Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1933-1934

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1933-1934, It Happened One Night wins top honors.

1934

Best Picture

NOMINEES: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Cleopatra, It Happened one Night, Flirtation Walk, The Gay Divorcee, Here Comes the Navy, The House Of Rothschild, Imitation of Life, One Night of Love, The Thin Man, Vva Villa, The White Parade

THE WINNER: It Happened One Night (Columbia)

DIRECTOR: Frank Capra

PLAYERS: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Clark Gable (It Happened One Night); William Powell (The Thin Man); Frank Morgan (Affairs of Cellini)

THE WINER: Clark Gable

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Norma Shearer (The Barretts of Wimpole Street); Grace Moore (One Night of Love); Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)

THE WINNER: Claudette Colbert

Behind the Oscar

The only time a write-in vote was permitted. When nominees for best actress were made public, there was outrage that Bette Davis had not been nominated for her superb performance in Of Human Bondage. The Academy was inundated by calls, letters, editorials. So the academy told its members they could vote the names on the printed ballot or write any other name they wished. Great suspense, although nominee Claudette Colbert felt that the write-in announcement would give it to Bette Davis in walk. But Davis came in 4th in the final voting. Colbert, certain she had no chance, had just got on a train for N.Y. when informed for her victory. She hastened to the ceremony, grabbed her award, rushed back to the waiting train.

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