The Academy Awards

Posted by on Aug-14-2010

The Academy Awards are accolades by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. It is the most prominent award ceremonies in the world. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media, and its equivalents, the Grammy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself was conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer. Although there are seven other types of awards presented by the Academy the best-known one is the Academy Award of Merit, popularly known as the Oscar statue. It is made of gold plated britannium on a black metal base depicting a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes.

The first Academy Award was held on May 16, 1929, which was hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. de Mille. The first awards were presented at a private brunch at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 26 people. Winners had been announced three months earlier of their triumph for the first Academy Award. This system of declaring the winner was changed for the second Academy Award and the results were given to newspapers for publication at 11pm on the Academy Award night, which was then followed for more than a decade. Later it was modified and a sealed envelope was used to reveal the name of the winners since 1941.

The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performance in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. The honored professionals were awarded for all the work done in a certain category for the qualifying period. . Since the fourth ceremony, the system changed, and the professionals were honored for a specific performance in a single film. As of the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony held in 2010, 2,789 Oscars have been given for 1,825 categories. Till date, 302 actors have won Oscars in competitive acting categories or been awarded Honorary or Juvenile Awards.

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