On 14 December 2002 Steven Spielberg anonymously bought Davis' Oscar at a Sotheby's auction in New York to return it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The statuette was among the memorabilia sold by the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, which has emerged from bankruptcy protection.
For "Lullaby of Broadway" and "The Words Are in My Heart".
For his distinguished creative achievements as director and producer and his invaluable initiative and lasting contributions to the progress of the motion picture arts.
For the development of anti-directional negative and positive development by means of jet turbulation, and the application of the method to all negative and print processing of the entire product of a major producing company.
William A. Mueller(Warner Bros.-First National Studio Sound Dept.)
For his method of dubbing, in which the level of the dialogue automatically controls the level of the accompanying music and sound effects.
For their development of the "Solarspot" spot lamps.
Douglas Shearer(M-G-M SSD)
For their automatic control system for cameras and sound recording machines and auxiliary stage equipment.
For their study and development of equipment to analyze and measure flutter resulting from the travel of the film through the mechanisms used in the recording and reproduction of sound.
For the design and construction of the Paramount transparency air turbine developing machine.
内森·莱文森 Nathan Levinson(director of Sound Recording for Warner Bros.-First National Studio)
For the method of intercutting variable density and variable area sound tracks to secure an increase in the effective volume range of sound recorded for motion pictures.