WWI Academy Awards

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1927 was the first year of the Academy Awards and Film makers were still obsessed about telling the stories of the First World War that a lot of the Writers, Directors, and Actors had witnessed firsthand and survived. Outstanding Picture went to Wings, directed by William Wellman who had flown during the war with the Lafayette Escadrille. Janet Gaynor received the first Best Actress Award for the WWI dramatic romance 7th Heaven. Frank Borzage received the Best Director Award for the same movie, 7th Heaven. And to round out the WWI theme Lewis Milestone received the Best Director Award for a Comedy movie titled Two Arabian Knights  about two doughboys captured by the Germans and their escapades attempting to escape from their captors. If you are going to learn about WWI Silent movies are the place to start.

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