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These Old Hollywood Oscar Dresses Will Make You Yearn For The Past

1. 1930: Mary Pickford
In 1930, the silent-screen actress Mary Pickford won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Coquette. This was the second Academy Award, and she was the first acting winner for a sound feature, so the honor was quite a big one. Pickford came dressed to impress to the awards ceremony, and wore a timeless dress with a ruched bodice, a trumpet skirt, and ornate beading. The top was without sleeves, and the chest had a flamboyant bow on the side.

Back then, the awards were presented in only seven categories: Outstanding Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Directing, Writing, Art Direction, and Cinematography. Coquette was Pickford's first talkie, which was about a southern belle, her unsuitable beau, and a murder. She picked up an Academy Award for her portrayal, but then four years later quit acting to open a movie production company with Charlie Chaplin. Pickford was known as America's Sweetheart at the time of her win, but she was also a force to be reckoned with. She became the most powerful woman in Hollywood, as a producer, a studio head, and an award-winning actress. She was also one of the founding members of the Academy, so it gives you an idea just how much of a pioneer Pickford was then.