“It Happened One Night” Sweeps the 1934 Academy Awards


At the 7th Academy Awards for 1934, held on February 27, 1935 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, Frank Capra’s romantic comedy “It Happened One Night” became the first film to perform a “clean sweep” of the top five categories; Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert) and Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin).


“It Happened One Night” (1934 – Columbia Pictures) won the Oscar for Best Picture


“It Happened One Night” (1934) is an American romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father’s thumb, and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable).


Frank Capra with his Oscar for best director for “It Happened One Night” (1934)


Clark Gable gave his Oscar for “It Happened One Night” to a child who admired it, telling him it was the winning of the statue that had mattered, not owning it. The child returned the Oscar to the Gable family after Clark’s death.


Clark Gable with his Oscar for Best Actor in “It Happened One Night” (1934)


Claudette Colbert was so convinced that she would lose the Oscar competition to write-in nominee Bette Davis, that she decided not to attend the awards ceremony. When Colbert won the Academy Award for Best Actress she was summoned from a train station to pick up her Oscar.


Shirley Temple gives Claudette Colbert her Oscar for Best Actress in “It Happened One Night” (1934)


Robert Riskin won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for “It Happened One Night” (1934)


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  1. […] that acting is instinct to start with… you either have it or you don’t.” ~ Claudette Colbert […]

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