4th Academy Awards
The 4th Academy Awards were awarded to films completed and screened in 1930/1931, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
PICTURE (Outstanding Production)
Cimarron - RKO Radio
Skippy - Norman Taurog
Lionel Barrymore - A Free Soul
Marie Dressler - Min and Bill
The Dawn Patrol - John Monk Saunders
Cimarron - Howard Estabrook
Tabu - Floyd Crosby
Cimarron - Max Ree
Paramount Publix Studio Sound Department
The fourth Academy Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 10, 1931 at the Sala D'Oro of the Biltmore Hotel. U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis attended the banquet and was one of the event's several speakers. Trying to stay up a little too late, ten-year-old Jackie Cooper, nominated for best actor, fell asleep during the ceremony.
Since the winners were kept a secret this year (only announced early to newspapers so that the late editions would have the news), the attendees were anxious to hear who won. Lawrence Grant hosted the event.
The 1930-1931 Academy Award Winners
Actor: Lionel Barrymore (A Free Soul)
Actress: Marie Dressler (Min and Bill)
Director: Norman Taurog (Skippy)
Adapted Screenplay: Howard Estabrook (Cimarrom)
Original Story: John Monk Saunders (The Dawn Patrol)
Interior Decoration: Cimarron
Sound: Paramount Studio Sound Department