Best Picture Nominees: 1929

This is the year the Oscars got their start (though they would not be called that for some time). The Academy gave out the first awards in early 1929 for films from 1927 & 1928--before thoughts of "Black Tuesday" would send the world into The Great Depression.

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The Broadway Melody (Harry Beaumont)
Won Best Picture
This was the first sound film and screen musical to win the Best Picture award. It is the 'grand-daddy of all MGM musicals' about two stage-struck chorus girl sisters come to Broadway and both fall in love with the same song and dance man. The film was also notable as being one of the first color movies, made in crude Technicolor, and had a great score, including "You Were Meant for Me", "Broadway Melody", "Give My Regards to Broadway", and four other songs (by Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown, and Willard Robinson). It inspired three more "Melodies" in 1935, 1937, and 1940.

The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (Charles Reisner)
Nominated Best Picture
An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players, this movie had more stars than you could shake a top hat and cane at: George K. Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jack Benny, Lorraine Brox (with the Brox Sisters), Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Marie Dressler, Ann Dvorak, Cliff Edwards, John Gilbert, William Haines, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, Charles King, Bessie Love, Conrad Nagel, Norma Shearer, and more.


Alibi (Roland West)
Nominated Best Picture
A crime film in which director Roland West constantly experiments with the possibilities of sound, dramatically raising and lowering voice volumes and playing with background noise, music, etc.

In Old Arizona (Irving Cummings, Raoul Walsh)
Nominated Best Picture
Warner Baxter won the Best Actor award for his role as the dashing, guitar-playing western troubadour, Cisco Kid. This was a primitive Cisco Kid western about the Mexican outlaw-hero. It was the first outdoor talkie.

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