Award won: Best Picture
Oscar historians must wish that The Broadway Melody had never been made. Why? Because director Harry Beaumont's 1929 musical will forever be remembered as the first sound film to ever win the coveted Best Picture prize.
At the time of its initial release, The Broadway Melody was a huge success, launching a profitable franchise for MGM Studios and delighting audiences who'd never seen or heard Hollywood-made song-and-dance pictures of its kind. Revisited today, however, it's a banal, entirely uneventful production with so-so musical numbers and a stifled vibe that's all the more blah when you consider how inventive the genre became.