TRIVIAL PURSUITS: The First Oscar Awarded

February 26, 2013 – To whom was the first Oscar statuette awarded?

The first Best Actor winner was acclaimed German tragedian Emil Jannings, who had to return to Europe before the ceremony. The Academy granted his request to receive the trophy early, making his statuette the very first Academy Award ever presented.  

He was honored for his roles in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh.”
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