Oscar 1928-1929: Year 2–Nominees and Winners

This year the Oscar Award celebrates its 90th anniversary. To commemorate the event, a series of articles will examine¬†various aspects of this “King of Awards,” the most coveted prize in the film community.
If you want to know more about the Oscars, please read my book, All About Oscar: History and Politics of the Academy Awards (now in its 11th edition).
The awards for 1928-29 were presented on April 30, 1930

Complete List of Nominees in All Categories

Best Picture


Broadway Melody (MGM)
Alibi (UA)
Hollywood Revue (MGM)
In Old Arizona (Fox)
The Patriot (Paramount)

Best Actor


Warner Baxter, In Old Arizona
George Bancroft, Thunderbolt
Chester Morris, Alibi
Paul Muni, The Valiant
Lewis Stone, The Patriot

Best Actress


Mary Pickford, Coquette
Ruth Chatterton, Madame X
Betty Compson, The Barker
Jeanne Eagles, The Letter
Corinne Griffith, The Divine Lady
Bessie Love, Broadway Melody

Best Director


Photo: The Divine Lady

Frank Lloyd, The Divine Lady
Lionel Barrymore, Madame X
Harry Beaumont, Broadway Melody
Irving Cummings, In Old Arizona
Ernst Lubitsch, The Patriot



Hans Kraly, The Patriot
Tom Barry, In Old Arizona
Elliott Clawson, The Cop, The Leatherneck, Sal of Singapore, Skyscraper
Hans Kraly, The Last of Mrs. Cheney
Josephine Lovett, Our Dancing Daughters
Bess Meredyth, A Woman of Affairs


Clyde de Vinna, White Shadows in the South Seas
George Barnes, Our Dancing Daughters
Arthur Edeson, In Old Arizona
Ernest Palmer, Four Devils, Street Angel
John Seitz, The Divine Lady

Interior Decoration


Cedric Gibbons, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Hans Dreier, The Patriot
Mitchell Leisen, Dynamite
William Cameron Menzies, Alibi and The Awakening
Harry Oliver, Street Angel

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