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Best Actor
Warner Baxter
: In Old Arizona

Best Actress
Mary Pickford:
Mattinee idol makes good, this swooning cowboy found prominence as 'The Cisco Kid', in this career defining role. Many accused the only female founding member of the Academy of undue influence.  Rumors even circulated that she only agreed to star in this picture (her first talkie) on condition that she win the Award.  The controversy surrounding her win caused changes to the voting rules.
George Bancroft: 
Ruth Chatterton:  Madame X
The rugged silent star made the transition to talkies without much problem, but his considerable age would quickly relegate him to supporting roles.  He is best known as the gruff sheriff in Stagecoach (1940). The favorite to win the Oscar, Chatterton was a huge star on Broadway, and the pretentious New York set gasped when she agreed to appear in a movie.  Her first role was in a silent film, but she stuck around as the talkies began to emerge.  While Chatterton may be forgotten by many today, her unpopular decision to leave the bright lights for the silver screen influenced many after her.
Chester Morris: 
Betty Compson: The Barker
Son of famed agent and actor, William Morris, he was best known for playing tough guys.   This forgotten actress worked steadily in during the silent era, but was relegated to supporting roles and B-movies by the mid 1930's.
Paul Muni:  The Valiant
Jeanne Eagles:  The Letter
Muni was a relative newcomer to Hollywood by this time, but he was making his mark as a man who could hide himself in the characters he played.   The first actor to receive a posthumous nomination, the controversial actress died in 1928 of a heroin overdose.  "I'm the greatest actress in the world and the greatest failure. And nobody gives a damn."
Lewis Stone: The Patriot
Bessie Love: 
Broadway Melody
Known better as Judge Hardy, in the Andy Hardy series, Stone's performance in The Patriot is well regarded.  Sadly, there is no known print of it in existence today. A flapper at heart, this tiny woman had a lot of moxy!  She was one of the bright lights at MGM, so popular that Mussolini was rumored to have courted her.