4TH ACADEMY AWARDS
November 10, 1931
Biltmore Hotel
Hosted by Lawrence Grant

OUTSTANDING PICTURE
“Cimarron”
“East Lynne”
“The Front Page”
“Skippy”
“Trader Horn”

BEST DIRECTOR
Clarence Brown – “A Free Soul”
Lewis Milestone – “The Front Page”
Wesley Ruggles – “Cimarron”
Josef von Sternberg – “Morocco”
Norman Taurog – “Skippy”

BEST ACTOR
Lionel Barrymore – “A Free Soul”
Jackie Cooper – “Skippy”
Richard Dix – “Cimarron”
Fredric March – “The Royal Family of Broadway”
Adolphe Menjou – “The Front Page”

BEST ACTRESS
Marlene Dietrich – “Morocco”
Marie Dressler – “Min and Bill”
Irene Dunne – “Cimarron”
Ann Harding – “Holiday”
Norma Shearer – “A Free Soul”

BEST ORIGINAL STORY
“The Dawn Patrol” – John Monk Saunders
“The Doorway to Hell” – Rowland Brown
“Laughter” – Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast, Douglas Doty and Donald Ogden Stewart
“The Public Enemy” – John Bright and Kubec Glasmon
“Smart Money” – Lucien Hubbard and Joseph Jackson

BEST ADAPTATION
“Cimarron” – Howard Estabrook
“The Criminal Code” – Seton I. Miller and Fred Niblo, Jr.
“Holiday” – Horace Jackson
“Little Caesar” – Francis Edward Faragoh and Robert N. Lee
“Skippy” – Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Sam Mintz

BEST SOUND RECORDING
MGM Studio Sound Department
Paramount Publix Studio Sound Department
RKO Radio Studio Sound Department
Samuel Goldwyn-United Artists Studio Sound Department

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Cimarron” – Edward Cronjager
“Morocco” – Lee Garmes
“The Right to Love” – Charles Lang
“Svengali” – Barney McGill
“Tabu” – Floyd Crosby

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Cimarron” – Max Rée
“Just Imagine” – Stephen Goosson and Ralph Hammeras
“Morocco” – Hans Dreier
“Svengali” – Anton Grot
“Whoopee!” – Richard Day


  1. ”Cimarron”
  2. “The Criminal Code”
  3. “The Dawn Patrol”
  4. “The Doorway to Hell”
  5. “East Lynne”
  6. “A Free Soul”
  7. “The Front Page”
  8. “Holiday”
  9. “Just Imagine”
  10. “Laughter”
  11. “Little Caesar”
  12. “Min and Bill”
  13. “Morocco”
  14. “The Public Enemy”
  15. “The Right to Love”
  16. “The Royal Family of Broadway”
  17. “Skippy”
  18. “Smart Money”
  19. “Svengali”
  20. “Tabu”
  21. “Trader Horn”
  22. “Whoopee!”