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In the 1910s and '20s, actress Mary Pickford was known as "Blondielocks" for her golden, sausage-like curls.

365 Days of Oscar: Mary Pickford Makes Tea, Wins Best Actress

On this date in 1930, the 2nd Academy Awards were held at the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This was the first Academy Awards ceremony broadcast on radio.

The second ceremony included a number of changes from the first: most importantly, it was the first presentation for which the winners were not announced in advance, and the number of award categories was reduced from twelve to seven. It is unique in being the only occasion where there were no official nominees; subsequent research by AMPAS resulted in a list of unofficial or de facto nominees, based on records of which films were evaluated by the judges.

Other facts of note: Chester Morris was the first nominee for Best Actor born in the 20th century. This was also the only year in which no film won more than one Oscar. The Broadway Melody became the second of seven films to win Best Picture without a writing nomination (preceded by Wings, and followed by Grand Hotel, Cavalcade, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, and Titanic), and the first of three to win Best Picture and nothing else (followed by Grand Hotel and Mutiny on the Bounty). Jeanne Eagels became the first and, to date, only actress to be posthumously nominated for Best Actress, for The Letter. And The Divine Lady became the last film to win Best Director without receiving a Best Picture nomination.

The most curious anecdote? Mary Pickford, a founding member of the Academy and the wife of its first president, lobbied to be considered for the Best Actress award, inviting the judges over for tea at her home, while other actresses being considered for the same award were not made aware of their status. It worked – she won for Coquette!

This article is part of a special year-long series of anecdotes, reflections and thoughts about the Academy Awards.