Oscar Winners: First Decade in Academy's History

Oscar Marathon: We are running full-length reviews of all 82 winners of the Best Picture Award, from 1927 to the present.

The first decade of the Academy’s history is particularly weak in terms of artistic choices.¬† Most of the Best Picture winners¬†have not aged well; some were not even good by standards of the time. So how and why did they win?

Here is where we stand thus far:

Year 1: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-wings-1927-8/

Year 2: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-the-broadway-melody-1928-9/

Year 3: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-all-quiet-on-the-western-front-1929-30/

Year 4: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-cimarron-1930-1931/

Year 5: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-grand-hotel-1931-32/

Year 6: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-cavalcade-1933-34/

Year 7: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-it-happened-one-night-1934/

Year 8: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-mutiny-on-the-bounty-1935/

Year 9: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-the-great-ziegfeld-1936/

Year 10: www.emanuellevy.com/review/oscar-winners-the-life-of-emile-zola-1937/