5th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1932)

  • Date of Ceremony: Friday, November 18, 1932
  • For films released in: 1931-1932
  • Host(s): Lionel Barrymore and Conrad Nagel
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The Academy Awards® headed back to the Ambassador Hotel for its fifth edition, this time heading to the famed hotel’s Fiesta Room on November 18th, 1932. The ceremony was co-hosted by Conrad Nagel and Lionel Barrymore.

Grand Hotel went home with the Best Picture and the Best Actor category saw a tie between Wallace Beery and Fredric March.

That tie also led to one of the funnier lines of the night. March, alluding to the fact that both he and Beery had just adopted children, quipped that, “Under the circumstances, it seems a little odd that Wally and I were both given awards for the best male performance of the year.”


Outstanding Production

  • Grand Hotel

Best Directing

  • Bad Girl
    Frank Borzage

Best Actor

  • The Champ
    Wallace Beery
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    Fredric March

Best Actress

  • The Sin of Madelon Claudet
    Helen Hayes

Best Art Direction

  • Transatlantic
    Gordon Wiles

Best Cinematography

  • Shanghai Express
    Lee Garmes

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • Flowers and Trees
    Walt Disney

Best Short Subject (Comedy)

  • The Music Box
    Hal Roach

Best Short Subject (Novelty)

  • Wrestling Swordfish
    Mack Sennett

Best Sound Recording

  • Paramount Publix Studio Sound Department

Best Writing (Adaptation)

  • Bad Girl
    Edwin Burke

Best Writing (Original Story)

  • The Champ
    Frances Marion

Special Award

  • Walt Disney
    Note: …for the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Scientific or Technical Award (Class II)

  • Technicolor Motion Picture Corp.
    Note: …for its color cartoon process.

Scientific or Technical Award (Class III)

  • Eastman Kodak Company
    Note: …for its Type II-B Sensitometer.
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