Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gathers to recognise and reward the best films and actors from the past year at the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.
You would have a hard time finding anyone who didn’t know about the Oscars, but how many of us, apart from the most die-hard movie buffs, know anything about the history of the Academy Awards?
The Oscars: A brief history
The first Oscars were given out in 1929 in Hollywood at the Roosevelt Hotel. Until 1952, the Academy Awards were held in a number of hotels and banquet halls throughout Hollywood, until the 25th Academy Awards in 1953, when on March 19, people could tune into the first televised Oscars ceremony
Since then, the Oscars have been televised annually. A number of the award categories may have changed, gaining categories such as best animated feature in 2001, and retiring short-lived categories like best original musical or comedy score, which only existed from 1995 to 1998, but the Oscars remain largely unchanged. So, if you don’t want to miss out, wherever you are in the world, make sure your TV is working well, and if you need a Worcester TV aerial repair and elsewhere in the region call in a company such as http://steveunettaerials.co.uk/services/tv-aerials-repair-installation-worcester/ to sort out any problems.
Records and controversies
In the nearly 70 years the Oscars have been televised, there have been a number of memorable blunders, as well as some impressive achievements, such as winning all five of the most prestigious awards, best picture, best director, best actor, actress, and screenplay. This has been achieved by three films in the Oscars’ history, including 1991’s Silence of the Lambs.
As for controversies, 2017’s envelope mix up is nothing compared to Marlon Brando sending a Native American activist as a proxy to accept his award, who then refused the award, instead reading a letter from Brando criticising Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans.
Throughout the Oscars’ history, there have been streakers, protests, actors falling flat on their faces, and plenty of memorable films. The Academy Awards are rapidly approaching their 90th year, and the way things are going, they are likely to have 90 more
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