1st Academy Awards (1927-28)


The only one with all silent movies (aside from the special award given to the Jazz Singer) and the “Title Writing” category. The ceremony actually took place in 1929 but celebrating the silent films of the last two years.

Outstanding Picture
Wings – Paramount Famous Lasky*
The Racket – The Caddo Company
7th Heaven – Fox

Best Unique and Artistic Picture
Sunrise – Fox
Chang – Paramount Famous Lasky
The Crowd – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Best Directing (Comedy Picture)
Lewis Milestone – Two Arabian Knights*
Charles Chaplin – The Circus – United Artists[not on ballot]
Ted Wilde – Speedy

Best Directing (Dramatic Picture)
Frank Borzage – 7th Heaven*
Herbert Brenon – Sorrell and Son
King Vidor – The Crowd

Best Actor
Emil Jannings – The Last Command as General Dolgorucki (Grand Duke Sergius Alexander) and The Way of All Flesh as August Schilling*
Richard Barthelmess – The Noose as Nickie Elkins and The Patent Leather Kid as The Patent Leather Kid
Charles Chaplin – The Circus as A Tramp[not on ballot]

Best Actress
Janet Gaynor
– 7th Heaven as Diane, Street Angel as Angela, and Sunrise as The Wife
Louise Dresser – A Ship Comes In as Mrs. Pleznik
Gloria Swanson – Sadie Thompson as Sadie Thompson

Best Writing (Original Story)
Underworld – Ben Hecht*
The Circus – Charles Chaplin[not on ballot]
The Last Command – Lajos Biro

Best Writing (Adaptation)
7th Heaven – Benjamin Glazer*
Glorious Betsy – Anthony Coldeway
The Jazz Singer – Alfred Cohn

Best Art Direction
The Dove – William Cameron Menzies*
Tempest – William Cameron Menzies*
7th Heaven – Harry Oliver
Sunrise – Rochus Gliese

Best Cinematography
Sunrise – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss
The Devil Dancer – George Barnes
The Magic Flame – George Barnes
Sadie Thompson – George Barnes

Best Engineering Effects
Wings – Roy Pomeroy
No specific film – Ralph Hammeras
No specific film – Nugent Slaughter

Best Writing (Title Writing)
No specific film – Joseph Farnham
The Private Life of Helen of Troy – Gerald Duffy[B]
No specific film – George Marion Jr.

The following Honorary Awards – then called Special Awards – were conferred:
Charles Chaplin – “To Charles Chaplin, for acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus”. [though nominated, Charles Chaplin was removed from the ballot in other categories and given this honorary award instead]
Warner Bros. – “To Warner Bros., for producing The Jazz Singer, the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry.”