Oscar Movies: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

MGM

A reworking of Errol Flynn's adventure, “In the Wake of the Bounty” (1933) that few people saw, MGM's “Mutiny on the Bounty” was the first remake to win the Best Picture Oscar in 1935; “Ben-Hur” in 1959 was the second.

Oscar Nominations: 7

Picture (produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin)
Director: Frank Lloyd
Actor: Clark Gable
Actor: Charles Laughton
Actor: Franchot Tone
Screenplay: Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings, and Carey Wilson
Film Editing: Margaret Booth
Score: Herbert Stothart

Oscar Awards: 1

Picture

Oscar Context

Mutiny on the Bounty competed for the Best Picture Oscar with eleven other films: Alice Adams, Broadway Melody of 1936, Captain Blood, David Copperfield, The Informer, Les Miserables, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Naughty Marietta, Ruggles of Red Gap, and Top Hat.

Mutiny on the Bounty is still the only film in Oscars history, in which three actors were nominated in the lead category (probably canceling each other out), plus Gable had won the Oscar the year before; the winner was Victor McLaglen for The Informer.