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The Oscars take place next week and it will be 43 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather‘ scooped the Best Picture award and Marlon Brando his Best Actor statuette.

There’s a couple of things here. The first is that the film is set in the late 1940s, so is much closer to the time it is portraying than we are to the film. The second is that if we cast back to the Academy Awards of 1929 – 43 years before 1973 – the winner of the Best Picture was The Broadway Melody of 1929. This was the first talking picture to win an Oscar.

And if you’re wondering, the Best Actor in 1929 went to Warner Baxter for his portrayal of the Cisco Kid in “In Old Arizona”. The first talkie to be filmed outdoors.

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