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Moving Pictures: The Valentino Medal

The Exhibitors Trade Review (1925:18)As reported in the January 1925 edition of Moving Picture World, Rudolph Valentino would present “a handsome gold medal to the motion picture actor or actress who gives the best performance of the year”, with the winner to be decided by critics of leading newspapers and magazines. Valentino’s stated purpose was to “evoke more general interest in the art of screen acting and to bestow public honor on the actor or actress who has contributed the most notable characterization for the year.” In August of the year, the recipient of the Valentino Medal for Screen Excellence was John Barrymore who received 15 votes, and was rewarded for his acting performance in the Warner Brother’s production of Beau Brummel (1924). Receiving the second most votes was Norma Talmage (with nine votes), for her role in Secrets (1924), followed by Lon Chaney (with six votes) for He Who Gets Slapped (1924), Douglas Fairbanks (four votes) for the Thief of Bagdad (1924), and Milton Sills with three votes for The Sea Hawk (1924).

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This entry was posted on 04/06/2016 by in Film History, Silent Film Musings.
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