6th Academy Awards
DateMarch 16, 1934
SiteThe Ambassador Hotel
Hosted byWill Rogers
Best PictureCavalcade
Most awardsCavalcade (3)
Most nominationsCavalcade, A Farewell to Arms and Lady for a Day (4)

The 6th Academy Awards were held on March 16, 1934, to honor films released between August 1, 1932 and December 31, 1933, at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Will Rogers, who also presented the awards.

When Rogers presented Best Director, he opened the envelope and simply announced, "Come up and get it, Frank!" Frank Capra, certain he was the winner, ran to the podium to collect the Oscar, only to discover Rogers had meant Frank Lloyd, who had won for Cavalcade. Rogers then called the third nominee, George Cukor, to join the two Franks on stage.[1][2] After this, he summoned two of the Best Actress nominees—Diana Wynyard and May Robson—to the stage. Although they both thought they won in a tie, Rogers thanked them for their performances before announcing the actual winner: Katharine Hepburn.[2]

A change in the eligibility rules resulted in the longest time frame for which films could be nominated: the seventeen months from August 1, 1932, to December 31, 1933. After this, the eligibility period would coincide with the calendar year.

This was the last time that no film had more than four nominations, as well as the only year in Academy history in which no film other than the Best Picture nominees received multiple nominations. Cavalcade became the fourth film to win Best Picture without a writing nomination, and the last until Hamlet (1948) at the 21st Academy Awards.

Walt Disney became the first person to win consecutive Academy Awards, winning Best Short Subject, Cartoon for The Three Little Pigs after having won the same award the previous year for Flowers and Trees.

This was the first time in the Academy's history that both of the major acting nominees were absent from the big night.[2]

Winners and nominees

Winfield Sheehan, Best Picture winner (producer)
Frank Lloyd, Best Director winner
Charles Laughton, Best Actor winner
Katharine Hepburn, Best Actress winner
Victor Heerman, Best Adaptation co-winner
Sarah Y. Mason, Best Adaptation co-winner
Charles Lang, Best Cinematography winner
Joe Rock, Best Live Action Short Subject, Novelty winner
Walt Disney, Best Short Subject, Cartoon winner
Charles Dorian, Best Assistant Director co-winner

Nominees were announced on February 26, 1934. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[3][4][5]

Multiple nominations and awards

Films with multiple nominations
Nominations Film
4 Cavalcade
A Farewell to Arms
Lady for a Day
3 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Little Women
2 42nd Street
The Private Life of Henry VIII
State Fair
Films with multiple wins
Wins Film
3 Cavalcade
2 A Farewell to Arms

Scientific or Technical Awards

Class II Awards

Class III Awards

See also


  1. ^ Class II Scientific or Technical award winners receive a plaque.
  2. ^ Class III Scientific or Technical award winners receive a citation.


  1. ^ McBride, Joseph, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success. New York: Simon & Schuster 1992. ISBN 0-671-73494-6, pp. 288–292, 294–296, 298–302, 309–310
  2. ^ a b c Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 833. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  3. ^ "The 6th Academy Awards (1934) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1932/33" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".
  5. ^ Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1987), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, New York, United States: Ballantine Books