Since Jannings was returning to Germany on April 27 - before the banquet was to be held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel - he asked the Academy if he could receive his gold statuette early. The fledgling organization agreed, making his the very first Academy Award ever presented. 

Since Jannings was returning to Germany on April 27 - before the banquet was to be held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel - he asked the Academy if he could receive his gold statuette early. The fledgling organization agreed, making his the very first Academy Award ever presented.