The 4th Academy Awards (1931)
Held at the Sala D’Oro in the Biltmore Hotel on Tuesday, November 10, 1931,
honoring movies released from August 1, 1930 – July 31, 1931.
The 4th Academy Awards banquet held at the Sala D’Oro in the Biltmore Hotel.
Best PictureFull Image
Best Actor and Best ActressFull Image
Marie Dressler and Lionel Barrymore
Marie Dressler ("Min and Bill") and Lionel Barrymore ("A Free Soul").
Best DirectorFull Image
Norman Taurog and Jackie Cooper
Best Director Norman Taurog (“Skippy”) with his nephew Jackie Cooper, who was nominated for his performance as the title character in the film.
- Best Picture: "Cimarron"
- "Cimarron" also won Academy Awards for Art Direction (Max Rée) and Writing – Adaptation (Howard Estabrook)
- The Scientific or Technical Awards were presented for the first time.
- President Herbert Hoover sent Vice President Charles Curtis to attend the ceremony.
- At the ceremony, nine-year-old Jackie Cooper, nominated for Best Actor in "Skippy," fell asleep on the shoulder of Best Actress nominee Marie Dressler. When Dressler was announced as the winner, Cooper had to be eased onto his mother’s lap.
- In August 1930, Betty Boop premiered in the animated film "Dizzy Dishes."
- On December 2, 1930, President Herbert Hoover gave his State of the Union Address, in which he asked for at least $100 million to fund a public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
- In February 1931, the original "Dracula," starring Bela Lugosi, was released.
- In March 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem of the United States.
- In March 1931, Nevada legalized gambling.
- On May 1,1931, New York City’s Empire State Building opened to the public.