Oscar for Best Supporting Actor Awarded to Joseph Schildkraut for The Life of Emile Zola
Rare Early Oscar Design for Best Supporting Roles -- 1937 Award Was Only the Second One Presented for a Supporting Actor
Will Highlight Doyle New York's November 5 Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
On Monday, November 5, 2012, Doyle New York will auction a 1937 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Oscar was awarded to Joseph Schildkraut for his role in The Life of Emile Zola at the 10th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony on March 10, 1938. This Academy Award was only the second award presented for a Performance in a Supporting Role, and it is a rare early design used for awards in that category.
Joseph Schildkraut was awarded the Oscar for his performance as Captain Alfred Dreyfus in William Dieterle's The Life of Emile Zola. The film also won that year's Best Picture and Best Screenplay awards. Schildkraut later starred in such legendary films such as Marie Antoinette, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask. However, he is best remembered for his 1959 role as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.
Schildkraut's 1937 Academy Award represents not only the second issued Best Supporting Actor award in Oscar history but also the second Oscar awarded to a Jewish actor. The first was Paul Muni, the Best Actor of 1936, who would be nominated again the following year for his role of the title character in The Life of Emile Zola, alongside Joseph Schildkraut. Won in advance of his authoritative role as Otto Frank in 1959, Schildkraut's 1937 Oscar is an important moment in Jewish film history.
Early Oscars are rare at auction, especially in major categories. The 1937 Best Supporting Actress Oscar, re-issued to Alice Brady after a stranger walked off with the original award in her absence during the ceremony, was sold in 2008.