Directed: Josef von Sternberg
Nominated: Best Actor – George Bancroft
Plot in 25 Words: A good guy falls for a gangster’s moll and ends up on death row for his troubles. Some unlikely prison action and cute dog, too.
Directed: Roland West
Nominated: Best Picture, Best Actor – Chester Morris
Plot in 25 Words: Dark and twisty film offering a glimpse into the old-school workings of undercover police. Lies and deceit lead to a vengeful and bloody shootout.
Directed: Frank Lloyd
Nominated: Best Director – Frank Lloyd, Best Actress – Corrinne Griffith
Won: Best Director – Frank Lloyd
Plot in 25 Words: A poor girl becomes a rich trophy wife, and then lover to one of the most powerful men of the time. Mostly a true story.
Directed: Irving Cummings
Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director – Irving Cummings, Best Actor – Warner Baxter
Won: Best Actor – Warner Baxter
Plot in 25 Words: A very camp bandit is betrayed by the woman he loves. He gets revenge in a deadly manner and loves to rob many more stage coaches.