|1st & only silent film to win Best-Pic|
|Dir: Frank Borzage.|
- Movie-lore: Popular Cinema & its Evolution since 1895. Based on World Movies in general & Hollywood in particular. NS.
- Trivia Galore- IV. contd..... D Academy has come a long way, from it's 1st Presentation on May 16,1929 took place away from d Media & Public glare. Only 270 persons attended with a entry fee of $5 each at d Blossom room of d Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Today d World awaits, anticipated for d spring month's gala/mega-event held each year without fail.
- Only 3 times in d Academy's history of more than 8 decades, d event couldn't b held as scheduled, d 1st delay was in 1938, due to enormous flooding of LA, d event got delayed by a week. D next was in 1968, as a mark of respect for d assassination of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr's funeral held on d 9th April, d ceremony was delayed by 2 days from 8th-10th April that year. D 3rd time when d ceremony got delayed was due to an Assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan d Pres of USA, d ceremony was delayed by 24 hrs.
- In 2003 with d Iraqi invasion by d US Armed Forces on a Thursday before d Ceremony's telecast d show was held as scheduled though a majority from d World Press weren't invited, also d red-carpet bleachers were eliminated.
- D 1st recipient of d Statuette was technically d German tragedian actor Emil Jannings who was selected as d 1st ever winner of d Best-Actor category for his roles in "The Last Command" & "The Way of all Flesh". D 1st ever statuette was presented to him because d Academy conceded to his request of receiving d trophy earlier as he was to return to Europe before d Ceremony, thus becoming d 1st receiver of d statuette.
- D 1st televised Oscar ceremony was in 1953 on its 25th edition, & d color telecast was introduced in it's 38th ceremony in 1966. It was from its 28th edition in 1969 that d ceremony was globally televised, making it available to a larger audience world-wide.
- In an effort to present an award that didn't fit into any given category, d Academy presented 2 spl awards, 1 to Warner Bros for producing "The Jazz Singer" d 1st all talking film, & d other to Charles Chaplin for writing,directing,producing, & acting in "The Circus" in d Academy's 1st ever presentation ceremony on May 16, 1929.
- There were no surprises involved because d winners were declared 3 months earlier. The Academy in a bid to maintain secrecy started giving d winner's list to d Press at 2300hrs on d Awards nite which contd till 1940.When d LA Times published in it's evening edition all d names of winners breaking d embargo & much to d Academy's dismay, as it was easily available to d Guest's coming for d ceremony. This prompted d Academy to adopt d sealed envelope system which is in use even now. In 1934 a write-in campaign in favor of nominating Bette Davis for her role in "Of Human Bondage", though d Academy now prohibits write-ins on d final. Also that year d Academy in its 7th edition retained an accounting firm "Price Waterhouse" now known as "Price Waterhouse Coopers" to tabulate d ballots & to ensure d secrecy of d winners, which continues till today.
- To b contd.....