10th Academy Awards

10th Academy Awards
Date March 10, 1938
Site Biltmore Hotel
Hosted by Bob Burns
Best Picture The Life of Emile Zola
Most awards The Life of Emile Zola (3)
Most nominations The Life of Emile Zola (10)

The 10th Academy Awards were originally scheduled for March 3, 1938, but due to the Los Angeles flood of 1938 were held on March 10, 1938, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California; hosted by Bob Burns.[1]


Two categories were discontinued following this presentation: Best Dance Direction, which was the only nomination ever received by a Marx Brothers film (Dave Gould for the dance number "All God's Children Got Rhythm" in A Day at the Races), and Best Assistant Director.

The Life of Emile Zola was the first film to receive ten nominations and the second biographical film to win Best Picture.

Luise Rainer received the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Good Earth, earning her the distinctions of being the first actor to win two Academy Awards and the first to win consecutive acting awards.

A Star is Born was the first color film to receive a Best Picture nomination.

Walt Disney's timeless classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length Technicolor animated feature film with sound with and widely seen as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, received only one nomination (Best Score). In the following year, the Academy presented Disney an Honorary Academy Award, "for creating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937], recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon." (One statuette and seven miniature statuettes on a stepped base.) This is a rare case of a film being recognized in two succeeding ceremonies.

The presentation of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award began, presented to Darryl F. Zanuck, who also as of 2014 holds the record for most presentations at three.


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Outstanding Production Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
Best Live Action Short Film, Color Best Animated Short Film
Best Score Best Song
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Sound Recording Best Film Editing
Best Assistant Director Best Dance Direction

Multiple nominations and awards

The following twenty films received multiple nominations:

  • 10 nominations: The Life of Emile Zola
  • 7 nominations: Lost Horizon and A Star is Born
  • 6 nominations: The Awful Truth and In Old Chicago
  • 5 nominations: The Good Earth and One Hundred Men and a Girl
  • 4 nominations: Captains Courageous, Dead End, and Stage Door
  • 3 nominations: The Hurricane and Souls at Sea
  • 2 nominations: Conquest, A Damsel in Distress, Maytime, Night Must Fall, The Prisoner of Zenda, Stella Dallas, Waikiki Wedding, Topper, and Vogues of 1938

The following four films received multiple awards:

  • 3 awards: The Life of Emile Zola
  • 2 awards: The Good Earth, In Old Chicago, and Lost Horizon

Academy Honorary Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

See also


  1. "The 10th Academy Awards (1938) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
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