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The 3rd Academy Awards (1930)

Held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel on Wednesday, November 5, 1930,
honoring movies released from August 1, 1929 – July 31, 1930.

The 3rd Academy Awards banquet held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel.

The 3rd Academy Awards banquet held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel.

Best Picture

All Quiet On The Western Front Full Image

“All Quiet on the Western Front”


Best Actor

George Arliss Full Image

George Arliss

Best Actor George Arliss in a scene from “Disraeli.”

Best Actress

Norma Shearer Full Image

Norma Shearer

Best Actress Norma Shearer (“The Divorcee”).

The Year

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Norma Shearer accepts her Best Actress Academy Award.
  • Best Picture: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
    • “All Quiet on the Western Front” also won for Directing (Lewis Milestone)
  • Voting rules changed drastically; the nominations and winners were voted on by the entire Academy membership, not just by a board of judges.
  • Academy members, for the first time, were charged a $10 fee to attend the banquet and the event sold out.
  • Thomas A. Edison and George Eastman were both given honorary Academy memberships for their pioneering in the film medium. Although Edison did not attend the event, he provided a film that was shown after the banquet.
  • Eight awards were presented.
  • George Arliss won Best Actor for "Disraeli" and it was the first time a performer was honored by the Academy for recreating a role on screen which he had previously performed on stage.
  • On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression.
  • In November 1929, the Museum of Modern Art opened to the public in New York City.
  • In January 1930, the Mickey Mouse comic strip made its first appearance.
  • On April 18, 1930, the BBC Radio Service from London, somewhat infamously, reported on this day that "There is no news."
  • In April 1930, Warner Bros. released the cartoon "Sinkin’ in the Bathtub," the inaugural entry in its long-running "Looney Tunes" series, which was overseen by animation greats such as Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Tex Avery during its four decades of production.
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