4th Academy Awards (1930/31): The Ceremony

Nominations Announcement | Ceremony Details | Presenters | Sci-Tech Awards

Nominations Announcement

Nominations Announcement Date: Monday, October 5, 1931

Ceremony Details

Awards Ceremony Date/Time: Tuesday, November 10, 1931, 8:00pm
Location: Banquet, Sala d’Oro, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
Host: Lawrence Grant
Length: 2 hours, 3 minutes


Scientific & Technical Awards: J. Theodore Reed
Cinematography: Karl Struss
Production Design: Van Nest Polglase
Sound Mixing: Col. Nugent Slaughter
Writing: Adaptation: Waldemar Young
Writing: Original Story: Waldemar Young
Directing: William K. Howard
Actress: Norma Shearer
Actor: George Arliss
Picture: B.P. Schulberg

Previous Acting & Directing Winners

The tradition of prior acting winners returning the subsequent year to present the opposite-gender category is a long one. Each year, we look to see whether the prior winners returned. There was an intermittent tradition where the prior directing winner returned as well, but this was a rare occurrence.

Actor – George Arliss: No
Actress – Norma Shearer: Yes and No (Presented: Best Actress)
Directing – Lewis Milestone: No

Scientific & Technical Awards

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