Saturday, March 1, 2014

Joseph Farnham & The Academy Award for Best Title Writing

The 1st Academy Awards, held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Joseph Farnham (1884-1931). Screenwriter, Editor. A former New York playwright, he went to Hollywood in 1918 and wrote intertitles for scores of silent films.


In 1929 he became the first and only recipient of an Academy Award for Best Title Writing.

Within a year, talkies had made the category (and Farnham's job) obsolete. When he succumbed to a heart attack at 46, Farnham also became the first Oscar-winner to die.

next episode: maude's day

4 comments:

  1. Allow me a stupid comment, please. All men in the first picture really seem as penguins.

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    1. I would happily dress up like a penguin if it would win me an oscar (or even a nomination)!

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  2. I remember reading about how in the beginning they sat around tables and enjoyed dinner and cocktails I'm sure! I'm sure the ladies never spent as much money back then as they do today when they attend!

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  3. I have found "showing up" to be critical to my writing process, too. As much as I believe you only need 15 minutes a day a few days a week to get started to write a book, I also believe in the value of showing up. Consistently. Read More

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