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Oscar Write-ins

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Hal Mohr actually won an Oscar for best cinematography for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) as a write-in candidate against the three films officially nominated: Barbary Coast, Les Miserables, and The Crusades.

The year before, Bette Davis had been a heavy write-in candidate for for best actress in Of Human Bondage. The three official candidates were Claudette Colbert, the winner for It Happened One Night, Norma Shearer for The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and Grace Moore for One Night of Love.

The year before that, Marion Davies had been a strong write-in candidate for best actress in Peg o' My Heart. The official candidates were Katharine Hepburn, the winner for Morning Glory, Diana Wynyard for Cavalcade, and May Robson for Lady for a Day.

As a result of these write-ins The Academy banned write-ins after Hal Mohr's outright win. As a result of the strong write-in campaigns for Bette Davis and Marion Davies, the Academy upped the number of acting nominations from three to five (although the the 9th awards that saw Davis win for Dangerous actually had six best actress nominees because of a tie).



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