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The 5th Academy Awards (1932)

Held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel on Friday, November 18, 1932,
honoring movies released from August 1, 1931 – July 31, 1932.

Frank Borzage, Helen Hayes, and Fredric March at the 5th Academy Awards ceremony held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel.

Frank Borzage, Helen Hayes, and Fredric March at the 5th Academy Awards ceremony held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel.

Best Picture

Grand Hotel Full Image

“Grand Hotel”

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Best Actor

Marie Dressler and Lionel Barrymore Full Image

Wallace Beery

Lionel Barrymore, Master of Ceremonies Conrad Nagel, Best Actor Wallace Beery (“The Champ”).

Special Award

Norma Shearer Full Image

Walt Disney

Walt Disney received a special award for the creation of Mickey Mouse.

The Year

“Hollywood on the Air”

Originally aired November 17, 1932, the eve of the 5th Academy Awards, on Los Angeles station KECA.

  • Best Picture: “Grand Hotel”
  • Actor Conrad Nagel was the master of ceremonies.
  • Wallace Beery (“The Champ”) and Fredric March (“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”) tied for Best Actor.
    • They came within one vote of each other so, according to Academy rules at the time, they shared the recognition.
  • In October 1931, Dick Tracy, a comic strip detective character created by cartoonist Chester Gould, made his debut appearance in the Detroit Mirror newspaper.
  • In December 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Hull House and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
  • In December 1931, Hattie Caraway became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate when she was appointed to fill her late husband’s seat. She was confirmed in a special election in January 1932.
  • In February 1932, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was published.
  • On May 2, 1932, comedian Jack Benny’s radio show aired for the first time.
  • On July 8, 1932, the Dow Jones reached its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.

Special Award

To Walt Disney for the creation of "Mickey Mouse."

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