List of all people nominated for Oscar

by runefromnorway | created - 04 Feb 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

All categories. List is finished. 1929-2018.

Nominees not on IMDb: Lloyd B. Norlin (see 662) O. Dalsgaard-Olsen (see 1561) Diane Nini (see 3718) Tevin Thomas (see 5542)

1. Emil Jannings

Actor | The Last Command

His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The ...

1884-1950 (65 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1929, The Last Command/The Way of All Flesh)

2. Richard Barthelmess

Actor | Only Angels Have Wings

Richard Barthelmess was born into a theatrical family in which his mother was an actress. While attending Trinity College in Connecticut, he began appearing in stage productions. While on vacation in 1916, a friend of his mother, actress Alla Nazimova, offered him a part in War Brides (1916), and ...

1895-1963 (68 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1929, The Patent Leather Kid) Actor in a leading role (1929, The Noose)

3. Janet Gaynor

Actress | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe ...

1906-1984 (77 years old)

Wins: Actress in a leading role (1929, 7th Heaven/Street Angel/Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1938, A Star is Born)

4. Louise Dresser

Actress | The Eagle

This knowing, plump-framed, strong-willed actress went on to play the gamut of emotions, from downtrodden, drunken ex-stars to self-controlled dowager empresses, in both silent pictures and early talkies. Grandly supporting the huge stars of her day (including Rudolph Valentino and Will Rogers), ...

1878-1965 (86 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1929, A Ship Comes In)

5. Gloria Swanson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...

1899-1983 (84 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1929, Sadie Thompson) Actress in a leading role (1930, The Trespasser) Actress in a leading role (1951, Sunset Blvd.)

6. Lewis Milestone

Director | All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early ...

1895-1980 (84 years old)

Wins: Director, comedy picture (1929, Two Arabian Knights) Director (1930, All Quiet on the Western Front)

Nominations: Director (1931, The Front Page)

7. Ted Wilde

Director | Speedy

Ted Wilde was born on December 16, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Speedy (1928), The Kid Brother (1927) and Girl Shy (1924). He died on December 17, 1929 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1889-1929 (40 years old)

Nominations: Director, comedy picture (1929, Speedy)

8. Frank Borzage

Director | No Greater Glory

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

1894-1962 (68 years old)

Wins: Director, dramatic picture (1929, 7th Heaven) Director (1932, Bad Girl)

9. Herbert Brenon

Director | Beau Geste

Herbert Brenon was born on January 13, 1880 in Dublin, Ireland, UK as Alexander Herbert Reginald St. John Brenon. He was a director and writer, known for Beau Geste (1926), Ivanhoe (1913) and Sorrell and Son (1927). He was married to Mrs. Herbert Brenon. He died on June 21, 1958 in Los Angeles, ...

1880-1958 (78 years old)

Nominations: Director, dramatic picture (1929, Sorrell and Son)

10. King Vidor

Director | Hallelujah

King Vidor was born on February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA as King Wallis Vidor. He was a director and writer, known for Hallelujah (1929), The Crowd (1928) and Show People (1928). He was married to Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Eleanor Boardman and Florence Vidor. He died on November 1, 1982 in ...

1894-1982 (88 years old)

Nominations: Director, dramatic picture (1929, The Crowd) Director (1930, Hallelujah) Director (1932, The Champ) Director (1939, The Citadel) Director (1957, War and Peace)

Honorary award: 1979 - For his incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator.

11. Ben Hecht

Writer | Notorious

Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers, won an Oscar for best original story for Underworld (1927) at the first Academy Awards in 1929 and had a hand in the writing of many classic films. He was nominated five more times for the best writing Oscar, winning (along with writing...

1894-1964 (70 years old)

Wins: Writing, original story (1929, Underworld) Writing, original story (1936, The Scoundrel)

Nominations: Writing, adaptation (1935, Viva Villa!) Writing, screenplay (1940, Wuthering Heights) Writing, original screenplay (1941, Angels Over Broadway) Writing, original screenplay (1947, Notorious)

12. Lajos Biró

Writer | The Last Command

Lajos was the company scenario chief for London Film Productions run by Alexander Korda.

1880-1948 (68 years old)

Nominations: Writing, original story (1929, The Last Command)

13. Benjamin Glazer

Writer | 7th Heaven

One of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

1887-1956 (68 years old)

Wins: Writing, adaptation (1929, 7th Heaven) Writing, original story (1941, Arise, My Love)

14. Anthony Coldeway

Writer | Pacific Liner

American screenwriter, in Hollywood as a scenarist for 2-reel shorts from 1911. He spent much of his career under contract to Warner Brothers (1927-29 and 1936-42), where he primarily handled westerns and crime dramas for Bryan Foy's B-unit. He adapted a number of his screenplays from his own ...

1887-1963 (75 years old)

Nominations: Writing, adaptation (1929, Glorious Betsy)

15. Alfred A. Cohn

Writer | The Jazz Singer

Alfred Cohn moved to Cleveland, where he got a newspaper job. After getting married, he moved to Galveston, Texas, to run a newspaper. He then moved to Arizona, where he served as secretary to the constitutional convention of Arizona when it was admitted as a state in 1912.

Eventually, he moved to ...

1880-1951 (70 years old)

Nominations: Writing, adaptation (1929, The Jazz Singer)

16. Joseph Farnham

Writer | The Crowd

Joseph Farnham was born on December 2, 1884 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Joseph White Farnham. He was a writer and editor, known for The Crowd (1928), The Trail of '98 (1928) and West Point (1927). He was married to Rose Alma LeCourt and Emily Ardis. He died on June 2, 1931 in Beverly Hills, ...

1884-1931 (46 years old)

Wins: Writing, title writing (1929)

17. George Marion Jr.

Writer | Adorable

Father George Francis Marion; Mother: Agnes E. Daly.

1899-1968 (68 years old)

Nominations: Writing, title writing (1929)

18. Gerald C. Duffy

Writer | The Private Life of Helen of Troy

American journalist, short-story writer, and film scenarist. Duffy was editor of Redbook magazine and a most prolific contributor of short stories to it and other serial magazines. He had written over 200 stories by the age of 23. His popularity as a writer led to employment by First National ...

1896-1928 (32 years old)

Nominations: Writing, title writing (1929, The Private Life of Helen of Troy)

19. Charles Rosher

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Among the foremost technical innovators in his field, a charter member of the American Society of Cinematographers, English-born Charles Rosher had initially aimed for a diplomatic career. Fortunately, he chose a different career option and attended lessons in photography at the London Polytechnic ...

1885-1974 (88 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1929, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans) Cinematography, color (1947, The Yearling)

Nominations: Cinematography (1935, The Affairs of Cellini) Cinematography, color (1945, Kismet) Cinematography, color (1951, Annie Get Your Gun) Cinematography, color (1952, Show Boat)

20. Karl Struss

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Oscar-winning cinematographer Karl Struss was born on November 30, 1886, in New York City. He became a professional photographer after studying photography with Clarence H. White and became part of the group associated with the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz. His photographs, which he ...

1886-1981 (95 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1929, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans)

Nominations: Cinematography (1932, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) Cinematography (1934, The Sign of the Cross) Cinematography, color (1942, Aloma of the South Seas)

21. George Barnes

Cinematographer | Rebecca

Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work.

Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to ...

1892-1953 (60 years old)

Wins: Cinematography, black and white (1941, Rebecca)

Nominations: Cinematography (1929, Sadie Thompson) Cinematography (1929, The Magic Flame) Cinematography (1929, The Devil Dancer) Cinematography (1930, Our Dancing Daughters) Cinematography, color (1946, The Spanish Main) Cinematography, black and white (1946, Spellbound) Cinematography, color (1951, Samson and Delilah)

22. William Cameron Menzies

Production_designer | Gone with the Wind

William Cameron Menzies was educated at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at the Art Students League in New York. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the U.S. Expeditionary Forces in World War I. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as...

1896-1957 (60 years old)

Wins: Art direction (1929, Tempest) Art direction (1929, The Dove)

Nominations: Art direction (1930, Bulldog Drummond) Art direction (1930, The Awakening) Art direction (1930, Alibi)

Honorary award: 1940 - For outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone with the Wind.

23. Harry Oliver

Art_department | Street Angel

Oliver left the film business in the late 1930's and retired to Thousand Palms in the California desert in 1940. There, he built Old Fort Oliver, published the Desert Rat Scrapbook and became a something of a hermit. He collected desert lore and established a well-founded reputation as a joker and ...

1888-1973 (85 years old)

Nominations: Art direction (1929, 7th Heaven) Art direction (1930, Street Angel)

24. Rochus Gliese

Director | Komödie des Herzens

Rochus Gliese was born on January 6, 1891 in Berlin, Germany. He was an art director and director, known for Komödie des Herzens (1924), Die schöne Prinzessin von China (1917) and The Lost Shadow (1921). He died on December 22, 1978 in West Berlin, West Germany.

1891-1978 (87 years old)

Nominations: Art direction (1929, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans)

25. Roy Pomeroy

Director | Shock

Pioneer special effects innovator at Paramount in the 1920's. He devised the parting of the seas sequence for The Ten Commandments (1923) and was the only recipient of the short-lived 'Engineering Effects' category at the Oscars.

1892-1947 (55 years old)

Wins: Effects, engineering effects (1929, Wings)

1888-1968 (80 years old)

Nominations: Effects, engineering effects (1929)

27. Ralph Hammeras

Visual_effects | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Ralph Hammeras was born on March 24, 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Oscar Rudolph Hammeraas. He is known for his work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Just Imagine (1930) and In Old Chicago (1938). He was married to Fay Mansker and Emma May Flynn. He died on February 3, 1970 in Los ...

1894-1970 (75 years old)

Nominations: Effects, engineering effects (1929) Art direction (1931, Just Imagine) Effects, special effects (1949, Deep Waters)

28. Warner Baxter

Actor | Penthouse

Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following ...

1889-1951 (62 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1930, In Old Arizona)

29. George Bancroft

Actor | Stagecoach

George Bancroft was raised in Philadelphia and attended high school at Tomes Institute (Philadelphia). He won an impressive appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the Navy for the prescribed period of required service but no...

1882-1956 (74 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, Thunderbolt)

30. Chester Morris

Actor | Tomorrow at Seven

The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins.

Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a ...

1901-1970 (69 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, Alibi)

31. Paul Muni

Actor | Scarface

Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and ...

1895-1967 (71 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1937, The Story of Louis Pasteur)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, The Valiant) Actor in a leading role (1934, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang) Actor in a leading role (1935, Black Fury) Actor in a leading role (1938, The Life of Emile Zola) Actor in a leading role (1960, The Last Angry Man)

32. Lewis Stone

Actor | The Sin of Madelon Claudet

By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served...

1879-1953 (73 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, The Patriot)

33. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

1892-1979 (87 years old)

Wins: Actress in a leading role (1930, Coquette)

Honorary awards: 1976 - In recognition of her unique contributions to the film industry and the development of film as an artistic medium.

34. Ruth Chatterton

Actress | Dodsworth

Beginning as a chorus girl at age 14, Ruth Chatterton became a Broadway star with "Daddy Long Legs" in 1914. She appeared in such shows as "Mary Rose" and "Come Out of the Kitchen" before moving to Hollywood in 1925. As her film career faded in the late 1930s, she returned to the stage in revivals,...

1892-1961 (68 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, Sarah and Son) Actress in a leading role (1930, Madame X)

35. Betty Compson

Actress | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on ...

1897-1974 (77 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, The Barker)

36. Jeanne Eagels

Actress | The Letter

Jeanne Eagels, one of the most intriguing stars of late silent films and the early talkies, was born Amelia Jean Eagles on June 26, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Edward and Julia Sullivan Eagles. Young Jean was part of an impoverished family of eight, with three brothers and two sisters. She ...

1890-1929 (39 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, The Letter)

37. Corinne Griffith

Actress | The Divine Lady

Corinne Griffith was a popular star of the silent movies. She started her film career at Vitagraph in 1916 and later moved to First National, where she became one of that studio's biggest stars. At the height of her popularity she was known as the "Orchid Lady of the Screen." Black Oxen (1923) was ...

1894-1979 (84 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, The Divine Lady)

38. Bessie Love

Actress | The Broadway Melody

Bessie Love was born in Texas. Her cowboy father moved the family to Hollywood, where he became a chiropractor. As the family needed money, Bessie's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, hoping she would become an actress. D.W. Griffith saw she was pretty and had some acting talent, and put her in ...

1898-1986 (87 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, The Broadway Melody)

39. Frank Lloyd

Director | Mutiny on the Bounty

Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...

1886-1960 (74 years old)

Wins: Director (1930, The Divine Lady) Director (1934, Cavalcade)

Nominations: Director (1930, Drag) Director (1930, Weary River) Director (1936, Mutiny on the Bounty)

40. Lionel Barrymore

Actor | Key Largo

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...

1878-1954 (76 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1931, A Free Soul)

Nominations: Director (1930, Madame X)

41. Harry Beaumont

Director | The Broadway Melody

Born in Abilene, KS, in 1888, Harry Beaumont started his show-business career early--he quit school to become an actor in a traveling stock company, and eventually made his way to the New York stage. In 1912 he began working as a film actor for Edison studios--which was headquartered across the ...

1888-1966 (78 years old)

Nominations: Director (1930, The Broadway Melody)

42. Irving Cummings

Director | Curly Top

New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, ...

1888-1959 (70 years old)

Nominations: Director (1930, In Old Arizona)

43. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

1892-1947 (55 years old)

Nominations: Director (1930, The Love Parade) Director (1930, The Patriot) Director (1944, Heaven Can Wait)

Honorary Award: 1947 - For his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture

44. Hanns Kräly

Writer | The Patriot

Hanns Kräly was born on January 16, 1884 in Hamburg, Germany. He was a writer and actor, known for The Patriot (1928), One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) and The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929). He died on November 11, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1884-1950 (66 years old)

Wins: Writing, achievement (1930, The Patriot)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney) Writing, original story (1938, One Hundred Men and a Girl)

45. Elliott J. Clawson

Writer | The Cop

Brother of cameraman Dal Clawson.

1883-1942 (59 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, Skycraper) Writing, achievement (1930, Sal of Singapore) Writing, achievement (1930, The Leatherneck) Writing, achievement (1930, The Cop)

46. Tom Barry

Writer | In Old Arizona

Tom Barry was born on July 31, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Hal Donahue. He was a writer and actor, known for In Old Arizona (1928), The Valiant (1929) and Under Suspicion (1930). He died on November 7, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1885-1931 (46 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, The Valiant) Writing, achievement (1930, In Old Arizona)

47. Josephine Lovett

Writer | Our Dancing Daughters

Josephine Lovett was born on October 21, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA as Josephine Shaw. She was a writer and actress, known for Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Annie Laurie (1927) and The Fighting Blade (1923). She was married to John S. Robertson. She died on September 17, 1958 in Rancho ...

1877-1958 (80 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, Our Dancing Daughters)

48. Bess Meredyth

Writer | Wonder of Women

Bess Meredyth was born on February 12, 1890 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Helen Elizabeth MacGlashen. She was a writer and actress, known for Wonder of Women (1929), A Woman of Affairs (1928) and Metropolitan (1935). She was married to Michael Curtiz, Wilfred Lucas and Burton Leslie. She died on ...

1890-1969 (79 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, Wonder of Women) Writing, achievement (1930, A Woman of Affairs)

49. Clyde De Vinna

Cinematographer | White Shadows in the South Seas

Educated at the University of Arkansas, Clyde De Vinna entered the film business almost at its beginnings, and became a cinematographer in 1915. He was behind the camera on dozens of films for many different studios, but did much work for independent producer Thomas H. Ince and MGM. De Vinna didn't...

1890-1953 (63 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1930, White Shadows in the South Seas)

50. John F. Seitz

Cinematographer | Double Indemnity

Distinguished veteran cinematographer John F. Seitz had eighteen patents for various photographic processes to his name. These included illuminating devices, processes for making dissolves and the matte shot, which he perfected during filming of Rex Ingram's Trifling Women (1922). Seitz started ...

1892-1979 (86 years old)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, The Divine Lady) Cinematography, black and white (1944, Five Graves to Cairo) Cinematography, black and white (1945, Double Indemnity) Cinematography, black and white (1946, The Lost Weekend) Cinematography, black and white (1951, Sunset Blvd.) Cinematography, color (1951, When Worlds Collide) Cinematography, black and white (1955, Rogue Cop)

51. Ernest Palmer

Cinematographer | Blood and Sand

Pioneer cinematographer, active from early silent days. Prolific work for Fox (and, later, 20th Century Fox), with a lengthy career from 1925 to 1950. Co-recipient (with Ray Rennahan)of an Oscar for Best Cinematography for Blood and Sand (1941). Retired after 1960.

1885-1978 (92 years old)

Wins: Cinematography, color (1942, Blood and Sand)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, Street Angel) Cinematography (1930, 4 Devils) Cinematography, color (1951, Broken Arrow)

52. Arthur Edeson

Cinematographer | Casablanca

Arthur Edeson is an American cinematographer who was a pioneer of his craft. His career spanned four decades and encompassed many films now regarded as classics.

Born in New York in 1891, Edeson first worked as a still photographer. In 1911 he entered the movie business at Eclair Studios, a ...

1891-1970 (78 years old)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, All Quiet on the Western Front) Cinematography (1930, In Old Arizona) Cinematography, black and white (1944, Casablanca)

53. Cedric Gibbons

Art_director | An American in Paris

After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, ...

1893-1960 (67 years old)

Wins: Art direction (1930, The Bridge of San Luis Rey) Art direction (1935, The Merry Widow) Art direction, black and white (1941, Pride and Prejudice) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1942, Blossoms in the Dust) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1945, Gaslight) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1947, The Yearling) Art direction-set decoration, color (1950, Little Women) Art direction-set decoration, color (1952, An American in Paris) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1953, The Bad and the Beautiful) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1953, Julius Caesar) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1957, Somebody Up There Likes Me)

Nominations: Art direction (1934, When Ladies Meet) Art direction (1937, Romeo and Juliet) Art direction (1937, The Great Ziegfeld) Art direction (1938, Conquest) Art direction (1939, Marie Antoinette) Art direction (1940, The Wizard of Oz) Art direction, color (1941, Bitter Sweet) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1942, When Ladies Meet) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1943, Random Harvest) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1944, Thousands Cheer) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1944, Madame Curie) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1945, Kismet) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1946, National Velvet) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1946, The Picture of Dorian Gray) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1950, Madame Bovary) Art direction-set decoration, color (1951, Annie Get Your Gun) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1951, The Red Danube) Art direction-set decoration, color (1952, Quo Vadis) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1952, Too Young to Kiss) Art direction-set decoration, color (1953, The Merry Widow) Art direction-set decoration, color (1954, Young Bess) Art direction-set decoration, color (1954, The Story of Three Loves) Art direction-set decoration, color (1954, Lili) Art direction-set decoration, color (1955, Brigadoon) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1955, Executive Suite) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1956, I'll Cry Tomorrow) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1956, Blackboard Jungle) Art direction-set decoration, color (1957, Lust for Life)

54. Mitchell Leisen

Director | Death Takes a Holiday

Mitchell Leisen was born on October 6, 1898 in Menominee, Michigan, USA as James Mitchell Leisen. He was a director and art director, known for Death Takes a Holiday (1934), The Mating Season (1951) and Remember the Night (1940). He was married to Sandra Gahle. He died on October 28, 1972 in ...

1898-1972 (74 years old)

Nominations: Art direction (1930, Dynamite)

55. Hans Dreier

Art_director | Sunset Blvd.

The extraordinarily prolific and eclectic art director Hans Dreier studied at Munich University where he majored in engineering and architecture. Following military service during the First World War, he spent time working as a supervising architect in the Cameroons and South Africa. From 1919 to ...

1885-1966 (81 years old)

Wins: Art direction-interior decoration, color (1946, Frenchman's Creek) Art direction-set decoration, color (1951, Samson and Delilah) Art direction-set decoration, black and white (1951, Sunset Blvd.)

Nominations: Art direction (1930, The Vagabond King) Art direction (1930, The Love Parade) Art direction (1930, The Patriot) Art direction (1931, Morocco) Art direction (1934, A Farewell to Arms) Art direction (1936, The Lives of Bengal Lancer) Art direction (1938, Souls at Sea) Art direction (1939, If I Were King) Art direction (1940, Beau Geste) Art direction, color (1941, North West Mounted Police) Art direction, black and white (1941, Arise, My Love) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1942, Hold Back the Dawn) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1943, Reap the Wild Wind) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1943, Take a Letter, Darling) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1944, For Whom the Bell Tolls) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1944, Five Graves to Cairo) Art direction-interior decoration, color (1945, Lady in the Dark) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1945, No Time for Love) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1946, Love Letters) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1947, Kitty)

56. George Arliss

Actor | Disraeli

One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli (1929) that brought him his greatest ...

1868-1946 (77 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1930, Disraeli)

Nominations Actor in a leading role (1930, The Green Goddess)

57. Wallace Beery

Actor | Dinner at Eight

In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...

1885-1949 (64 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1932, The Champ)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, The Big House)

58. Maurice Chevalier

Soundtrack | The Love Parade

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

1888-1972 (83 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, The Love Parade) Actor in a leading role (1930, The Big Pond)

Honorary award: 1959 - For his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century.

59. Ronald Colman

Actor | Random Harvest

British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his ...

1891-1958 (67 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1948, A Double Life)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, Condemned) Actor in a leading role (1930, Bulldog Drummond) Actor in a leading role (1943, Random Harvest)

60. Lawrence Tibbett

Actor | New Moon

One of the great voices of the Metropolitan Opera, Lawrence Mervil Tibbet was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1896. Born at the end of the "wild west" era, he was only six when his father, who was a Kern County deputy sheriff, was killed by bandits. After training with, among others, ...

1896-1960 (63 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1930, The Rogue Song)

61. Norma Shearer

Actress | The Divorcee

She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to ...

1902-1983 (80 years old)

Wins: Actress in a leading role (1930, The Divorcee)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, Their Own Desire) Actress in a leading role (1931, A Free Soul) Actress in a leading role (1935, The Barretts of Wimpole Street) Actress in a leading role (1937, Romeo and Juliet) Actress in a leading role (1939, Marie Antoinette)

62. Nancy Carroll

Actress | There Goes My Heart

Nancy Carroll made her film debut in 1927 after several years on the musical stage and later and Broadway. She became very popular upon the advent of sound because of her musical background. This red-haired, cupid-bow-mouthed star entertained movie audiences during the 1930s mouthed star gained a ...

1903-1965 (61 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, The Devil's Holiday)

63. Greta Garbo

Actress | Ninotchka

Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and ...

1905-1990 (84 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1930, Romance) Actress in a leading role (1930, Anna Christie) Actress in a leading role (1938, Camille) Actress in a leading role (1940, Ninotchka)

Honorary award: 1955 - For her unforgettable screen performances.

64. Clarence Brown

Director | Anna Karenina

Clarence Leon Brown was the son of Larkin Harry and Catherine Ann (Gaw) Brown of Clinton, Massachusetts. His family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1905 and from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in mechanical and electrical ...

1890-1987 (97 years old)

Nominations: Director (1930, Romance) Director (1930, Anna Christie) Director (1931, A Free Soul) Director (1944, The Human Comedy) Director (1946, National Velvet) Director (1947, The Yearling)

65. Robert Z. Leonard

Director | The Great Ziegfeld

Chicago-born Robert Z. Leonard studied law at the University of Colorado, but the legal profession proved not to be his forte and he dropped out in favor of a career in the theatre. When his family moved to Hollywood in 1907 Leonard sought work in the fledgling film industry, starting as an actor ...

1889-1968 (78 years old)

Nominations: Director (1930, The Divorcee) Director (1937, The Great Ziegfeld)

66. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

1888-1973 (84 years old)

Wins: Writing, achievement (1930, The Big House) Writing, original story (1932, The Champ)

Nominations: Writing, original story (1934, The Prizefighter and the Lady)

67. George Abbott

Writer | The Pajama Game

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...

1887-1995 (107 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, All Quiet on the Western Front)

68. Maxwell Anderson

Writer | All Quiet on the Western Front

James Maxwell Anderson was born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1888 to William Lincoln Anderson and Charlotte Perrimela (Stephenson) Anderson. The second child born to the couple, Anderson spent his formative years on his maternal grandmother's farm in Atlantic before the family moved ...

1888-1959 (70 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, All Quiet on the Western Front)

1894-1942 (48 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, All Quiet on the Western Front)

70. Julien Josephson

Writer | Disraeli

American screenwriter and author of short stories. Did his best work during the silent era in adapting such literary classics as Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windemere's Fan" (1925) to the screen. Usually worked in collaboration with others, rather than as a solo writer, on films for Warner Brothers (1928-...

1881-1959 (77 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, Disraeli)

71. John Meehan

Writer | Boys Town

John Meehan, the Oscar-nominated Cando-American screenwriter and playwright best known for co-writing the classic Boys Town (1938), was born on May 8, 1890 in Lindsay, Ontario. His first dream was to be a chef, but after studying the culinary arts in Austria, he went to New York to seek fame and ...

1890-1954 (64 years old)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, The Divorcee) Writing, screenplay (1939, Boys Town)

72. Howard Estabrook

Writer | Cimarron

Detroit-born Howard Estabrook entered show business as a stage actor in New York in 1904. He appeared in several films starting in 1914 and even directed a few in 1917. He left films for a career in the business world, but returned in 1921 in executive positions with various studios, then began ...

1884-1978 (94 years old)

Wins: Writing, adaptation (1931, Cimarron)

Nominations: Writing, achievement (1930, Street of Chance)

73. Joseph T. Rucker

Cinematographer | With Byrd at the South Pole

Joseph T. Rucker was, for the better part of his forty year career, a newsreel cameraman for Paramount News. He is remembered for filming the 1915 opening of the Panama Canal, the aftermath of the 1923 Tokyo earthquake, the 1927 civil war in China and Richard E. Byrd Jr.'s 1928 and 1930 expeditions...

1887-1957 (70 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1930, With Byrd at the South Pole)

1894-1963 (68 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1930, With Byrd at the South Pole)

75. William H. Daniels

Cinematographer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Oscar-winning director of photography William Daniels was a master of black-and-white cinematographer most famous for the 21 films he shot that starred the immortal Greta Garbo between 1926 and 1939. Among the Gabro classics he lensed were The Torrent (1924), Flesh and the Devil (1926), Love (1927)...

1901-1970 (68 years old)

Wins: Cinematography, black and white (1949, The Naked City)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, Anna Christie) Cinematography, color (1959, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) Cinematography, color (1964, How the West Was Won)

76. Tony Gaudio

Cinematographer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Tony Gaudio was born Gaetano Antonio Gaudio on November 20, 1883, in Cosenza, Italy, to a professional photographer. After attended art school in Rome, he became an assistant to his father and elder brother, who were portrait photographers. Eventually he segued into cinema, starting with "Napoleon ...

1883-1951 (67 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1937, Anthony Adverse)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, Hell's Angels) Cinematography, black and white (1940, Juarez) Cinematography, black and white (1941, The Letter) Cinematography, black and white (1944, Corvette K-225) Cinematography, color (1946, A Song to Remember)

77. Harry Perry

Cinematographer | Hell's Angels

1888-1985 (96 years old)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, Hell's Angels)

78. Victor Milner

Cinematographer | Reap the Wild Wind

Pioneering cinematographer Victor Milner acquired his fascination with the celluloid media during the days of the nickelodeon. After working as a lab assistant for a film equipment manufacturer, he joined Pathe Weekly News in the capacity of projectionist and newsreel cameraman. Among other events,...

1893-1972 (78 years old)

Wins: Cinematography (1935, Cleopatra)

Nominations: Cinematography (1930, The Love Parade) Cinematography (1936, The Crusades) Cinematography (1937, The General Died at Dawn) Cinematography (1939, The Buccaneer) Cinematography, black and white (1940, The Great Victor Herbert) Cinematography, color (1941, North West Mounted Police) Cinematography, color (1943, Reap the Wild Wind) Cinematography, black and white (1951, The Furies)

79. Herman Rosse

Art_director | King of Jazz

Rosse studied architecture and design at the Royal College of Art, London. He later graduated with a BA from Stanford University. Moved to California with his wife, the landscape architect Sophia Helena Luyt, to work on decoration designs for the Netherlands pavilion at the Panama-Pacific Expo in ...

1887-1965 (78 years old)

Wins: Art direction (1930, King of Jazz)

80. Jack Okey

Art_director | Out of the Past

Under contract to First National (1924-1930), Warner Brothers (1931-1934) and RKO (1935-1937).

1889-1963 (73 years old)

Nominations: Art direction (1930, Sally) Art direction-interior decoration, black and white (1946, Experiment Perilous)

81. Douglas Shearer

Sound_department | The Wizard of Oz

Douglas Shearer came to MGM to visit his sister, Norma Shearer, and was hired as an assistant in the camera department. When MGM decided to make sound pictures, Douglas was appointed head of the sound department. In 1928, Douglas took the silent 'White Shadows in the South Seas' to a New Jersey ...

1899-1971 (71 years old)

Wins: Sound, recording (1930, The Big House) Sound, recording (1936, Naughty Marietta) Sound, recording (1937, San Francisco) Sound, recording (1941, Strike Up the Band) Effects, special effects (1945, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo) Effects, special effects (1948, Green Dolphin Street) Sound, recording (1952, The Great Caruso)

Nominations: Sound, recording (1935, Viva Villa!) Sound, recording (1938, Maytime) Sound, recording (1939, Sweethearts) Effects, special effects (1940, The Wizard of Oz) Sound, recording (1940, Balalaika) Effects, special effects (1941, Boom Town) Effects, special effects (1942, Flight Command) Sound, recording (1942, The Chocolate Soldier) Effects, special effects (1943, Mrs. Miniver) Sound, recording (1943, Mrs. Miniver) Sound, recording (1944, Madame Curie) Sound, recording (1945, Kismet) Sound, recording (1946, They Were Expendable) Sound, recording (1948, Green Dolphin Street)

Technical achievement awards: 1936 - For their automatic control system for cameras and sound recording machines and auxiliary stage equipment. 1938 - For the design of the film drive mechanism as incorporated in the ERPI 1010 reproducer. 1942 - For pioneering the development of fine grain emulsions for variable density original sound recording in a studio production. 1964 - For the engineering of an improved Background Process Projection System.

Honorary awards: 1937 - Academy Award of Merit - For the development of a practical two-way horn system and a biased Class A push-pull recording system.

Scientific and engineering awards: 1938 - For a method of varying the scanning width of variable density sound tracks (squeeze tracks) for the purpose of obtaining an increased amount of noise reduction. 1960 - For the development of a system of producing and exhibiting wide film motion pictures known as Camera 65.

82. John E. Tribby

Sound_department | Notorious

1903-1983 (79 years old)

Nominations: Sound, recording (1930, The Case of Sergeant Grischa)

1897-1982 (84 years old)

Wins: Sound, recording (1934, A Farewell to Arms)

Nominations: Sound, recording (1930, The Love Parade) Sound, recording (1935, Cleopatra) Sound, recording (1936, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer) Sound, recording (1937, The Texas Rangers)

84. Oscar Lagerstrom

Sound_department | Dodsworth

1890-1974 (83 years old)

Nominations: Sound, recording (1930, Raffles) Sound, recording (1937, Dodsworth)

85. George Groves

Sound_department | The Song of the Flame

Immigrated to the United States in 1923.

1901-1976 (74 years old)

Wins: Sound, recording (1958, Sayonara) Sound (1965, My Fair Lady)

Nominations: Sound, recording (1930, The Song of the Flame) Sound (1960, The Nun's Story) Sound (1961, Sunrise at Campobello) Sound (1963, The Music Man) Sound (1966, The Great Race) Sound (1967, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

86. Jackie Cooper

Actor | Superman

Jackie Cooper was born John Cooper in Los Angeles, California, to Mabel Leonard, an Italian-American stage pianist, and John Cooper. Through his mother, he was the nephew of actress Julie Leonard, screenwriter Jack Leonard, and (by marriage) director Norman Taurog. Jackie served with the Navy in ...

1922-2011 (88 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1931, Skippy)

87. Richard Dix

Actor | Cimarron

Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him...

1893-1949 (56 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1931, Cimarron)

88. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

1897-1975 (77 years old)

Wins: Actor in a leading role (1932, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) Actor in a leading role (1947, The Best Years of Our Lives)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1931, The Royal Family of Broadway) Actor in a leading role (1938, A Star is Born) Actor in a leading role (1952, Death of a Salesman)

89. Adolphe Menjou

Actor | Paths of Glory

The words "suave" and "debonair" became synonymous with the name Adolphe Menjou in Hollywood, both on- and off-camera. The epitome of knavish, continental charm and sartorial opulence, Menjou, complete with trademark waxy black mustache, evolved into one of Hollywood's most distinguished of artists...

1890-1963 (73 years old)

Nominations: Actor in a leading role (1931, The Front Page)

90. Marie Dressler

Actress | Min and Bill

Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on...

1868-1934 (65 years old)

Wins: Actress in a leading role (1931, Min and Bill)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1932, Emma)

91. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

1901-1992 (90 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1931, Morocco)

92. Irene Dunne

Actress | The Awful Truth

Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age...

1898-1990 (91 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1931, Cimarron) Actress in a leading role (1937, Theodora Goes Wild) Actress in a leading role (1938, The Awful Truth) Actress in a leading role (1940, Love Affair) Actress in a leading role (1949, I Remember Mama)

93. Ann Harding

Actress | Love from a Stranger

Ann, born Dorothy Gatley, spent most of her childhood as an "army brat" constantly moving around before the family finally settled in New York. Ann first appeared on the stage while she spent a year attending Bryn Mawr College. She became a clerk and freelance script reader with a film company ...

1901-1981 (80 years old)

Nominations: Actress in a leading role (1931, Holiday)

94. Norman Taurog

Director | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A successful child actor (on stage from 1907) and rather less successful romantic lead, baby-faced Norman Taurog found being behind the camera a more rewarding experience. Before becoming a director, he paid his dues as a prop man and editor. By 1919, he was put in charge of two-reel comedies, ...

1899-1981 (82 years old)

Wins: Director (1931, Skippy)

Nominations: Director (1939, Boys Town)

95. Wesley Ruggles

Producer | Cimarron

The younger brother of Hollywood character player Charles Ruggles, Wesley Ruggles spent most of his early years in San Francisco. He attended university there, began a lengthy apprenticeship in stock and musical comedy and then joined Keystone in Hollywood as an actor in 1914 working alongside Syd ...

1889-1972 (82 years old)

Nominations: Director (1931, Cimarron)

96. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Devil Is a Woman

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...

1894-1969 (75 years old)

Nominations: Director (1931, Morocco) Director (1932, Shanghai Express)

97. John Monk Saunders

Writer | The Dawn Patrol

John Monk Saunders was born on November 22, 1895 in Hinckley, Minnesota, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Dawn Patrol (1930), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) and The Dawn Patrol (1938). He was married to Fay Wray and Avis Hughes. He died on March 11, 1940 in Ft. Myers, Florida, USA.

1895-1940 (44 years old)

Wins: Writing, original story (1931, The Dawn Patrol)

98. Rowland Brown

Writer | Angels with Dirty Faces

Studied at the University of Detroit and the Detroit School of Fine Arts.

1897-1963 (65 years old)

Nominations: Writing, original story (1931, The Doorway to Hell) Writing, original story (1939, Angels with Dirty Faces)

99. Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast

Director | Laughter

Harry d'Arrast's entry into the movie industry was somewhat unusual--he was wounded while serving in the French army during WW I, and while recuperating in a military hospital met French-born American film director George Fitzmaurice, who invited him to come to Hollywood after he had recovered. He ...

1897-1968 (70 years old)

Nominations: Writing, original story (1931, Laughter)

100. Douglas Z. Doty

Writer | Laughter

Survived by his daughter, Dorothy Whiting Doty; his widow, Katherine C. Doty; a son, Douglas Z. Jr.; a sister, Madeleine Z. Doty of Geneva, Switzerland, well-known reformer; and a brother, Ralph Z. Doty of Hollywood.

1874-1935 (60 years old)

Nominations: Writing, original story (1931, Laughter)



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