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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The First Best Picture Oscar: "Wings"

Academy Awards

The first film to win "Best Picture" (awarded a year later because there was no "Best Picture" at the first Academy Awards)


Film poster

Directed by William A. Wellman
Produced by Lucien Hubbard
Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
B. P. Schulberg
Otto Kahn[1][2]
Written by Story:
John Monk Saunders
Hope Loring
Louis D. Lighton
Julian Johnson
Starring Clara Bow
Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Richard Arlen
Gary Cooper
Music by Uncredited:
J.S. Zamecnik
Cinematography Harry Perry
Editing by E. Lloyd Sheldon
Lucien Hubbard
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 12, 1927
Running time 141 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles
Budget US$2,000,000 (est.)[3]

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Award ceremony was held at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of 1927 and 1928. Wings was entered in a number of categories but in contrast with later awards, there was no Best Picture award. Instead, there were two separate awards for production, the Most Artistic Quality of Production, won by Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and the Most Outstanding Production, won by Wings as well as Best Effects, Engineering Effects for Roy Pomeroy.[13]

The following year, the Academy instituted a single award called Best Production, and decided retroactively that the award won by Wings had been the equivalent of that award, with the result that Wings is often listed as the winner of a sole Best Picture award for the first year. The title of the award was eventually changed to Best Picture for the 1931 awards.

Wings is a 1927 silent film about World War I fighter pilots, produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. Wings was the first film, and one of two silent films (the other being The Artist in 2012), to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.[4] Wings stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in a role which helped launch his career in Hollywood and also marked the beginning of his affair with Clara Bow. [5]

The above is from Wikipedia (click here).
IMDB Gallary of stills of the actors and scenes from the film (click here). 25 stills and 3 videos.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Madison Harper com 101 4044
I have never seen this movie but I was surprised the artist and the iron lady won so many awards this year. I was annoyed at the fact iron lady won best makeup when they barely had to do anything to the actors faces.