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The 9th Academy Awards (1937)

Held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, March 4, 1937,
honoring movies released in 1936.

The 9th Academy Awards presentation dinner at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel.

The 9th Academy Awards presentation dinner at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel.

Best Picture

The Great Ziegfeld Full Image

“The Great Ziegfeld”

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Supporting Actor and Actress

Best Actress Bette Davis (“Dangerous”). Full Image

Walter Brennan and Gale Sondergaard

Best Supporting Actor Walter Brennan (“Come and Get It”) and Best Supporting Actress Gale Sondergaard (“Anthony Adverse”).

Actor, Actress, Director

Frank Capra Full Image

Paul Muni, Luise Rainer and Frank Capra

Best Actor Paul Muni (“The Story of Louis Pasteur”), Luise Rainer, Actress (“The Great Ziegfeld”), Best Director Frank Capra (“Mr. Deeds Goes to Town”).

The Year

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UCLA Film & Television Archive
Luise Rainer and Paul Muni accept their Academy Awards.
  • Best Picture: “The Great Ziegfeld”
    • “The Great Ziegfeld” also won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Luise Rainer) and Dance Direction (Seymour Felix)
  • The Academy began to honor performances by actors and actresses in supporting roles.
    • Walter Brennan ("Come and Get It") and Gale Sondergaard ("Anthony Adverse") were the first winners.
  • Walt Disney won a fifth straight Academy Award for producing the best cartoon of the year.
  • On January 31, 1936, "The Green Hornet" radio show debuted.
  • In May 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s only novel, Gone with the Wind, was published.
  • On August 1, 1936, the 1936 Summer Olympics opened in Berlin, Germany, and marked the first television coverage of the games. African-American track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals, while around him Nazi propaganda touted Aryan racial superiority.
  • On November 23, 1936, the first edition of Life magazine was published.
  • In December 1936, Prince Albert, Duke of York, became King of England, reigning as King George VI.

Special Award

To "The March of Time" for its significance to motion pictures and for having revolutionized one of the most important branches of the industry - the newsreel.

Special Award

To W. Howard Greene and Harold Rosson for the color cinematography of the Selznick International Production, "The Garden of Allah."

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