21CF Oscars Countdown: Best Writing (Adaptation) for ‘7th Heaven’ (1927)


In the weeks leading up to the 90th Oscars on Sunday, March 4, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from the 20th Century Fox Archives.

Logan,” which is nominated for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) at this year’s Academy Awards, brings the Wolverine trilogy to a close. It’s the first live-action superhero film to be nominated in this category.

For this milestone, we look back on another first: Fox Studios film “7th Heaven” won the first ever award for Best Writing (Adaptation) at the inaugural Academy Award ceremony, which honored films from 1927 and 1928. The event was a private dinner held on May 16, 1929, at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

“7th Heaven” is a silent romantic drama about a young girl named Diane who falls in love with Chico, a street cleaner, against the backdrop of World War I. Writer Benjamin Glazer adapted the screenplay from Austin Strong’s popular stage play of the same name.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and took home three; in addition to the Writing win, Janet Gaynor won for her portrayal of Diane and Frank Borzage won the award for Best Directing in a Dramatic Picture. The film was added to the United States National Film Registry in 1995.

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