3rd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1930)

  • Date of Ceremony: Wednesday, November 5, 1930
  • For films released in: 1929-1930
  • Host(s): Conrad Nagel
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The third Academy Awards ceremony took place on November 5, 1930. The ceremony once again took place at the Ambassador Hotel. For the first time, the winners at the ceremony were based on votes from the full Academy membership.

Best Picture went to director Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front. The film, based on the novel by German veteran Erich Maria Remarque, starred Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander.

Actor George Arliss won Best Actor for his performance in Disraeli, a role he had also performed on stage.


Outstanding Production

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

Best Directing

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
    Lewis Milestone

Best Actor

  • Disraeli
    George Arliss

Best Actress

  • The Divorcee
    Norma Shearer

Best Art Direction

  • King of Jazz
    Herman Rosse

Best Cinematography

  • With Byrd at the South Pole
    Joseph T. Rucker and Willard Van Der Veer

Best Sound Recording

  • The Big House
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department and Douglas Shearer [Sound Director]

Best Writing

  • The Big House
    Frances Marion
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