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'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins two Oscars

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ wins two Oscars

Nov. 5, 1930: Founder and president of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle Sr., holds the Oscar for outstanding production (later best picture) for the movie “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

The Nov. 6, 1930, Los Angeles Times reported on the Academy Awards ceremony:

Outstanding performance and distinguished individual achievements of motion pictures during the past year were honored with awards of merit last night at the annual dinner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences attended by 600 members and guests at the Ambassador…

The merit awards, the results of balloting by the Academy membership, were announced as follows:

Performance by an actress: Norma Shearer for “The Divorcee.”

Performance by an actor: George Arliss for “Disraeli.”

Writing achievement: Frances Marion for “The Big House.”

Outstanding production: “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Universal Studios of which Carl Laemmle is head.

Achievement by Director: Lewis Milestone for “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

Cinematographic achievement: “With Byrd at the South Pole,” to Willard Van Der Veer and Joseph T. Rucker, jointly.

Art Direction achievement: Herman Rosse for “King of Jazz.”

Sound recording achievement: “The Big House.” Award to the sound department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio…

Yes, the above list is correct, there were only seven awards, with “All Quiet on the Western Front winning two. Thomas Edison and George Eastman were elected honorary members of the academy “in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the production of motion pictures.”

The photo above was cropped down to a head shot and published in the Nov. 6, 1930, Los Angeles Times.

Two Academy Awards shows were held in 1930. On April 3, 1930, the second Academy Awards were held for films released between Aug. 1, 1928, and July 31, 1929. The Nov. 5, 1930, Academy Awards honored pictures released between Aug. 1, 1929 and July 31, 1930.

Nov. 5, 1930. At the third Academy Awards, Norma Shearer, wife of MGM head of production Irving Thalberg, holds her best actress statuette for “The Divorcee.” Credit: Associated Press.

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