Walter Huston won for Best Supporting Actor while son John Huston took home honors for Best Director and Best Screenplay, both men gaining their Academy Awards for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; the first and only father and son winners in the same year and for the same film! The ceremonies were held at the Academy Award Theater located at 9038 Melrose Avenue, which is just a touch east of Doheny Dr., on the south side of Melrose. Formerly, the building had been the Marquis Theater; it provided the Academy with office space and room for their growing library.
Yes, it was quite the year for the Huston name, not only did father and son take home statues but Clair Trevor won for Best Supporting Actress, directed by John Huston, in Key Largo. In Walter Huston’s acceptance speech he said: “many years ago, many, many years ago, I raised a son and I said if you ever become a director or a writer, please find a good part for your old man; he did alright.”
By C. S. Williams