10th Academy Awards
DateMarch 10, 1938
SiteBiltmore Hotel
Hosted byBob Burns
Best PictureThe Life of Emile Zola
Most awardsThe Life of Emile Zola (3)
Most nominationsThe Life of Emile Zola (10)

The 10th Academy Awards were originally scheduled for March 3, 1938, but due to the Los Angeles flood of 1938[1][2] were held on March 10, 1938, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. It was hosted by Bob Burns.[3]


Two categories were discontinued following this presentation: Best Dance Direction, which was the only nomination ever received by a Marx Brothers film (Dave Gould for the dance number "All God's Children Got Rhythm" in A Day at the Races), and Best Assistant Director.

The Life of Emile Zola was the first film to receive ten nominations and the second biographical film to win Best Picture, following the previous year's The Great Ziegfeld.

Luise Rainer received the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Good Earth, earning her the distinctions of being the first actor to win two Academy Awards and the first to win consecutive acting awards, following her performance in The Great Ziegfeld.

A Star Is Born was the first color film to receive a Best Picture nomination.

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length Technicolor animated feature film with sound and widely seen as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, received only one nomination (Best Score). In the following year, the Academy presented Disney an Honorary Academy Award, "for creating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937], recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon". (One statuette and seven miniature statuettes on a stepped base.) This is a rare case of a film being recognized in two succeeding ceremonies.

The presentation of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award began, presented to Darryl F. Zanuck, who also as of 2014 holds the record for most presentations at three.

This was the first year in which every film nominated for Best Picture received multiple nominations.


Spencer Tracy; Best Actor winner
Luise Rainer; Best Actress winner
Joseph Schildkraut; Best Supporting Actor winner
Alice Brady; Best Supporting Actress winner
Pete Smith; Best Live Action Short Subject, Color co-winner
Karl Freund; Best Cinematography winner
Mack Sennett; Honorary Academy Award recipient
Darryl F. Zanuck; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient

Nominations announced on February 6, 1938. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[3]

Multiple nominations and awards

Academy Honorary Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

See also


  1. ^ "Hollywood writers strike clouds Oscars". Reuters. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  2. ^ "1937 Academy Awards® Winners and History". filmsite.org. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  3. ^ a b "The 10th Academy Awards (1938) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-09.