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The 2nd Academy Awards (1930)

Held at the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel on Thursday, April 3, 1930,
honoring movies released from August 1, 1928 – July 31, 1929.

Hans Kraly, William C. De Mille, Mary Pickford, and Warner Baxter at the 2nd Academy Awards ceremony.

Hans Kraly, William C. de Mille, Mary Pickford, and Warner Baxter at the 2nd Academy Awards ceremony.

Best Picture

The Broadway Melody Full Image

"The Broadway Melody"

Produced by Harry Rapf

Best Actor

Warner Baxter Full Image

Warner Baxter

Best Actor Warner Baxter ("In Old Arizona").

Best Director

Frank Lloyd Full Image

Frank Lloyd

Best Director Frank Lloyd ("The Divine Lady").

The Year

  • Best Picture: "The Broadway Melody"
  • Awards were presented in only seven categories.
  • No distinction was made in the voting between sound and silent films. All awards went to films with sound.
  • The award presentations were made by the new Academy president, William C. de Mille.
  • The first radio broadcast from an Academy Awards ceremony (by local L.A. station KNX) took place.
  • Frank Lloyd received consideration for his direction of three films, "The Divine Lady," "Drag" and "Weary River"; he won the Directing award for "The Divine Lady."
  • Hans Kraly won for writing for "The Patriot"; his work on "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" was also considered by the judges.
  • In September 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
  • On November 6, 1928, Herbert Hoover won the U.S. presidential election.
  • In November 1928, the Boston Garden opened in Boston.
  • In March 1929, the San Francisco Bay Toll Bridge opened; it was the longest bridge in the world at the time.
  • In July 1929, Pope Pius XI emerged from the Vatican and entered St. Peter’s Square after the ratification of the Lateran Treaty, which established Vatican City as a sovereign state. The pope’s appearance ended nearly 60 years of papal self-imprisonment within the Vatican.
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