Pete Smith was a producer and narrator of short comedies that amused film audiences for a generation.
The wry-voiced former press agent began producing "Pete Smith Specialties" for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer in 1935 and put out 10 to 18 annually over the next 20 years.The subjects of these one-reelers varied widely, including the animal world and the latest technologies. His comedies earned him Oscars in 1937 and 1940, and he received an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1953.
Born in New York in 1892, he broke into show business as an aide in a vaudeville performers union. Later, he became a trade magazine editor, critic and press agent.
|1932||Best Short Subject - Novelty||Menu||Nomination|
|1934||Best Short Subject - Novelty||Strikes and Spares||Nomination|
|1935||Best Short Subject - Novelty||Audioscopiks||Nomination|
|1936||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Wanted, a Master||Nomination|
|1937||Best Short Subject - Color||Penny Wisdom||Win|
|1937||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Romance of Radium||Nomination|
|1940||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Quicker 'N a Wink||Win|
|1941||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Army Champions||Nomination|
|1942||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Marines in the Making||Nomination|
|1943||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Seeing Hands||Nomination|
|1944||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Movie Pests||Nomination|
|1946||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Sure Cures||Nomination|
|1947||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Now You See It||Nomination|
|1948||Best Short Subject - One Reel||You Can't Win||Nomination|
|1949||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Water Trix||Nomination|
|1950||Best Short Subject - One Reel||Wrong Way Butch||Nomination|