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When you look at the Wikipedia page for each Academy Awards, you not only get a complete list of nominees and winners, you also get interesting trivia and records for each ceremony.  The interesting trivia actually starts with the second ceremony 1928-1929:

----Only ceremony where no film won more than one award.  (Two other movies will follow The Broadway Melody in only winning Best Picture.)

----With the exception of the previous year, when there were two directing awards, The Divine Lady is the only movie to win best director without being nominated for best picture.

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2 minutes ago, skimpole said:

When you look at the Wikipedia page for each Academy Awards, you not only get a complete list of nominees and winners, you also get interesting trivia and records for each ceremony.  The interesting trivia actually starts with the second ceremony 1928-1929:

----Only ceremony where no film won more than one award.  (Two other movies will follow The Broadway Melody in only winning Best Picture.)

----With the exception of the previous year, when there were two directing awards, The Divine Lady is the only movie to win best director without being nominated for best picture.

Yeah, but the first Oscar ceremony pretty much had two Best Pictures: "Wings" (named Outstanding Picture) and "Sunrise" (named Best Unique and Artistic Picture). The latter category was quickly discontinued.

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Third Academy Award Trivia (1929-1930)

----All Quiet on the Western Front first film to win both best picture and best director.

----The Love Parade sets new record for most nominations (six).  It also sets record as movie with most nominations not to win an award.

Fourth Academy Award Trivia (1930-1931)

-----Cimarron only western to win best picture until Dances with Wolves

-----Jackie Cooper becomes youngest Best Actor nominee, as well as second youngest nominee ever

-----Cimarron and A Free Soul first movies to get multiple acting nominations

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Gloria Swanson, who still has no picture on her TCM bio page, was the first actor or actress to win back-to-back nominations ... for SADIE THOMPSON and THE TRESPASSER.  Swanson was also the first to be nominated for a silent film and a talkie.

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Marion Davies  had the first major write-in campaign in 1934 for PEG O' MY HEART. There were only 3 acting nominees that year: Katharine Hepburn won for MORNING GLORY over May Robson for LADY FOR A DAY and Diana Wynyard for CAVALCADE. Had there been 5 nominees, Davies would likely have been nominated.

The next year (also only 3 acting nominees) Bette Davis had an even bigger write-in campaign for OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and the year after that Hal Mohr actually won the Oscar for Cinematography as a write-in for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The Academy banned write-ins altogether after this embarrassment (not nominating Mohr).

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After the "fiasco" of limiting acting nominations to only 3 for the 1934 and 1935 years (for films released in 1933 and 1934), the Academy returned to 5 nominees in 1936 (where it has stayed ever since), although 6 actress were nominated  that year! The Academy banned ties for nominations after that although ties for wins have since occurred.

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Fifth Academy Awards (1931-1932) Trivia

-----Grand Hotel is the only best picture winner to be only nominated for best picture. 

-----Interestingly, two films not nominated for best picture will get more nominations than the winner.  This would also happen for the awards for 1952 and 2006.

-----This is the last year no movie won more than two awards

Sixth Academy Awards (1932-1933)

-----Last time no movie gets more than four nominations.  No movie not nominated for best picture got more than one nomination.

-----May Robson, born in 1858, becomes the earliest born person to get an acting nomination.

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Seventh Academy Awards (1934)

------First time one movie wins the big five (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay)

------Last time all best actor nominees are first time nominees.

Eighth Academy Awards (1935)

------Mutiny on the Bounty is the last film to only win Best Picture, and only film to get three acting nominations

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On 2/27/2020 at 2:40 AM, skimpole said:

Fifth Academy Awards (1931-1932) Trivia

-----Grand Hotel is the only best picture winner to be only nominated for best picture. 

-----Interestingly, two films not nominated for best picture will get more nominations than the winner.  This was also happen for the awards for 1952 and 2006.

-----This is the last year no movie won more than two awards

Sixth Academy Awards (1932-1933)

-----Last time no movie gets more than four nominations.  No movie not nominated for best picture got more than one nomination.

Which films were the two in 1931-1932

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9th  Academy Awards (1936)

------My Man Godfrey is the first movie to get a nomination for all four acting categories (supporting awards having been given the first time this year).  It is the only such movie not to be nominated for best picture, though three other movies will get four acting nominations and not be nominated for best picture. 

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...though three other movies will get four acting nominations and not be nominated for best picture. 

I Remember Mama (1948), Othello (1965), and Doubt (2008).

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10th Academy  Awards (1937)

----Luise Rainer becomes the first actor to win  two acting awards, and two awards in a row

----A Star if Born becomes the first color film to get a best picture nomination

----This is the first year every best picture nominee is a multiple oscar nominee.

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11th Academy awards (1938)

-----Grand Illusion becomes the first foreign language movie to be nominated for best picture

-----Frank Capra becomes the first director to win three best director oscars (to be followed by William Wyler and John Ford, who will win four)

-----Fay Bainter becomes first actor to get two nominations in the same year

-----Spencer Tracy becomes first (male) actor to win two Best Actor awards in a row, followed by Tom Hanks for 1993/1994

-----This is the first of two times when three of the four acting awards went to actors who had won before.  The second time will be for 1994. 

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12th Academy awards (1939)

-----First year where more than one film gets double-digit nominations

-----Hattie McDaniel becomes first African-American winner, for best supporting actress

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13th Academy awards (1940)

-----Rebecca becomes the last best picture winner not to win an award for directing, acting or writing

-----Only time three directors (Ford, Hitchcock and Sam Wood) have two films nominated for best picture

-----First time a film not nominated for best picture (The Thief of Bagdad) wins the most oscars.  It and Pinocchio are the first movies not nominated for best picture to win multiple awards.

14th Academy awards (1941)

------John Ford becomes the first director to win two years in a row

15th Academy Awards (1942)

-----Only four way tie (for best documentary)

16th Academy Awards (1943)

-----The Ox-Bow Incident is the last film to be only nominated for best picture.

 

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17th Academy Awards (1944)

-----Barry Fitzgerald becomes only person to be nominated for both Best Actor and Supporting Actor for the same role

18th Academy Awards (1945)

----For the first time, all the best picture nominees win a competitive oscar

19th Academy Awards (1946)

----By winning both a special award and Best Supporting Actor, Harold Russell becomes the only actor to win two oscars for the same performance

----As of May 21, 2020, this is the oldest Academy awards where a lead performance winner (Olivia de Havilland) is still alive.

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21st Academy Awards (1948)

-----Hamlet becomes first non-Hollywood film to win best picture.  It is also the first film where the director (Olivier of courses) directs himself into an oscar-winning  performance.

22nd Academy Awards (1949)

-----Last year when all best picture nominees are in black and white.  Also first year all best picture nominees won multiple awards.

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23rd Academy Awards (1950)

------All About Eve wins a record 14 nominations, which will be matched by Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016).

24th Academy Awards (1951)

------Humphrey Bogart becomes the last man born in the 19th century to win Best Actor

------An American in Paris becomes the second colour movie to win best picture, and the first since Grant Hotel without any acting nominations

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25th Academy Awards (1952)

-------The Bad and the Beautiful wins the most awards (five) for a movie not nominated for best picture.  It joins The Thief of Bagdad as the only movies which won the most awards that year notwithstanding not being nominated for best picture

-------The Greatest show on Earth becomes the last best picture winner to win only two oscars until Spotlight

--------John Ford wins his 4th best director award, a record.

-------Shirley Booth becomes the last woman (and person) born in the 19th century to win an  lead performance award

-------For the first time the top six awards (Picture, director and the four acting awards) are won by six different movies.  This will happen again for the years 1956, 2005 and 2012.

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Who is the Earliest living Actor/Actress winner?

Actress

Janet Gaynor (1927/1928, Sunrise, Seventh Heaven, Street Angel)  until September 14, 1984

Helen Hayes (1931-1932, The Sin of Madelon Claudet)  September 14, 1984-March 17, 1993

Katharine Hepburn (1932-1933, Morning Glory) March 17, 1993-June 29, 2003

Luise Rainer (1936, The Great Ziegfeld) June 29, 2003-December 30, 2014

Olivia de Havilland (1946, To Each His Own) December 30, 2014-July 26, 2020

Joanne Woodward (1957, The Three Faces of Eve) July 26, 2020-Present

(runners-up)

Sophia Loren (1961, Two Women)

Julie Andrews (1964, Mary Poppins)

Julie Christie (1965, Darling)

Barbra Streisand (1968, Funny Girl)

Maggie Smith (1969, The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie)

Actor

Emil Jannings (1927/1928, The Way of all Flesh, The Last Command) until January 2, 1950

Warner Baxter (1928/1929, In Old Arizona) January 2, 1950-May 7, 1951

Lionel Barrymore (1930/1931, A Free Soul) May 7, 1951-November 15, 1954

Fredric March (1931/1932, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)  November 15, 1954-April 14, 1975

James Stewart (1940, The Philadelphia Story), April 14, 1975-July 2, 1997

Marlon Brando (1954, On the Waterfront), July 2, 1997-July 1, 2004

Ernest Borgnine (1955, Marty), July 1, 2004-July 8, 2012

Maximilian Schell (1961, Judgement at Nuremberg), July 8, 2012-February 1, 2014

Sidney Poitier (1963, Lilies of the Field) February 1, 2014-Present

(runners-up)

Gene Hackman (1970, The French Connection)

Jack Nicholson (1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

Richard Dreyfus (1977, The Goodbye Girl)

Jon Voight (1978, Midnight Cowboy)

Dustin Hoffman (1979, Kramer vs. Kramer)

 

George Chakiris is the earliest living Supporting Actor winner, having followed Walter Brennan, Harold Russell and Karl Malden.  He is followed by  Joel Grey, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Timothy Hutton and Louis Gossett Jr.   Eva Marie Saint is the earliest living Supporting Actress winner, and acting oscar winner having followed Gale Sondergaard, Mary Astor, Teresa Wright and Celeste Holm.  She is followed by Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno, Estelle Parsons, Goldie Hawn and Cloris Leachman. 

 

 

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27th Academy Awards (1954)

------Dorothy Dandridge becomes the first African-American Best Actress nominee, as well as lead acting nominee

29th Academy Awards (1956)

-----For the first time, all five best picture nominees are in color

 

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30th Academy Awards (1957)

-----Peyton Place gets a record five acting nominations with no wins, to be matched by Tom Jones (1963) 

31st Academy Awards (1958)

----Gigi is the last film to win best picture without any acting nominations until The Last Emperor.  It also has the biggest clean sweep until The Last Emperor (both win nine) and The Lord of the Rings:  the Return of the King (which wins eleven, also without any acting nominations)

32nd Academy Awards (1959)

------Ben-Hur wins a record eleven oscars, to be matched by Titanic (1997) and The Return of the King (2003).

------William Wyler becomes the last person to win three directing awards, and the only person to direct three Best Picture winners.

------Ben-Hur wins both best actor and supporting actor, the third movie to do so and the last to do so before Mystic River (2003)

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33rd Academy Awards (1960)

------The Apartment becomes the last black and white film to win best picture, with the deliberately retro examples of Schindler's List and The Artist.

34th Academy Awards (1961)

-----Sophia Loren becomes the first foreign language speaking role to win a major acting award.   She's also the seventh Actress to win for a film with only one nomination (the eighth will be The Accused in 1988.)

35th Academy Awards (1963)

-----Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American to win best actor.  He is also the earliest Best Actor winner still living as of today.

 

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