The Academy Awards

Posted by Steph Kaye on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 4:45pm.

The Oscar Goes To

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will bring downtown Los Angeles to a standstill tonight, as hundreds of limousines carry some of the most famous stars on the planet to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Every spring, the movie industry gets ready for its biggest celebration: the Academy Awards, more commonly known as the Oscars. There is extensive press coverage, even down to the arrival of the stars; flash bulbs and microphones are every where as the nominees and other famous, guests make their way down the "red carpet," surrounded by cheering onlookers.  For the film industry, the Academy Awards is the most celebrated and most significant night of the year: all film stars long for the recognition of being nominated to win the mighty golden statuette.

Unlike today's globally televised event, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye. It started out in 1929, as a Academy Banquet at the Hollywood Rossevelt Hotel. Two hundred and seventy people attended the  dinner in the hotel's Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5. And there was no suspense when the awards were handed out that night, because the winners had already been announced three months earlier.

That all changed the following year, when the Academy kept the results secret until the ceremony but gave a list in advance to newspapers for publication at 11 p.m. on the night of the Awards. Then in 1940 when, much to the Academy's surprise, the Los Angeles Times published the names of the winners in its evening edition.  After that the Academy in 1941 began the sealed envelope system still in use today.

As the event grew in size, banquets became too difficult and the event moved from banquet room to a theater venue beginning with the 16th Oscar ceremony in 1942. It was held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Since 2001, the Oscar ceremony has been held in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, just steps from the historic Chinese Theatre.

The first televised Oscar ceremony was in 1953 which then allowed millions throughout the United States and Canada to watch the Oscars. Broadcasting in color began in 1966, letting home viewers fully experience the dazzling allure of the event. Since 1969, the Oscar show has been broadcast internationally, now reaching movie fans in over 200 countries. 

 airing LIVE Oscar Sunday Mar 2 7e|4p on ABC.

The films that will be most recognized and awarded tonight are:
 American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club 
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

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