The Fourth Academy Awards ceremony for motion pictures was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. A young Jackie Cooper, nominated for Best Actor, memorably fell asleep during the ceremony. He was nine year old. For the ceremony, the Academy recognized films released from August 1930 and July 1931. Cimarron won three awards, including Outstanding Production, later called Best Picture.
Outstanding Production: Cimarron (1931)
Best Director: Norman Taurog for Skippy (1931)
Best Actor: Lionel Barrymore for A Free Soul (1931)
Best Actress: Marie Dressler for Min and Bill (1931)