‘Slash Film: Sunrise Is The Only Best Picture Oscar Winner The Academy Doesn’t Recognize’

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The very first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and it was an extremely different affair. The winners had already been announced, the ceremony lasted only 15 minutes, it wasn’t broadcast in any medium, and the categories were extremely different than what fans of the Oscars are used to.

The winners for Best Actor and Actress, Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor, received Academy Awards for their work in multiple films, not just a single performance. There were no awards yet for Best Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress. The awards for Best Director were split by genre, with Lewis Milestone winning for Best Directing of a Comedy Picture and Frank Borzage winning for Best Directing of a Dramatic Picture.

But even more significantly, the award for Best Picture was also split, and not by genre. There was the Academy Award for Outstanding Picture, which went to the World War I epic “Wings,” and the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture, which went to the experimental drama “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.” Essentially,”Wings” was deemed to be the most crowd-pleasing movie of the year, while “Sunrise” was declared the most interesting. There were two “Best Pictures.”

Just one year later the Academy dropped the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture, shifting all the focus onto the Academy Award for Outstanding Picture. That’s all well and good, but the Academy also decided that “Wings” was now officially the first Best Picture winner, and that “Sunrise” — even though it also won a Best Picture award — didn’t count anymore. The official Oscars website still claims that “Wings” was the “first Best Picture winner,” a dramatic oversimplification that effectively sweeps the other “first Best Picture” under the rug.

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Author: William Bibbiani
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January 19, 2023

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