8th Academy Awards

The 8th Academy Awards were held on March 5, 1936, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Frank Capra. This was the first year in which the gold statuettes were called "Oscars".

8th Academy Awards
DateMarch 5, 1936
SiteBiltmore Hotel
Hosted byFrank Capra
Best PictureMutiny on the Bounty
Most awardsThe Informer (4)
Most nominationsMutiny on the Bounty (8)

The category of Best Dance Direction was introduced this year. The DGA successfully lobbied for its elimination three years later.

Mutiny on the Bounty became the last film to date to win Best Picture and nothing else (following The Broadway Melody and Grand Hotel), and the only film to receive three nominations for Best Actor.

This was the second and last year that write-in votes were allowed at the Oscars. A Midsummer Night's Dream became the only film to win a write-in Oscar, taking Best Cinematography.


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1][2]

Academy Honorary AwardEdit

  • D. W. Griffith – "For his distinguished creative achievements as director and producer and his invaluable initiative and lasting contributions to the progress of the motion picture arts".

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit


A fictitious version of the 8th Academy Awards was a major scene in the 1937 film A Star is Born, in which the character of Esther Blodgette (stage name Vicki Lester), played by Janet Gaynor, wins the Academy Award for Best Actress, only to have her inebriated husband, fallen movie star Norman Maine, played by Fredric March, crash the party and make a scene. Both Gaynor and March were real-life recipients of Academy Awards, for Best Actress and Actor respectively, and were nominated for their roles in said movie.

The film shows a ceremony similar to the real one of the day, much smaller and more private than the televised event that occurs today.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 8th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1935" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".