2nd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1930)

  • Date of Ceremony: Thursday, April 3, 1930
  • For films released in: 1928-1929
  • Host(s): William C. deMille
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The 2nd Annual Academy Awards were presented at an awards ceremony held in the Cocoanut Grove lounge of The Ambassador Hotel. They were held on April 3, 1930 and covered films released between August 1st, 1928 and July 31st, 1929.

The evening was hosted by director and Academy President William C. deMille, the older brother of fellow director Cecil B. DeMille. The evening also marked the first time that the ceremony was broadcast, with LA radio station KNX sending the results out over the airwaves.

Only seven awards were handed out, with Best Actress going to one of the Academy’s founders, Mary Pickford. Pickford was recognized for her work in Coquette, which was her first talking picture.


Outstanding Picture

  • The Broadway Melody

Best Directing

  • The Divine Lady
    Frank Lloyd

Best Actor

  • In Old Arizona
    Warner Baxter

Best Actress

  • Coquette
    Mary Pickford

Best Art Direction

  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Cedric Gibbons

Best Cinematography

  • White Shadows in the South Seas
    Clyde De Vinna

Best Writing

  • The Patriot
    Hans Kraly
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