Best Picture Nominees: 1928

The Roaring Twenties rolled on in 1928. Herbert Hoover defeated Al Smith in the November Presidential election, and the good times seemed like they would never end.

Chiang Kai-shek became head of Chinese Nationalist government in Nanjing. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane. And Walt Disney makes his first animated cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse--Plane Crazy.

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The Crowd (King Vidor)
Nominated Best Unique & Artistic Picture
IMDB Highest Ranked This is the story of John Sims--a faceless man in "the crowd." Born on the Fourth of July, 1900, the movie starts out full of optimism. But his father dies when John is just a boy. Soon, he is a nameless worker in a New York City office. The film follows John and his wife, Mary, through the normal life of a struggling family. It is noted for the use "hidden cameras" to capture the authenticity of the city.

The Racket (Lewis Milestone)
Nominated Best Picture
One of the earliest gangster movies, this Howard Hughes-produced film concentrated on corruption and a city controlled by the mob. It was banned in Chicago because of its negative depiction of the police.

The Patriot (Ernst Lubitsch)
Nominated Best Picture
Producer/director Ernst Lubitsch's The Patriot (with five nominations and one win - Best Writing Achievement) was the only silent film among the five nominees in the 1928-29 awards. It was the last silent film to receive a Best Picture nomination. It is one of the most sought-after of the missing silent films.


The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Solonor's Pick!
Dreyer told the story of French martyr, Jeanne D'Arc, almost entirely in close-up. Maria Falconetti made this--her only movie role--one to remember.

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