Claudette Colbert won the award for It Happened One Night but the uproar led to a change in Academy voting procedures the following year whereby nominations were determined by votes from all eligible members of a particular branch rather than by a smaller committee with results independently tabulated by the accounting firm Price Waterhouse. " The New York Times hailed her as "becoming one of the most interesting of our screen actresses". Eventually Davis brought her case to court in Britain hoping to get out of her contract with Warner Bros.
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