The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films released between August 1, 1927 - August 1, 1928, and took place on May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards in 12 categories. The 1st AMPAS-President and Co-Founder Douglas Fairbanks hosted the ceremony for the first time.

Winners and nominees

The winners were announced 3 months before the ceremony. 7th Heaven received the most nominations with 5; Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans came in second with 4.

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.



Art Direction


Directing (Comedy Picture)

Directing (Dramatic Picture)

Engineering Effects

Outstanding Picture

Unique and Artistic Picture

Writing (Adaptation)

Writing (Original Story)

Writing (Title Writing)