Claudette Colbert won for It Happened One Night, a rare victory for an actress in a comedy:
She beat out Norma Shearer, who played Elizabeth Barrett Browning quite well in The Barretts of Wimpole Street:
The final official nominee was for a now forgotten opera singer turned actress, Grace Moore, in One Night of Love:
The first famous (or infamous) Oscar snub came when Bette Davis was left out of the running by the Academy for her groundbreaking (if dated) performance as a Cockney tart in Of Human Bondage:
Davis seems to have actually managed to reach third place due to an intensive write-in vote, but Jack Warner reportedly blocked her from receiving even that recognition, due to his anger over her demanding the role so insistently in the first place.
Also omitted: Myrna Loy for her career-changing role in The Thin Man as wisecracking, smart, stubborn Nora Charles:
Finally, although she is now forgotten, African-American actress Louise Beavers should have been nominated for her complex performance in the original Imitation of Life (a far better, more nuanced version than the more famous Lana Turner-Douglas Sirk remake):
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