Academy Awards During Hollywood's Golden Age (1929-1949)

Douglas Fairbanks presents Janet Gaynor with the first ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Seventh Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1927) and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927).

 Mary Pickford poses with her Oscar for Best Actress. She won for her performance in Coquette (1929), her first talkie.

 Norma Shearer receives from Conrad Nagel the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Divorcee (1930).

Marie Dressler and Lionel Barrymore were the Best Actress and Best Actor winners at the 5th Academy Awards. She won for Min and Bill (1930) and he for A Free Soul (1931).

 Louis B. Mayer presents Carl Laemmle with the award for Best Picture for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).

Helen Hayes proudly holds her Best Actress Oscar for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931).

Shirley Temple gives Claudette Colbert the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in It Happened One Night (1934).

It Happened One Night also earned Clark Gable the Oscar for Best Actor...

...and Frank Capra the statuette for Best Director.

Bette Davis gazes at her Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Dangerous (1935).

Three Oscar winners at the 9th Academy Awards: Paul Muni, Best Actor for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936); Luisa Rainer, Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld (1936); and Frank Capra, Best Director for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936).

The first ever recipients of the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards: Walter Brennan for Come and Get It (1936) and Gale Sondergaard for Anthony Adverse (1936).

Luisa Rainer holds her second Academy Award for Best Actress. This time she won for The Good Earth (1937).

Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis hold their Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress. He won for Boys Town (1938) and she for Jezebel (1938).

Mickey Rooney, recipient of an Academy Juvenile Award at the 11th Oscars ceremony.

Vivien Leigh poses with her much-deserved Best Actress statuette for her role in Gone with the Wind (1939).

 Fay Bainter presents Hattie McDaniel the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Gone with the Wind. She was the first African-American to receive an Academy Award.

Mickey Rooney presents Judy Garland with the Academy Juvenile Award (and a kiss) for The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Two very happy (and cute) winners: James Stewart, Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story (1940); and Ginger Rogers, Best Actress for Kitty Foyle (1940).

Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper with their Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor. She won for Suspicion (1941) and he for Sergeant York (1941). 

The winners in the acting categories at the 15th Academy Awards: Van Heflin, Best Supporting Actor for Johnny Eager (1941); Greer Garson, Best Actress for Mrs. Miniver (1942); James Cagney, Best Actor for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); and Teresa Wright, Best Supporting Actress for Mrs. Miniver.

The acting winners at the 16th Academy Awards: Paul Lukas, Best Actor for Watch on the Rhine (1943); Jennifer Jones, Best Actress for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Katina Paxinou for For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943); and Charles Coburn for The More the Merrier (1943).

 Three winners at the 17th Academy Awards: Barry Fitzgerald, Best Supporting Actor for Going My Way (1944); Ingrid Bergman, Best Actress for Gaslight (1944); and Bing Crosby, for Going My Way. Odd fact: Fitzgerald was also nominated for Best Actor for the same film.

Ray Milland holding his Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Lost Weekend (1945).

Joan Crawford with her Oscar for Best Actress for her work in Mildred Pierce (1945). She was absent from the ceremony, claiming she had pneumonia (although it was said it was actually because she was sure she would not win). When she did win, the award was delivered to her while in bed that night.

 Ray Milland presents Olivia de Havilland with the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in To Each His Own (1946).

Winners for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): Samuel Goldwyn, Best Picture and Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award; Harold Russell, Best Supporting Actor and Honorary Academy Award; and William Wyler, Best Director. 

Anne Baxter with her award for Best Supporting Actress for The Razor's Edge (1946).
Winners at the 20th Academy Awards: Darryl F. Zanuck, Best Picture for Gentleman's Agreement (1947); Edmund Gwenn, Best Supporting Actor for Miracle on 34th Street (1947); Loretta Young, Best Actress for The Farmer's Daughter (1947); Ronald Colman, Best Actor for A Double Life (1947); and Celeste Holm, Best Supporting Actress for Gentleman's Agreement.

A family of winners: Walter Huston, Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948); and John Huston, Best Director for the same picture.  

Jane Wyman holding her Oscar for Best Actress for Johnny Belinda (1948).

The winners in the acting categories at the 22nd Academy Awards: Mercedes McCambridge, Best Supporting Actress for All The King's Men (1949); Broderick Crawford, Best Actor for the same film; Olivia de Havilland, Best Actress for The Heiress (1949); and Dean Jagger, Best Supporting Actor for Twelve O'Clock High (1949).

Part 2 of this Oscar-themed "Picture of the Week": The Academy Awards During Hollywood's Golden Age (1950-1969)

1 comment:

  1. Great round-up of photos! How I wish I could have attended an Oscars ceremony back then...