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Oscars 1929: Winners and Nominees of the 1st Academy Awards

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These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1929 on 05/16/1929.

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show. Tickets cost $5 (which would be $74 in 2019, considering inflation), 270 people attended the event and the presentation ceremony lasted 15 minutes. Awards were created by Louis B. Mayer, founder of Louis B. Mayer Pictures Corporation (at present merged into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). It is the only Academy Awards ceremony not to be broadcast either on radio or television. The radio broadcast was introduced the following year in 1930. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards – now known as the Oscars – in 12 categories. Winners were announced three months before the live event. Some nominations were announced without reference to a specific film, such as for Ralph Hammeras and Nugent Slaughter, who received nominations in the now defunct category of Engineering Effects. Unlike later ceremonies, an actor could be awarded for multiple works within a calendar year for the same category. Emil Jannings, for example, was given the Best Actor award for his work in both... ()

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans(1927)

NR
| 1h 34min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 233 votes)

A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

The Circus(1928)

4.1/5 (with 211 votes)

Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman - soon the star of the show - and falls in love with the circus owner's stepdaughter.

The Jazz Singer(1927)

1h 29min | Drama, Music
3.3/5 (with 55 votes)

A young Jewish man is torn between tradition and individuality when his old-fashioned family objects to his career as a jazz singer. This is the first full length feature film to use synchronized sound, and is the original film musical.

Directed by Alan Crosland - With Warner Oland, Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Richard Tucker, Yossele Rosenblatt, Richard Tucker, ...

The Crowd(1928)

1h 38min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 45 votes)

John, an ambitious but undisciplined New York City office worker, meets and marries Mary. They start a family, struggle to cope with marital stress, financial setbacks, and tragedy, all while lost amid the anonymous, pitiless throngs of the big city.

Wings(1927)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Drama, Action, War, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 69 votes)

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, both in love with the same woman, become US Air Corps fighter pilots and, eventually, heroic flying aces during World War I. Devoted best friends, their mutual love of the girl eventually threatens their bond. Meanwhile, a hometown girl who's the lovestruck lifelong next door neighbor of one of them, pines away.

The Last Command(1928)

3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Two Arabian Knights(1927)

3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

During World War I, two American soldiers fight to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl.

7th Heaven(1927)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 23 votes)

A dejected Parisian sewer worker feels his prayers have been answered when he falls in love with a street waif.

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness(1927)

3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

Speedy(1928)

3.8/5 (with 23 votes)

Speedy loses his job as a soda jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl's grandfather) out of business, Speedy organizes the neighborhood old-timers to thwart their scheme.

Directed by Ted Wilde - With Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe Ruth, Ann Christy, Jack Hill, ...

Street Angel(1928)

NR
| 1h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

A spirited young woman finds herself destitute and on the streets before joining a traveling carnival, where she meets a vagabond painter.

Directed by Frank Borzage - With Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Alberto Rabagliati, Henry Armetta, Natalie Kingston

Underworld(1927)

NR
| 1h 27min | Drama, Crime
3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

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Sadie Thompson(1928)

1h 37min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 10 votes)

A young, beautiful prostitute named Sadie Thompson arrives on the South Pacific island of Pago Pago looking for honest work and falls for Timothy O'Hara, an American sailor who is unfazed by her unsavory past. However, Mr. Davidson, a missionary who arrived on the island at the same time, aims to "save" Sadie from her sinful life and petitions to have her separated from her beau and deported back to San Francisco.

The Racket(1928)

1h 24min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

In this silent film, a renegade police captain sets out to catch a sadistic mob boss.

Tempest(1928)

1h 51min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

In the final days of Czarist Russia, a peasant is raised from the ranks to Lieutenant. The other officers, aristocrats all, resent him, and make his life difficult. He falls in love with a princess, who spurns him. When he is caught in her room, he is stripped of his rank and thrown into prison. Then comes the Red Terror, and the tables are turned.

The Way of All Flesh(1927)

1h 34min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 1 vote)

The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in securities to Chicago. On the train he meets a blond seductress who convinces him to buy her a bottle of champagne, and takes him to a saloon. The next morning he awakes alone in a dilapidated bedroom and without the securities.

The Patent Leather Kid(1927)

2h 30min | War, Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

The Patent Leather Kid is a 1927 silent film which tells the story of a boxer who scoffs at fighting outside the ring... particularly for the United States once it enters World War I. Eventually, he is drafted, is shipped overseas, and performs a heroic act, which results in his being severely wounded.

The Devil Dancer(1927)

1h 13min | Drama, Romance / Love

THE DEVIL DANCER was highly praised at time of release for its exquisite cinematography, especially in the use of light and shadow. The film received an Academy Award nomination in this category. Sadly, it is among the lost. No prints or negatives are known to survive.

A Ship Comes In(1928)

1h 10min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Film which tells the story of immigrants coming to the United States.

Sorrell and Son(1927)

1h 40min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Stephen Sorrell, a decorated war hero, raises his son Kit alone after Kit's mother deserts husband and child in the boy's infancy. Sorrell loses a promising job offer and is forced to take work as a menial. Both his dignity and his health are damaged as he suffers under the exhausting labor and harsh treatment he receives as a hotel porter. But Sorrell thrives in the knowledge that his son will benefit from his labors. Sorrell has allowed the boy to believe his mother dead, but when the mother shows up, wanting to re-enter the young man's life, Sorrell must make hard decisions.

The Magic Flame(1927)

1h 40min | Romance / Love, Drama

The Magic Flame (1927) is a feature film directed by Henry King, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and based on the play Konig Harlekin by Rudolph Lothar. George Barnes was nominated at the 1st Academy Awards for Best Cinematography. The film promoted itself as the Romeo and Juliet of the circus upon its release. An incomplete copy missing reels 3, 7, and 8 is housed at the Museum Of Modern Art according to the Library of Congress' American Silent Feature Film Survival Database.

Glorious Betsy(1928)

1h 20min | Drama, History

Vitaphone production reels #2471-2478; third Warner Bros. feature film - the first being The Jazz Singer and the second Tenderloin - to include talking sequences, along with the by now usual Vitaphone musical score and sound effects. A copy of this film survives at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but the sound disks are lost.

The Dove(1927)

1h 30min | Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Norma Talmadge plays a Mexican saloon singer, known as 'The Dove.' She is romanced by a young caballero and menaced by a Villa-like brute of a dictator, played by Noah Beery.

The Private Life of Helen of Troy(1927)

1h 27min | Comedy

Setting the standard for his later light-hearted biopics The Private Life of Henry VIII and Rembrandt, producer-director Alexander Korda steadfastly refuses to take any of The Private Life of Helen of Troy seriously. Maria Corda, wife of the director, plays the title character as a fetchingly underdressed coquette, oblivious to all the political turmoil she's causing when she allows the handsome Paris (Ricardo Cortez) to kidnap her. Meanwhile, poor King Menelaus (Lewis Stone), Helen's husband, stands by in stoic silence, just as he's done on previous occasions when his wife succumbed to the charms of various sexy suitors (one of whom is played by future cowboy star "Wild Bill" Elliot). Finally galvanized into action, Menelaus reclaims his bride, who seems none the worse for wear for her experiences.

The Noose(1928)

1h 5min | Drama

In this suspenseful silent crime drama, a hijacker proves his loyalty to his mother by killing his biological father, a blackmailing gangster who has been threatening to destroy the mother's happy marriage to the governor.

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