Fixing The Oscars – 1934

Best Picture: English Language

WINNER: The Black Cat

– The Scarlet Empress
– It Happened One Night (original winner)
– The Thin Man
– Tarzan and His Mate

Best Picture: Non-English Language

WINNER: L’Atalante

– Triumph of the Will

Best Actor

WINNER: Bela Lugosi (The Black Cat)

– William Powell
– Clark Gable (It Happened One Night) (original winner)
– Boris Karloff (The Black Cat)
– Leslie Howard (Of Human Bondage)
– Leslie Howard (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
– W.C. Fields (It’s a Gift)

Best Actress
THE WINNER: Bette Davis (Of Human Bondage) (original nominee)

– Marlene Dietrich (The Scarlet Empress)
– Maureen O’Sullivan (Tarzan and His Mate)
– Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night) (original winner)
– Myrna Loy (The Thin Man)
– Carole Lombard (Twentieth Century)

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Sam Jaffe (The Scarlet Empress)

– Michel Simon (L’Atalante)
– Peter Lorre (The Man Who Knew Too Much)
– Erik Rhodes (The Gay Divorcee)
– Edward Everett Horton (The Gay Divorcee)

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER: Louise Dresser (The Scarlet Empress)

– Louise Beavers (Imitation of Life)
– Kathleen Howard (It’s a Gift)
– Fredi Washington (Imitation of Life)
– Barbara Pepper (Our Daily Bread)

Best Director

WINNER: Frank Capra (It Happened One Night) (original winner)

– Josef von Sternberg (The Scarlet Empress)
– Jean Vigo (L’Atalante)
– Edgar G. Ulmer (The Black Cat)
– Ernst Lubitsch (The Merry Widow)
– Leni Riefenstahl (Triumph of the Will)

Best Screenplay

WINNER: Edgar G. Ulmer, Peter Ruric, Tom Kilpatrick (The Black Cat)

– Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett (The Thin Man) (original nominee)
– Robert Riskin (It Happened One Night) (original winner)
– Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur (Twentieth Century)
– Jean Guinee, Albert Riera, Jean Vigo (L’Atalante)

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Bert Glennon (The Scarlet Empress)

– Boris Kaufman, Louis Berger, Jean-Paul Alphen (L’Atalante)
– John Mescall (The Black Cat)
– Charles G. Clarke, Clyde De Vinna (Tarzan and His Mate)
– Sepp Allgeier, Karl Attenberger, Werner Bohne, Walter Fentrz, Willy Zielke (Triumph of the Will)

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

WINNER: Max Steiner (Of Human Bondage)

– Maurice Jaubert (L’Atalante)
– W. Franke Harling (The Scarlet Empress)
– Max Steiner (The Lost Patrol) (original nominee)
– William Axt (The Thin Man)
– Alfred Newman (Our Daily Bread)

Best Short

WINNER: Fétiche (The Mascot) (Wladyslaw Starewicz)

– Poor Cinderella (Fleischer, w/Betty Boop)
– The Tortoise and the Hare (Disney/Wilfred Jackson) (original winner, “best cartoon”)

Best Editing

WINNER:The Scarlet Empress (Sam Winston, Josef von Sternberg)

– The Man of Aran (John Goldman)
– Triumph des Willens (Leni Riefenstahl)
– It Happened One Night (Gene Havlick)
– L’Atalante (Louis Chavance)

Best Art-Direction

WINNER: The Scarlet Empress (Hans Dreier)

– The Black Cat (Charles D. Hall)
– The Merry Widow (Cedric Gibbons, Fredric Hope) (original winner)
– Cleopatra (Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier)

Best Costume Design

WINNER:The Scarlet Empress (Travis Banton) – 22

– Cleopatra (Travis Banton)
– The Merry Widow (Adrian)

Best Song

WINNER: The Continental, by Con Conrad & Herb Magidson, from the movie “The Gay Divorcee“ (Original Winner)

– My Old Flame, by Arthur Johnston & Sam Coslow, from the movie “Belle Of The Nineties”
– I Only Have Eyes For You, by Harry Warren & Al Dubin, from the movie “Dames”

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