a backlash to Bette Davis being overlooked for a nomination for
her heavily favored performance in Of Human Bondage,
the Academy allowed write-in votes in 1934 and 1935,
meaning you didn't have to be nominated to win.
The only person who ever won this way was
cinematographer Hal Mohr,
for his work on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Mohr had a distinguished 50-year career as a cinematographer and would go on to win a second Oscar for Phantom of the Opera (1943) and a nomination for The Fourposter (1953). He is also one of only six cinematographers to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
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