The third Academy Awards ceremony was the second of 1930, done so to get the Academy aligned with the calender year. Awards were given away for eight categories, including a brand new category for sound production.
Thomas A. Edison was presented an honorary Academy membership and gave a post-dinner talk. George Eastman was also presented an honorary membership.
For the third and last time, the statuettes are made of bronze castings with 24k gold plating. Later statuettes are all made of britannium.
Sound was finding it's ground at this point, and would eventually lead film into many interesting directions.
I've managed to find many, many more films from these Academy Awards then I did for the 2nd, so hopefully we'll get a good look of the film industry in 1930.
Welcome to the 3rd Academy Awards.