I guess I need to watch Min and Bill again.
I remembered it being quite the tearjerker when I first watched it decades ago, but when when I watched it again in the 80s or 90s I thought it contained more slapstick comedy than I recalled.
For the Oscar year 1928-1929 they didn't announce nominations but at the awards ceremony announced other names the judges had considered. For more than 70 years the runners-up to Mary Pickford were recorded as Ruth Chatterton, Betty Compson, Jeanne Eagels and Bessie Love, then out of the blue the Academy added Griffith's name.
I thought she was OK, certainly better than Pickford, though not Chatterton, Eagels or Love but the standout performance for me was Ian Keith as Emma Hart's first lover/seducer, the nephew of Lord Hamilton played by H.B. Warner. With a look here, a gesture there, he makes what could have been a stock character come vibrantly alive.
The film itself is very fluid with great cinematography, editing, art direction and costume design. Lloyd's Oscar was not unearned.