ⓘ 7th Academy Awards


ⓘ 7th Academy Awards

The 7th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1934, was held on February 27, 1935, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Irvin S. Cobb.

Frank Capras influential romantic comedy It Happened One Night became the first film to perform a "clean sweep" of the top five award categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. This feat would later be duplicated by One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992. It also was the first romantic comedy to be named Best Picture, and the first to win two acting Oscars.

For the first time, the Academy standardized the practice – still in effect – that the award eligibility period for a film would be the preceding calendar year.

This was also the first of only two years in which write-in candidates were allowed by the Academy as a tacit response to the controversy surrounding the snub of Bette Davis performance in Of Human Bondage.

The categories of Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song were first introduced this year.

This was the last time that those in the Best Actor category were all first time nominees, as well as the last time until the 43rd Academy Awards where either leading acting category had all first time nominees All nominees in the Best Actress category that year were all first timers, the only other time this had occurred since the 2nd Academy Awards.

Shirley Temple received the first Juvenile Award at age six, making her the youngest Oscar recipient ever.