My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Oscar 1927/1928

ACTOR
Richard Barthelmess — The Noose {“Nickie Elkins”}; and The Patent Leather Kid {“The Patent Leather Kid”}
* Emil JanningsThe Last Command {“General Dolgorucki [Grand Duke Sergius Alexander]”}; and The Way of All Flesh {“August Schilling”}

ACTRESS
Louise Dresser — A Ship Comes In {“Mrs. Pleznik”}
* Janet Gaynor — 7th Heaven {“Diane”}; Street Angel {“Angela”}; and Sunrise {“The Wife”}
Gloria SwansonSadie Thompson {“Sadie Thompson”}

ART DIRECTION
Rochus Gliese — Sunrise
* William Cameron Menzies — The Dove; and Tempest
Harry Oliver — 7th Heaven

CINEMATOGRAPHY
George Barnes — The Devil Dancer; The Magic Flame; and Sadie Thompson
* Charles Rosher — Sunrise
[NOTE: For this awards year, awards were presented in the name of the individual and could honor work on one or more films. Charles Rosher and Karl Struss were both honored for cinematography on this film. It is considered a single nomination for the film.]
* Karl Struss — Sunrise
[NOTE: For this awards year, awards were presented in the name of the individual and could honor work on one or more films. Charles Rosher and Karl Struss were both honored for cinematography on this film. It is considered a single nomination for the film.]

DIRECTING (Comedy Picture)
* Lewis Milestone — Two Arabian Knights
Ted Wilde — Speedy

DIRECTING (Dramatic Picture)
* Frank Borzage — 7th Heaven
Herbert Brenon — Sorrell and Son
King Vidor — The Crowd

ENGINEERING EFFECTS
Ralph Hammeras
[NOTE: This nomination was not associated with any specific film title.]
* Roy Pomeroy — Wings
Nugent Slaughter
[NOTE: Though no specific titles were indicated during the presentation on May 16, 1929, or in the official results from the Central Board of Judges for this honorable mention, Academy records indicate that Mr. Slaughter was most often mentioned in connection with The Jazz Singer.]

OUTSTANDING PICTURE
The Caddo Company — The Racket
Fox — 7th Heaven
* Paramount Famous Lasky — Wings

UNIQUE AND ARTISTIC PICTURE
* Fox — Sunrise
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer —  The Crowd
Paramount Famous Lasky — Chang

WRITING (Adaptation)
Alfred Cohn — The Jazz Singer
Anthony Coldeway — Glorious Betsy
* Benjamin Glazer — 7th Heaven

WRITING (Original Story)
Lajos Biro — The Last Command
* Ben Hecht — Underworld

WRITING (Title Writing)
Gerald Duffy — The Private Life of Helen of Troy
* Joseph Farnham
[NOTE: This award was not associated with any specific film title.]
George Marion, Jr.
[NOTE: This nomination was not associated with any specific film title.]

SPECIAL AWARD
To Warner Bros., for producing The Jazz Singer, the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry.
To Charles Chaplin, for acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus.
[NOTE: “The Academy Board of Judges on merit awards for individual achievements in motion picture arts during the year ending August 1, 1928, unanimously decided that your name should be removed from the competitive classes, and that a special first award be conferred upon you for writing, acting, directing and producing The Circus. The collective accomplishments thus displayed place you in a class by yourself.” (Letter from the Academy to Mr. Chaplin, dated February 19, 1929.)]