Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1936

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1936, The Great Ziegfeld gets top honors.

1936

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Anthony Adverse, The Great Ziegfeld, Dodsworth, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, A Tale of Two Cities, Three Smart Girls.

THE WINNER: The Great Ziegfeld (MGM)

DIRECTOR: Robert Z. Leonard

PLAYERS: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Gary Cooper (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town); Paul Muni (The Story of Louis Pasteur); Walter Huston (Dodsworth); William Powell (My Man Godfrey); Spencer Tracy (San Francisco)

THE WINNER: Paul Muni

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Irene Dunne (Theodora Goes Wild); Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld); Gladys George (Valiant Is the Word for Carrie); Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey); Norma Shearer (Romeo and Juliet)

THE WINNER: Luise Rainer

Behind the Oscar

A real hassle. MC George Jessel gave the wrong awards to the right winners of the newly introduced best supporting actor and actress categories. The Great Ziegfeld was an unpopular winner with the press, who felt its lush gaudiness had brainwashed voters. Luise Rainer's victory also came under fire, since it was felt her role in Ziegfeld had not been big enough. There was no dissent about Paul Muni's victory.

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