|Date||February 24, 2013|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|TV in the United States|
The Academy Awards are the awards which give recognition to the best work done by the American movie makers. Apart from the Americans, it also encourages other countries movies also. It is the oldest and one of the most prestigious award functions. Every actor wishes to have one of the Academy Awards in their showcase. This award is also known as the Oscar. The very first Academy Awards Show was held way back in 1929. This show cased many breathtaking performances of the American actors. The American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) decide the nominations and winners of the award.
The awards function is a formal function which gathers movie stars and the film fraternity under one roof to witness the most exciting awards show. This show is telecasted live in around 200 countries annually. It is on par with the Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Tony Awards.
In the year 1929 the first ever Academy Function was celebrated. On 16th May, the function was hosted in the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. The year gave away awards to the movies in which were released in 1927 and 1928. The function was attended by 270 people and the party which was organized after the awards show held in Mayfair Hotel. Each ticket to attend the show was $5 per person. The award was statuette was known as Oscar.
Emil Jannings was the first ever actor to win an Academy Award. He received the Academy Award even before the awards function was organized. He was supposed to return to Europe before the Awards function and therefore he was given the Academy Award before the function started making him the first ever to win an Oscar.
In the old editions of Academy Awards, the results of the nominations were released 3 months prior to the function was held. This routine anyhow changed in 1930. For the next decade or so, the names of the winners were given to the newspapers at 11pm of the night of the Oscars. The Los Angeles times took undue advantage of this system and used to publish the name of the winners before the ceremony. This killed the suspense for everyone. The viewers were also against the AMPAS in giving away the names and taking out the excitement factor. Therefore the Academy started using sealed envelopes which were removed at the time of announcing the winner. This practice was started since the 1941 Academy awards.
Most of the people know Academy Awards as the Oscars. Actually both are the same. There is a huge misunderstanding that Oscars and Academy Awards are different. Oscar is the name of the statuette which is given to the winner. The 14 inch, 3.85 kg award is a very carefully designed statuette. This is the most sought after award by most of the actors and directors. Though there are 7 other awards which are given away by the Academy, this award has set its own brand value in the eyes of the contestants. The design of the statuette is that of a knight who holds a crusader’s sword and is standing on a reel of films which has 5 spokes. The importance of the 5 spokes of is they depict the 5 major branches of the Academy. They are – Actors, Writers, Producers, Directors and Technicians. Cedric Gibbons who was originally an Academy member has supervised the design of the statuette. Fernandez who was a Mexican director was introduced to Gibbons by his then wife Dolores del Rio, agreed to stand nude for the making of this statuette. George Stanley was the sculptor who got to work to design this statuette. It is a gold plated statuette which the winner cannot sell after he gets the award. There are many reasons for the statuette to be named as Oscar.
Since 2002 the Academy awards are being celebrated in the Kodak Theater. The 83rd Academy Award is being celebrated on February 27th 2011. Some of the previous venues for the Academy Award function are Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood), Biltmore Hotel (Downtown Los Angeles), The Ambassador Hotel (Hollywood), Grauman’s Chinese Theater (Hollywood), Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles), Academy Awards Theater (Melrose Avenue), Pantages Theater (Hollywood), NBC International Theater (Hollywood), NBC Century Theater (New York), Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (California), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles County) and the latest Kodak Theatre.
|82nd Academy Awards||77th Academy Awards|
|81st Academy Awards||76th Academy Awards|
|80th Academy Awards||75th Academy Awards|
|79th Academy Awards||74th Academy Awards|
|78th Academy Awards||73rd Academy Awards|