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."
Best PictureFull Image
"It Happened One Night"
Special AwardFull Image
Shirley Temple ("Bright Eyes") received a special award for her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.
Best DirectorFull Image
Best Director Frank Capra ("It Happened One Night").
- 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.
To Shirley Temple, in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.