85 years ago today, on the 16th of May 1929, the 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held, honouring the best films of 1927 and 1928, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chaplin Oscar win 1929
Hosted by Douglas Fairbanks, with only 270 people in attendance, the event and the presentation ceremony lasted only 15 minutes, with a private dinner held at the hotel itself. It’s the one and only Academy Awards ceremony which was not broadcast, either on radio or television. With only twelve categories, winners were announced 3 months in advance, before the live event.

Wings (1927), won the Oscar for ‘Best Outstanding Picture’, and is the only silent movie, with no sound, to win the ‘Best Picture Oscar’ till date. It also won the Academy Award for ‘Best Engineering Effects’.

Lewis Milestone, won for ‘Best Director, Comedy Picture’ for Two Arabian Knights (1927); and Frank Borzage for ‘Best Director, Dramatic Picture’ for 7th Heaven (1927).
JG Oscar wins 1929
Emil Jannings bagged the ‘Best Actor’ award, with a tie, for two films; The Way of All Flesh (1927) and The Last Command (1928).

Janet Gaynor won the ‘Best Actress’ award, a tie for three films; 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928).

Charlie Chaplin and Warner Brothers, each received a Special ‘Honorary Award’ for their contribution to Cinema. Chaplin would later win yet another ‘Honorary Award’, at the Academy Awards in 1972.

Happy 85th Birth Anniversary to the Oscars.

Nuwan Sen’s Film Sense