Louise Brooks left a comment this morning suggesting she's impatient for my post revealing the best picture of 1929-30, and I am working on it. In the meantime, take a look at some of the performers I considered for nominations before I decided to go in a different direction:
The Marx Brothers ...
... and Margaret Dumont (The Cocoanuts)
Gary Cooper (The Virginian)
Helen Morgan (Applause)
Anita Page (Our Modern Maidens)
Lilyan Tashman (Bulldog Drummond)
Leila Hyams (The Big House)
I encourage you search each of them out (some, I'm sure you have already). They are well worth the effort.
Alternate Best Actor 1971: Results
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