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Factoids and Interesting Oscar Facts: 6th-10th

A couple of days ago we opened our series of interesting Oscar facts leading up to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar programming. That post covered the first five awards, and this time we’ll take a look at the next five years. It’s a time period of both firsts and events that have never been seen before or since. So without further ado, let’s take a look . . .

-This was the first year for the short-lived Best Assistant Director category. A staggering seven people, one from each major studio, were given an award. Overall, eighteen people were nominated and no specific films were nominated along with the individuals.

It Happened One Night won all the major awards, including every award it was nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
-This was the first of two years where write-in votes were allowed. This gave Bette Davis a write-in nomination for Best Actress for role in Of Human Bondage, after she had been snubbed. The award went to Claudette Colbert.

-This was the second and final year for write-in votes. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the only write-in to win an award, for Best Cinematography.
The Informer won Best Adapted Screenplay and became the first ever decline an award, due to union issues.
-The very short lived Best Dance Direction category was first introduced this year.
-An unprecedented three of the five Best Actor nominations went to Mutiny on the Bounty, but none of the three won (it went to Victor McLaglen in The Informer).

-After four years of naming only three Best Director nominees (not including write-ins), the number of nominees was bumped back up to five.
My Man Godfrey was nominated for all four acting categories, and won none of them.

-This was the final year for the Best Dance Direction category. Dave Gould, Bobby Connelly, Hermes Pan and Bugsby Berkeley were nominated all three years it existed.
-Gould’s nomination for A Day at the Races was the only time a Marx Brothers film was nominated for any award.
-It was also the final year for the Best Assistant Director category.
A Star is Born became the first color film to be nominated for Best Picture.


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