1934 was the first year to choose pictures for eligibility for Academy Awards within a calendar year: January 1st thru December 31st. It was the first year all of the major awards were swept away by one single movie, It Happened One Night. Talk about your sour grapes these awards were received by Columbia Studios a poverty row studio. Columbia Studios did not have a large stable of actors but what it did have was Frank Capra. And the Hollywood moguls also had a way of punishing contract players by loaning them out to lower studios to appear in low budget movies to keep them in line.
I’m sure Clark Gable an MGM boy and Claudette Colbert a Paramount girl were laughing all of the way to the podium when they received their Best Actor, Best Actress Oscars. I can picture Clark thumbing his nose to old Louis B.
On a side note 1934 was the year that almost 6 year old Shirley Temple received her miniature Oscar statuette for her ‘outstanding contribution to screen entertainment’. Shirley appeared in nine features during the calendar year.