Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1928-1929

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1928-1929 the last real year of silent movies.

1928-1929

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Alibi, The Broadway Melody, Hollywood Revue, In Old Arizona, The Patriot

THE WINNER: The Broadway Melody (MGM)

DIRECTOR: Harry Beaumont

Players: Charles King, Bessie Love, Anita Page

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Warner Baxter (In Old Arizona); George Bancroft (Thunderbolt); Paul Muni (The Valiant); Chester Morris (Alibi); Lewis Stone (The Patriot)

THE WINNER: Warner Baxter

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Ruth Chatterton (Madame X); Betty Compson (The Barker); Jeanne Eagles (The Letter); Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody); Mary Pickford (Coquette

THE WINNER: Mary Pickford

Behind the Oscar

Silent pictures competed with pioneer sound pictures. The Broadway Melody had sound. Three losing nominees had sound, and one loser, The Patriot, was a silent. After this award, silent pictures were dead. There was local radio coverage for the 1st time. Warner Baxter, as the Cisco Kid, was a popular choice. Mary Pickford was an unpopular choice. It was generally felt Pickford couldn't act on the same stage alongside Eagles or Chatter ton, but the handful of select judges who were doing the awarding gave her the Oscar for being one of the founders of the Motion Picture Academy.

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