1ST ACADEMY AWARDS
May 16, 1929
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Hosted by Douglas Fairbanks & William C. DeMille

OUTSTANDING PICTURE
“7th Heaven”
“The Racket”
“Wings”

UNIQUE AND ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
“Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness”
“The Crowd”
“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans”

BEST DIRECTOR , COMEDY PICTURE
Lewis Milestone – “Two Arabian Knights”
Ted Wilde – “Speedy”

BEST DIRECTOR, DRAMATIC PICTURE
Frank Borzage – “7th Heaven”
King Vidor – “The Crowd”
Herbert Brenon – “Sorrell and Son”

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Richard Barthelmess – “The Noose” and “The Patent Leather Kid”
Emil Jannings – “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh”

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Louise Dresser – “A Ship Comes In”
Janet Gaynor – “7th Heaven,” “Street Angel,” and “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans”
Gloria Swanson – “Sadie Thompson”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Last Command” – Lajos Bíró
“Underworld” – Ben Hecht

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“7th Heaven” – Benjamin Glazer
“Glorious Betsy” – Anthony Coldeway
“The Jazz Singer” – Alfred A. Cohn

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Devil Dancer” – George Barnes
“The Magic Flame” – George Barnes
“Sadie Thompson” – George Barnes
“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss

BEST ART DIRECTION
“7th Heaven” – Harry Oliver
“The Dove” and “Tempest” – William Cameron Menzies
“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” – Rochus Gliese

BEST ENGINEERING EFFECTS
Ralph Hammeras – *film not specified*
Roy Pomeroy – “Wings”
Nugent Slaughter – *film not specified*

BEST TITLE WRITING
Joseph Farnham – *film not specified*
George Marion, Jr. – *film not specified*
Gerald Duffy – “The Private Life of Helen of Troy”

HONORARY AWARD
Charlie Chaplin – “The Circus”
“For versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing”

HONORARY AWARD
Warner Brothers Production – “The Jazz Singer”
“For producing the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry”


  1. “7th Heaven”
  2. “Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness”
  3. “The Circus”
  4. “The Crowd”
  5. “The Devil Dancer”
  6. “The Dove”
  7. “Glorious Betsy”
  8. “The Jazz Singer”
  9. “The Last Command”
  10. “The Magic Flame”
  11. “The Noose”
  12. “The Patent Leather Kid”
  13. “The Private Life of Helen of Troy”
  14. “The Racket”
  15. “Sadie Thompson”
  16. “A Ship Comes In”
  17. “Sorrell and Son”
  18. “Speedy”
  19. “Street Angel”
  20. “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans”
  21. “Tempest”
  22. “Two Arabian Knights”
  23. “Underworld”
  24. ”The Way of All Flesh”
  25. “Wings”