5th Academy Awards
Wallace Beery, with Lionel Barrymore and Master of Ceremonies Conrad Nagel
DateNovember 18, 1932[1]
SiteAmbassador Hotel[1]
Los Angeles, California
Hosted byConrad Nagel[1]
Best PictureGrand Hotel
Most awardsBad Girl and The Champ (2)
Most nominationsArrowsmith and The Champ (4)

The 5th Academy Awards were held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 18, 1932,[1] at the Ambassador Hotel[1] in Los Angeles, California, hosted by Conrad Nagel.[1] Films screened in Los Angeles between August 1, 1931, and July 31, 1932, were eligible to receive awards.[1] Walt Disney created a short animated film for the banquet, Parade of the Award Nominees.[2]

Grand Hotel became the only Best Picture winner to be nominated for Best Picture and nothing else.[3] It was the first of five films to date to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination, followed by Driving Miss Daisy, Argo, Green Book, and CODA; and the third of seven to win without a screenwriting nomination.[4]

This was the first of three Oscars in which two films not nominated for Best Picture received more nominations than the winner (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Guardsman). This happened again at the 25th and 79th Academy Awards.

This year saw the introduction of short film awards,[5] with Best Short Subject, Cartoon winner Flowers and Trees becoming the first color film to win an Oscar.[6]

There was a tie for Best Actor, a unique event in Academy history. Fredric March had led Wallace Beery in the balloting by only one vote, and the rules (later changed) said that the leader and runner-up could both be considered winners if they were only 3 votes apart.[7] This left the Academy short one Oscar.[7] By winning Best Actor for The Champ, as well as starring in Grand Hotel, Wallace Beery is the only performer to date to appear in a Best Picture-winning film and win an acting Oscar for a different Best Picture nominee in the same year.

This was the last ceremony to date in which no film won more than two Oscars.

Winners and nominees

Irving Thalberg; Best Picture winner
Frank Borzage; Best Director winner
Fredric March; Best Actor co-winner
Wallace Beery; Best Actor co-winner
Helen Hayes; Best Actress winner
Frances Marion; Best Original Story winner
Walt Disney; Best Short Subject, Cartoon co-winner and Honorary Academy Award recipient
Hal Roach; Best Live Action Short Subject, Comedy winner
Mack Sennett; Best Live Action Short Subject, Novelty winner


Nominees were announced on October 12, 1932. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[8]

Academy Honorary Award

Multiple nominations and awards

Films with multiple nominations
Nominations Film
4 Arrowsmith
The Champ
3 Bad Girl
Shanghai Express
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2 The Guardsman
Films with multiple wins
Wins Film
2 Bad Girl
The Champ

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "The 5th Academy Awards - 1933". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Untitled Page". Archived from the original on May 15, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Grand Hotel". September 11, 1932. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012 – via IMDb.
  4. ^ Mathews, Jack (March 27, 1990). "Who Really Won? : Oscars: Academy voters split their ballots, but they fail to do justice. They overlooked the directors of 'Daisy' and 'Glory'--and those films won a combined seven Oscars". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Academy Award Winners and Categories". Archived from the original on September 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Flowers and Trees". July 30, 1932. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014 – via IMDb.
  7. ^ a b Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 833. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  8. ^ "The 5th Academy Awards (1932) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2013.