In 1935, the Academy instated a rule that allowed write-in votes in order to quell the small uproar that occurred after they failed to nominate Bette Davis for her performance in 1934’s Of Human Bondage. She didn’t win, but the following year, Hal Mohr did, becoming the first and only write-in candidate to receive the golden statuette. His was for cinematography, a result of him taking over the lensing duties on A Midsummer Night’s Dream after Ernest Haller was fired. Haller’s footage was scrapped and Mohr started from scratch, championing the use of aluminum paint, metallic particles and cobwebs to give the forest an ethereal quality.
The Academy would eliminate the write-in rule the following year.
Mutiny on the Bounty
John Ford, The Informer
Victor McLaglen, The Informer
Bette Davis, Dangerous