Acting Nominations 1930-1939

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1. Lew Ayres

Actor | Holiday

Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929), but it was the role of Paul ...

1930

BEST ACTOR

1. Lew Ayres, All Quiet on the Western Front

2. Mary Duncan

Actress | Kismet

Mary Duncan went to Hollywood after critics praised her acting in the lead in "The Shanghai Gesture" on Broadway. While making Five and Ten (1931), she became friends with the film's lead, Marion Davies. The two attended a polo match, where Davies introduced Duncan to Stephen "Laddie" Sanford, an ...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Mary Duncan, City Girl

3. Louis Wolheim

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

It was Lionel Barrymore who gave Louis Wolheim (Cornell '07) his start as an actor. Wolheim had had his face more or less smashed in and his nose nicely fractured while playing on a scrub Cornell football team. Later as a Cornell Instructor he found life none too easy. He had worked off and on as ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Louis Wolheim, All Quiet on the Western Front

4. James Dunn

Actor | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

James Dunn worked on the stage, in vaudeville and as an extra in silent movies before he was signed by Fox in 1931. His first movie with Fox was 1931's Sob Sister (1931). While at Fox, he appeared with Shirley Temple in her first three features: Baby, Take a Bow (1934), Stand Up and Cheer! (1934) ...

1931

BEST ACTOR

1. James Dunn, Bad Girl 2. Fredric March, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde 3. Edward G. Robinson, Little Caesar 4. Colin Clive, Frankenstein 5. Charles Chaplin, City Lights

5. Sally Eilers

Actress | They Made Her a Spy

Sally Eilers enjoyed lunch with a classmate from drama school, Jane Peters (who would later become known as Carole Lombard), at the Sennett Studios cafeteria. There she was spotted by Mack Sennett and instantly became one of his "discoveries". Having already appeared in several bit parts, beginning...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Sally Eilers, Bad Girl

6. Peter Lorre

Actor | Casablanca

Peter Lorre was born László Lowenstein on Rózsahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Peter Lorre, M 2. Dwight Frye, Dracula 3. Boris Karloff, Frankenstein

7. Virginia Cherrill

Actress | City Lights

Actress in US and UK films of the early 1930s. Born on a farm, Cherrill was discovered by Charles Chaplin while sitting beside him at a boxing match in Los Angeles; he introduced himself at intermission and hired her for her debut in City Lights (1931). She met husband Cary Grant at the premiere of ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Virginia Cherrill, City Lights 2. Miriam Hopkins, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde

8. John Barrymore

Actor | Twentieth Century

John Barrymore was born John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical ...

1932

BEST ACTOR

1. John Barrymore, Grand Hotel 2. Gary Cooper, A Farewell to Arms 3. Charles Farrell, After Tomorrow

9. Helen Hayes

Actress | Airport

Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown,...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Helen Hayes, A Farewell to Arms 2. Joan Crawford, Rain 3. Marian Nixon, After Tomorrow

10. Lionel Barrymore

Actor | Key Largo

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Lionel Barrymore, Grand Hotel 2. Walter Huston, Rain 3. Leslie Banks, The Most Dangerous Game 4. William Collier Sr., After Tomorrow 5. Boris Karloff, The Mummy

11. Greta Garbo

Actress | Ninotchka

Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Greta Garbo, Grand Hotel 2. Joan Crawford, Grand Hotel 3. Josephine Hull, After Tomorrow 4. Marian Nixon, After Tomorrow

12. Claude Rains

Actor | Casablanca

William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...

1933

BEST ACTOR

1. Claude Rains, The Invisible Man 2. Adolphe Menjou, Morning Glory

13. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory 2. Bebe Daniels, 42nd Street

14. Warner Baxter

Actor | Penthouse

Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Warner Baxter, 42nd Street

15. Ruby Keeler

Soundtrack | Sweetheart of the Campus

Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Ruby Keeler, 42nd Street 2. Mary Duncan, Morning Glory

16. William Powell

Actor | The Thin Man

William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did ...

1934

BEST ACTOR

1. William Powell, The Thin Man 2. Clarke Gable, It Happened One Night

17. Bette Davis

Actress | All About Eve

Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Bette Davis, Of Human Bodage 2. Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night

18. Nat Pendleton

Actor | The Thin Man

Brawn won out over brain as well when it came to wrestler athlete Nat Pendleton's professional movie career. For two decades, this massively-built, dark-haired, good-looking lug played a number of kind-hearted lunkheads, goons, henchmen and Joe Palooka-like buffoons.

Nathaniel Greene Pendleton was ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Nat Pendleton, The Thin Man

19. Myrna Loy

Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives

Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Myrna Loy, The Thin Man

20. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

1935

BEST ACTOR

1. Boris Karloff, Bride of Frankenstein 2. Fred Astaire, Top Hat

21. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Katharine Hepburn, Alice Adams 2. Miriam Hopkins, Becky Sharpe 3. Ginger Rogers, Top Hat

22. Ernest Thesiger

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Ernest Thesiger, Bride of Frankenstein 2. Edward Everett Horton, Top Hat 3. Fred Stone, Alice Adams

23. Helen Broderick

Actress | Swing Time

Helen Broderick was a deliciously funny character comedienne with vaudeville and stage experience, a close friend of Jeanne Eagels. The story goes that, at the age of 14, she ran away from home because her mother (who featured in operatic comedy) was totally obsessed by the theatre. Ironically, all...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Helen Broderick, Top Hat 2. Ann Shoemaker, Alice Adams

24. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

1936

1. Humphrey Bogart, The Petrified Forest 2. Mischa Auer, My Man Godfrey 3. Spencer Tracey, Fury

25. William Powell

Actor | The Thin Man

William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did ...

1936

BEST ACTOR

1. William Powell, My Man Godfrey 2. Gary Cooper, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 3. Walter Huston, Dodsworth 4. Leslie Howard, The Petrified Forest

26. Carole Lombard

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Carole Lombard, My Man Godfrey 2. Sylvia Sydney, Sabotage 3. Ruth Chatterton, Dodsworth 4. Bette Davis, The Petrified Forest

27. Alice Brady

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Alice Brady, My Man Godfrey 2. Jean Arthur, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 2. Mary Astor, Dodsworth

28. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish.

Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater ...

1937

BEST ACTOR

1. Henry Fonda, You Only Live Once

29. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Humphrey Bogart, Dead End

30. Sylvia Sidney

Actress | Beetlejuice

Sylvia Sidney was born in New York City, in the Bronx borough, on August 8, 1910 with the birth name of Sophia Kosow. Her father was Russian born and her mother was born in Romania. They divorced not long after her birth. Her mother subsequently remarried and Sylvia was adopted by her stepfather, ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Sylvia Sidney, Dead End

31. Cary Grant

Actor | Charade

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...

1938

BEST ACTOR

1. Cary Grant, Bringing Up Baby 2. Errol Flynn, The Adventures of Robin Hood

32. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Katharine Hepburn, Bringing Up Baby 2. Bette Davis, Jezebel

33. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish.

Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Henry Fonda, Jezebel 2. Claude Rains, The Adventures of Robin Hood

34. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Olivia de Havilland, The Adventures of Robin Hood

35. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

1939

BEST ACTOR

1. James Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 2. Laurence Olivier, Wuthering Heights 3. Henry Fonda, Young Mr. Lincoln 4. Charles Laughton, Jamaica Inn

36. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...

BEST ACTRESS

1. Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind 2. Bette Davis, Dark Victory 3. Merle Oberon, Wuthering Heights 4. Norma Shearer, The Women 5. Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz

37. Bert Lahr

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Fittingly known to be a "Leo" for his horoscope, Bert Lahr is always remembered as the Cowardly Lion in (and the farmer "Zeke") The Wizard of Oz (1939). But during his acting career, he has been known for being in burlesque, vaudeville, and Broadway.

Dropped out of high school at the age of fifteen ...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Bert Lahr, The Wizard of Oz 2. Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach 3. Claude Rains, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 4. Frank Morgan, The Wizard of Oz 5. Ray Bolger, The Wizard of Oz

38. Margaret Hamilton

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Margaret Hamilton was born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of oz 2. Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind 3. Rosalind Russell, The Women 4. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wuthering Heights



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