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The 7th Academy Awards (1935)

Held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel on Wednesday, February 27, 1935,
honoring movies released in 1934.

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in a scene from "It Happened One Night"

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in a scene from "It Happened One Night."

Best Picture

It Happened One Night Full Image

"It Happened One Night"

Columbia.

Special Award

Shirley Temple ("Bright Eyes") receives a special award for her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934. Full Image

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple ("Bright Eyes") received a special award for her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.

Best Director

Frank Capra Full Image

Frank Capra

Best Director Frank Capra ("It Happened One Night").

The Year

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UCLA Film & Television Archive
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert accept their Academy Awards.
  • Best Picture: "It Happened One Night"
    • "It Happened One Night" also won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), Directing (Frank Capra), and Writing – Adaptation (Robert Riskin)
  • The Academy was bombarded with protests when the nominees were announced; it was the first time there had been such a negative reaction to the selections.
    • People were upset that Bette Davis and Myrna Loy had not been chosen as candidates for Best Actress.
    • On January 16, 1935, the Academy announced that voters could disregard the printed ballot and write in any name.
  • Music was honored for the first time in two categories: Scoring and Song.
  • An award for film editing was also inaugurated.
  • On January 7, 1934, the first Flash Gordon comic strip was published.
  • In May 1934, the first Three Stooges short, "Woman Haters," was released.
  • On May 23, 1934, a team of police officers, led by former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, ambushed bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow near Gibsland, Louisiana, killing them both.
  • On May 28, 1934, the Dionne Quintuplets were born in Ontario, Canada and became the first known surviving quintuplets.
  • On July 22, 1934, "Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger was mortally wounded by FBI agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater.
  • On August 2, 1934, Adolf Hitler proclaimed himself Führer of Germany, thereby becoming head of state as well as chancellor.
  • In August 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived on Alcatraz, which previously had been a military prison.
  • On December 25, 1934, actor Lionel Barrymore began what would become an annual tradition of the Golden Age of Radio – playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in dramatizations of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Special Award

To Shirley Temple, in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.

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