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Oscar — the main film award in the USA

Academy Awards are the most prestigious and coveted awards in cinema. These highly regarded awards are also known as the Oscars. Outstanding film professionals: directors, screenwriters, actors, designers, composers and many others are awarded in this annual event, revered by all the film industries of the world.

The modern Oscar is a dazzling event where on the red carpet stars show off their expensive outfits and photographers scurry around. It is interesting to note that this splendor and glamor contrast sharply with the original ceremonies, which were more or less aloof from the public eye.

Photo Oscar Award Figurines — History, Ceremony, Winners — American Butler

History of Academy Awards

Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with Oscar — American ButlerThe Oscars are inextricably linked to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), established in 1927. The combined efforts of 36 prominent figures in the film industry led to the creation of this academy.

It was decided that talented representatives of the film industry would be awarded annually. The very first ceremony was organized on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel among a limited audience of 270 people. The awards were presented at the banquet, which was organized in the hall "Blossom". The event included lengthy speeches that were hardly surprising since the names of the winners were announced three months before the awards.

In honor of the cinematic achievements of 1927 and 1928, the first Oscar in the category "Best Actor" was awarded to Emil Yannings. The best female role went to Janet Gaynor. The ceremony remained low-key compared to the wide media coverage and brilliance associated with the modern Oscars.

The ceremony was broadcast live from its inception, until 1953 - on the radio, and after that - on television every year. In 1966, the Oscar was first broadcast in color.

Initially, the names of the winners were given to newspapers before the ceremony. The tradition of publishing the results on camera at the award was not accepted until 1941. Since then, the results are carefully guarded and stored in a sealed envelope.

The awards also overcome some barriers. Actress Hattie McDaniel received the first Oscar, which was awarded to a black actor for her supporting role in Gone With the Wind, which received a record 13 nominations and 8 victories.

Academy Awards or Oscars in the USA — photo of the main Oscar figurine — American Butler

Most Important Oscars

2019 Academy Award Winners — American ButlerWe decided to make a list of five key points when the Academy's awards really went down in history - overcoming social inequality and recognizing genuine talent that was previously avoided.

  • When Katherine Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director Award at the Oscars in 2010. Katherine Bigelow literally went down in history, becoming the first woman in the world to receive the coveted award for the best director of the military thriller "The Lord of the Storm" about the bomb disposal team.
  • Marlon Brando declined an award for Best Actor in The Godfather in 1973. He not only boycotted the ceremony, but also sent actress Sashin Littlefeather to his place. She dismissed Oscar and read out a letter saying that Brando could not accept this very generous award because of the stereotypical showing of the American Indians by the film industry.
  • Charlie Chaplin received his 12-minute standing ovation at the Oscars in 1972. Chaplin is a worldwide icon and a pioneer in the field of silent comedy, but after he was called a communist, he was not allowed to return to the United States for 20 years. Thus, his honorary Oscar was important not only because Hollywood finally realized his great contribution to the industry, but also because his presence at the award ceremony marked his first return to the United States. He received 12-minute applause from the audience, which is still the longest standing ovation in Oscar history.
  • Halle Berry became the first black woman to receive the prestigious Award for Best Actress in the Monster's Ball in 2002. She was so full of tears that she could not speak for a minute.
  • The night became even more special when another African-American actor, Denzel Washington, also took home the Best Actor Award for Training Day.
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