Oscar Speeches: Jolson, Al–The Jazz Singer

In the Oscar show in 1929 (for 1927-1928 film achievements), the speeches were short.

Several of the winners, such as Best Actor Emil Janning (who returned to Germany), were not even present.

Al Jolson

Al Jolson, whose picture The Jazz Singer, received a Special Oscar, said: “I noticed they gave The Jazz Singer a statutette, but they didn’t give me one. I could use one; they look heavy and I need another paperweight. For the life of me, I can’t see what Jack Warner can do with one of them. It can’t say Yes.”

Jolson was never nominated for an Academy Award; he died two years later.