Best Picture Nominees: 1930

To escape the Depression, people turned to the movies in the 1930's. Hollywood turned out film after film to entertain them, and the 30's are often referred to as Hollywood's 'Golden Age'. Movie goers wanted mostly escapist fare that let them forget their everyday troubles for a few hours.

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All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone)
Won Best Picture
Solonor's Pick
This was the first major anti-war film of the sound era, based on the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The film was an Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Director, and it was also nominated for Best Writing Achievement and Best Cinematography.

Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman)
This was the second of the Marx Brothers films (their first was The Cocoanuts in 1929), and it was the last to be taken from one of their stage successes and the last to be filmed on the East Coast on Astoria sound stages before they transferred to Hollywood. The comic madness of the Marx Brothers in this early talkies-era film is typical of all their films--an intrusive and silly plot--an excuse for numerous verbal ad-libs and criticism of high-society life. It contains two memorable scenes among many: Groucho's African safari adventure lecture, and the lunatic bridge game scene.

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Best Picture: 1930
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All Quiet on the Western Front
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