I was just looking over a trivia page that mentioned both THE LAST COMMAND and THE WAY OF ALL FLESH were listed as best production nominees in 1927-28 until the academy struck them from the official record in the 1970’s.
I can remember seeing them listed in ancient books I checked out from the library when I first became interested in the oscars back in the 1980’s.
Did a few google searches (not very extensive) but can’t find out why the academy did this. Anybody ever hear why???
The academy has a library. Call the reference desk to find out. They may not give you the REAL reason, though. Remember, Charlie Chaplin had a bunch of nominations that first year, too, and they nixed those because, basically, he was so hated by jealous studios. They’ll never admit it, though. When they got caught, they panicked and offered him an honorary award. He technically did not refuse it, but he didn’t show up to accept it either.