7th Academy Awards
DateFebruary 27, 1935
SiteBiltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California
Hosted byIrvin S. Cobb
Best PictureIt Happened One Night
Most awardsIt Happened One Night (5)
Most nominationsOne Night of Love (6)

The 7th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1934, was held on February 27, 1935, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Irvin S. Cobb.

Frank Capra's influential romantic comedy It Happened One Night became the first film to perform a "clean sweep" of the top five award categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. This feat would later be duplicated by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992. It also was the first romantic comedy to be named Best Picture, and the first to win two acting Oscars.

For the first time, the Academy standardized the practice – still in effect – that the award eligibility period for a film would be the preceding calendar year.

This was also the first of only two years in which write-in candidates were allowed by the Academy as a tacit response to the controversy surrounding the snub of Bette Davis' performance in Of Human Bondage.

The categories of Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song were first introduced this year.

This was the last time that those in the Best Actor category were all first time nominees, as well as the last time until the 43rd Academy Awards were either leading acting category was entirely first-time nominees. (All nominees in the Best Actress category that year were first-timers, and this year was the only other time this had occurred since the 2nd Academy Awards.)

Shirley Temple received the first Juvenile Award at age six, making her the youngest Oscar recipient ever. Clark Gable became the first Best Actor winner born in the 20th century (1901), as well as the first to be born during Teddy Roosevelt's administration.


Frank Capra; Best Director winner and Best Picture co-winner
Harry Cohn; Best Picture co-winner
Clark Gable; Best Actor winner
Claudette Colbert; Best Actress winner
Walt Disney; Best Short Subject, Cartoon winner
Cedric Gibbons; Best Art Direction co-winner
Shirley Temple; Juvenile Academy Award recipient

Nominees were announced on February 5, 1935. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1][2]

Academy Juvenile Award

Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ "The 7th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. ^ a b "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1934" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".