4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking.
Today is the 90th anniversary of the very first Academy Awards ceremony!
On May 16th, 1929, a private dinner was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The dinner was largely meant to celebrate the establishment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, the AMPAS was founded to help mediate labor disputes between the studios and the unions. As almost an afterthought, it was decided that AMPAS would also give out annual awards to honor the best films of the year.
12 awards were handed out on May 16th, before an audience of 270 people. The entire awards ceremony took 15 minutes. That’s quite a contrast to what the Academy eventually became.
In honor of that 15-minute ceremony, here’s….
4 Shots From 4 Films Honored At The Very First Oscar Ceremony
Wings (1927, dir by William Wellman) Won The Outstanding Production Awards
Sunrise (1927, dir by F.W. Murnau) Won Best Unique and Artistic Picture
The Last Command (1928, dir by Josef von Sternberg) Won Best Actor — Emil Jannings
Seventh Heaven (1927, dir by Frank Borzage) Winner Best Actress — Janet Gaynor
Along with her performance in Seventh Heaven, Janet Gaynor was also honored for her work in Street Angel and Sunrise. Emil Jannings was honored for his work in both The Last Command and The Way of all Flesh,
Here’s what else won at the inaugural Oscar ceremony:
Best Direction, Comedy Picture — Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights
Best Direction, Drama Picture — Frank Borzage for Seventh Heaven
Best Original Story — Ben Hecht for Underworld
Best Adaptation — Benjamin Glazer for Seventh Heaven, based on the play by Austin Strong
Best Art Direction — William Cameron Menzies for The Dove and Tempest
Best Cinematography — Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for Sunrise
Best Engineering Effects — Roy Pomeroy for Wings
Best Title Writing — Joseph Farnham for Fair Co-Ed; Laugh, Clown, Laugh; and Telling the World.