7th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1935)

  • Date of Ceremony: Wednesday, February 27, 1935
  • For films released in: 1934
  • Host(s): Irvin S. Cobb
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The 7th Annual Academy Awards, which took place on February 27th, 1935 at the Biltmore Hotel, was hosted by actor, author and humorist Irvin S. Cobb.

Following the hue and cry when neither Bette Davis nor Myrna Loy received nominations the Academy temporarily changed their rules to allow write-in candidates.

They needn’t have bothered. Claudette Colbert won for her role in It Happened One Night. The Frank Capra flick was the first film to sweep the top categories, also taking home with Outstanding Production, Best Directing, Best Actor (Clark Gable), and Best Writing (Adaptation) for Robert Riskin.

Music was honored for the first time at the ceremony, with two new categories: Best Music (Scoring), won by One Night of Love and Best Music (Song), which went to The Gay Divorcee’s “The Continental”.


Outstanding Production

  • It Happened One Night

Best Directing

  • It Happened One Night
    Frank Capra

Best Actor

  • It Happened One Night
    Clark Gable

Best Actress

  • It Happened One Night
    Claudette Colbert

Best Art Direction

  • The Merry Widow
    Cedric Gibbons and Fredric Hope

Best Assistant Director

  • Viva Villa!
    John Waters

Best Cinematography

  • Cleopatra
    Victor Milner

Best Film Editing

  • Eskimo
    Conrad Nervig

Best Music (Scoring)

  • One Night of Love
    Columbia Studio Music Department, Louis Silvers [head of department], Victor Schertzinger [Thematic Music by] and Gus Kahn [Thematic Music by]

Best Music (Song)

  • The Gay Divorcee "The Continental"
    Con Conrad [Music by] and Herb Magidson [Lyrics by]

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • The Tortoise and the Hare
    Walt Disney

Best Short Subject (Comedy)

  • La Cucaracha
    Kenneth Macgowan

Best Short Subject (Novelty)

  • City of Wax
    Stacey Woodard and Horace Woodard

Best Sound Recording

  • One Night of Love
    Columbia Studio Sound Department and John Livadary [Sound Director]

Best Writing (Adaptation)

  • It Happened One Night
    Robert Riskin

Best Writing (Original Story)

  • Manhattan Melodrama
    Arthur Caesar

Special Award

  • Shirley Temple
    Note: …in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.

Scientific or Technical Award (Class II)

  • Electrical Research Products Inc.
    Note: …for their development of the Vertical Cut Disc Method of recording sound for motion pictures (hill and dale recording).

Scientific or Technical Award (Class III)

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
    Note: …for their application of the Vertical Cut Disc Method (hill and dale recording) to actual studio production, with their recording of the sound on the picture One Night of Love.
  • Bell and Howell Company
    Note: …for their development of the Bell and Howell Fully Automatic Sound and Picture Printer.
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