8th Academy Awards

The 8th Academy Awards were held on March 5, 1936, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Frank Capra. This was the first year in which the gold statuettes were called "Oscars".

The category of Best Dance Direction was introduced this year. The DGA successfully lobbied for its elimination three years later.

Mutiny on the Bounty became the last film to date to win Best Picture and nothing else (following The Broadway Melody and Grand Hotel), and the only film to receive three nominations for Best Actor.

This was the second and last year that write-in votes were allowed at the Oscars. A Midsummer Night's Dream became the only film to win a write-in Oscar, taking Best Cinematography.

8th Academy Awards
DateMarch 5, 1936
SiteBiltmore Hotel
Hosted byFrank Capra
Best PictureMutiny on the Bounty
Most awardsThe Informer (4)
Most nominationsMutiny on the Bounty (8)


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Academy Honorary Award

  • D. W. Griffith – "For his distinguished creative achievements as director and producer and his invaluable initiative and lasting contributions to the progress of the motion picture arts."

Multiple nominations and awards

The following thirteen films received multiple nominations:

The following two films received multiple awards:

See also


  1. ^ "The 8th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. ^ http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1424996777715
  3. ^ http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1424996844010
  4. ^ http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1424996927375
  5. ^ http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1424996973300
Academy Award for Best Dance Direction

The Academy Awards for Best Dance Direction was presented from 1935 to 1937, after which it was discontinued.


Audioscopiks is a 1935 American short documentary film directed by Jacob F. Leventhal and John A. Norling. The main point of the short was to show off 3-D film technology. The film was nominated for an Academy Award at the 8th Academy Awards in 1935 for Best Short Subject (Novelty).This was MGM's first film in 3-D, filmed using the red-green anaglyph process, with prints produced by Technicolor. Current prints appear to have faded to a crimson-cyan color, causing ghosting to occur when viewed.

Audioscopiks was followed by The New Audioscopiks (1938), and by Third Dimensional Murder (1941).

Black Fury (film)

Black Fury is a 1935 American crime film starring Paul Muni, Karen Morley, and William Gargan. It was adapted by Abem Finkel and Carl Erickson from the short story "Jan Volkanik" by Judge Michael A. Musmanno and the play Bohunk by Harry R. Irving. Directed by Michael Curtiz, the plot is based on a historic incident during a Pennsylvania walk-out in 1929, in which John Barkowski, a striking coal miner, was beaten to death by private company police.In 1936, at the 8th Academy Awards, Muni was not officially nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, but he came in second on the basis of write-in votes, which were allowed that year.

Broadway Hostess

Broadway Hostess is a 1935 American romantic comedy musical directed by Frank McDonald. The film was nominated at the 1935 Academy Awards for the short lived Best Dance Direction category. For which Bobby Connolly was nominated for, along with the film Go into Your Dance.

Broadway Melody of 1936

Broadway Melody of 1936 is a musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1935. In New York, the film opened at the Capitol Theatre, the site of many prestigious MGM premieres. It was a follow-up of sorts to the successful The Broadway Melody, which had been released in 1929, although, there is no story connection with the earlier film beyond the title and some music.

The film was written by Harry W. Conn, Moss Hart, Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth and starred Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor, June Knight, Frances Langford, Sid Silvers, Buddy Ebsen and Vilma Ebsen (in their first film debut). It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Camera Thrills

Camera Thrills is a 1935 American short film produced by Charles E. Ford. It was nominated for an Academy Award at the 8th Academy Awards in 1936 for Best Short Subject (Novelty). The Academy Film Archive preserved Camera Thrills in 2012.

Cheek to Cheek

"Cheek to Cheek" is a song written by Irving Berlin in 1935, for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat (1935). In the movie, Astaire sings the song to Rogers as they dance. The song was nominated for the Best Song Oscar for 1936, which it lost to "Lullaby of Broadway". The song spent five weeks at #1 on Your Hit Parade and was named the #1 song of 1935. Astaire's 1935 recording with the Leo Reisman Orchestra was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2004, Astaire's version finished at No. 15 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Edmund H. Hansen

Edmund H. Hansen (November 13, 1894 – October 10, 1962) was an American sound engineer. He won two Academy Awards; one for Best Sound Recording and the other Best Visual Effects. He was nominated for another 12 films across the two categories.

Folies Bergère de Paris

Folies Bergère de Paris is a 1935 American musical comedy film that won at the 8th Academy Awards for the short lived Best Dance Direction category, along with Broadway Melody of 1936. The winner was Dave Gould. This is one of only four films to win in this category. It is a story of mistaken identity, with Maurice Chevalier playing both a music-hall star and a business tycoon who resembles him. This was Chevalier’s last film in Hollywood for twenty years, and reprised familiar themes such as the straw hat and a rendering of the French song Valentine. This is also the last film to be distributed by Twentieth Century Pictures before it merged with Fox Film to form 20th Century Fox in 1935.

How to Sleep

How to Sleep is a short comedy film written by and starring humorist Robert Benchley. Filmed and released by MGM in 1935 (as part of their "Miniatures" series), it features Benchley as a narrator as well as film subject, discussing four parts of sleep - causes, methods, avoiding sleep, and waking up.

The production was inspired by a Mellon Institute study on sleep commissioned by the Simmons Mattress Company. It was filmed in two days, and featured Benchley as both the narrator and sleeper, the latter a role Benchley claimed was "not much of a strain, as [he] was in bed most of the time." The film was well received in preview screenings, and promotions took over, with a still from the film being used in Simmons advertisements. The only group not pleased was the Mellon Institute, who did not approve of the studio mocking their study.The early success of How to Sleep prompted MGM to rush two more short films featuring Benchley, How to Train a Dog, a spoof of dog-training techniques, and How to Behave, which lampooned etiquette norms. How to Sleep was named Best Short Subject at the 8th Academy Awards in 1935, while the latter two shorts were not as well received.The film is included as an extra on the DVD of the feature film, A Night at the Opera, and is also available on the DVD set The Robert Benchley Miniatures Collection.

I Dream Too Much

I Dream Too Much is a 1935 American romantic comedy film directed by John Cromwell. It stars Henry Fonda, Lily Pons, and Lucille Ball in one of her earliest roles. It has been described as a "somewhat wispy operetta." Songs are by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording (Carl Dreher).

King of Burlesque

King of Burlesque is a 1936 musical film about a former burlesque producer played by Warner Baxter who moves into a legitimate theatre and does very well, until he marries a socialite. Sammy Lee received an Academy Award nomination for the now dead category of Best Dance Direction at the 8th Academy Awards. Today the film is best known for Fats Waller's fabulous rendition of "I've Got My Fingers Crossed".

List of American films of 1935

This List of American films of 1935 indexes American feature-length motion pictures that were released in 1935.

Mutiny on the Bounty won the Academy Award for Outstanding Picture at the 8th Academy Awards, presented on March 5, 1936.

Love Me Forever

Love Me Forever (also released as On Wings of Song) is a 1935 American drama film directed by Victor Schertzinger. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording (John P. Livadary).

Oh, My Nerves

Oh, My Nerves is a 1935 American short comedy film directed by Del Lord. It was nominated for an Academy Award at the 8th Academy Awards, held in 1935, for Best Short Subject (Comedy). The Academy Film Archive preserved Oh, My Nerves in 2012.

Sherry Shourds

Walter Sherborne "Sherry" Shourds Jr. (March 15, 1906 – February 13, 1991) was an American assistant director, director and production manager who was a write-in nomination during the 8th Academy Awards for the short lived Best Assistant Director category for A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was also the 2nd and last year the Academy Awards allowed write-in votes. He also helped on the television show Bonanza

Thanks a Million

Thanks a Million is a 1935 musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Roy Del Ruth. It stars Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak and Fred Allen, and features Patsy Kelly, David Rubinoff and Paul Whiteman and his band with singer/pianist Ramona. The script by Nunnally Johnson was based on a story by producer Darryl F. Zanuck (writing as Melville Crossman) and contained uncredited additional dialogue by Fred Allen, James Gow, Edmund Gross and Harry Tugend.

Thanks a Million was nominated for the Academy Award for Sound (E. H. Hansen) in 1935. It was remade in 1946 as If I'm Lucky, with Perry Como and Phil Silvers in the Powell and Allen roles.

The Informer (1935 film)

The Informer is a 1935 dramatic film, released by RKO. The plot concerns the underside of the Irish War of Independence, set in 1920. It stars Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, Una O'Connor and J. M. Kerrigan. The screenplay was written by Dudley Nichols from the novel of the same title by Liam O'Flaherty. It was directed by John Ford. The novel had previously been adapted for a British film The Informer (1929).

Along with Mutiny on the Bounty, The Informer was a big contender at the 8th Academy Awards, competing directly in all six categories they were nominated for (though Mutiny got eight nominations in total, given its three Best Actor nominations). The Informer won four Oscars: Best Director for Ford, Best Actor for McLaglen, Best Writing Screenplay for Nichols, and Best Score. In 2018, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Thomas T. Moulton

Thomas T. Moulton (January 1, 1896 – March 29, 1967) was an American sound engineer. He won five Academy Awards in the category Sound Recording and was nominated for eleven more in the same category. He was also nominated four times in the category Best Visual Effects.

Awards of Merit
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