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The 6th Academy Awards (1934)

Held at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel on Friday, March 16, 1934,
honoring movies released from August 1, 1932 – December 31, 1933.

Franklin Hansen, Will Rogers, and Frank Lloyd at the 6th Academy Awards ceremony at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel.

Franklin Hansen, Will Rogers, and Frank Lloyd at the 6th Academy Awards ceremony at the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel.

Best Picture

Cavalcade Full Image

“Cavalcade ”

Fox.

Best Actor

Charles Laughton (“King Henry.”) with wife, Elsa Lanchester. Full Image

Charles Laughton

Best Actor Charles Laughton (“The Private Life of Henry VIII”) with wife, Elsa Lanchester.

Best Actress

Norma Shearer Full Image

Katharine Hepburn

Best Actress winner Katharine Hepburn in “Morning Glory.”

The Year

  • Best Picture: “Cavalcade”
    • “Cavalcade” also won Academy Awards for Art Direction (William S. Darling) and Directing (Frank Lloyd)
  • In 1933, the Academy changed the eligibility year to match the calendar year (January-December). For the 6th Awards, films from August 1932 through December 1933 were considered.
  • Humorist Will Rogers was the host.
  • Thirteen award categories were honored, including a new one for assistant directors (which included 18 nominees and seven winners).
  • On March 16, 1934, the first confirmed newspaper reference to the Academy Award as an "Oscar" appeared when Sidney Skolsky used the word in his gossip column.
  • Second and third place runners-up in all categories were announced.
  • In September 1932, Mahatma Gandhi began a hunger strike in a Poona prison.
  • On October 1, 1932, in the fifth inning of game three of the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth made his famous “called shot,” when he pointed in the direction of center field and hit a home run.
  • On December 27, 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
  • On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany.
  • On February 17, 1933 Newsweek magazine was published for the first time.
  • On March 2, 1933, the original “King Kong,” starring Fay Wray, premiered at Radio City Music Hall and the Roxy Theatre in New York City.
  • On March 12, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation in the first of his “Fireside Chats.”
  • On April 7, 1933, beer was legalized in the United States, eight months before the full repeal of Prohibition went into effect.
  • In May 1933, the first modern alleged sighting of the Loch Ness Monster occurred.
  • On June 6, 1933, the first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey.