7th Academy Awards

The 7th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1934, were held on February 27, 1935 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

They were hosted by Irvin S. Cobb.
Frank Capra's influential romantic comedy It Happened One Night became the first film to perform a "clean sweep" of the top five categories; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. This feat would later be duplicated by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992.

This was also the first of only two years in which write-in candidates were allowed by the Academy as a tacit response to the controversy surrounding the snub of Bette Davis' performance in Of Human Bondage.

The categories of Best Editing, Best Original Score and Best Original Song were first introduced this year.

The 1934 Academy Award Winners

Picture: It Happened One Night
Actor: Clark Gable (It Happened One Night)
Actress: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)
Director: Frank Capra (It Happened One Night)
Adapted Screenplay: Robert Riskin (It Happened One Night)
Original Story: Arthur Caesar (Manhattan Melodrama)
Song: "The Continental" (The Gay Divorcee)
Score: One Night of Love
Cinematography: Cleopatra
Interior Decoration: The Merry Widow
Film Editing: Eskimo
Sound: One Night of Love
Short Films: The Tortoise and the Hare (Cartoons) / La Cucaracha (Comedy) / City of Wax (Novelty)

The seventh Academy Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, February 27, 1935 at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel. When the nominees were announced for this year, a large number of people protested the absence of Bette Davis (Of Human Bondage) and Myrna Loy (The Thin Man) for best actress. Because of the protests, the Academy temporarily changed its rules to allow write-in votes. Still, neither of these two women won for best actress this year. Irwin S. Cobb hosted the ceremony.