Hollywood....And the Winner Is
The notion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, wanted to create an organization that would mediate labor disputes and improve the industry’s image.
So, on a Sunday evening, Mayer and three other studio big-wigs - actor Conrad Negal, director Fred Niblo, and the head of the Association of Motion Picture Producers, Fred Beetson - sat down and discussed these matters. The idea of this elite club having an annual banquet was tossed around, but there was no mention of awards just yet. They also established that membership into the organization would only be open to people involved in one of the five branches of the industry: actors, directors, writers, technicians, and producers.
This is the most glamorous night of the year and fans from all over the world are watching this event and hoping for their favorite movie or actor/actress to win or how the host will do. And after it is over, Celebrities and networks will be talking about who won,, the ones who should have won, what dress or tux they wore (designer) and the best and worst dressed actors/actresses.
Here are some fun facts:
1. 1st Academy Awards Ceremony- May 16, 1929, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show.
2. Bob Hope hosted more than any other celebrity.
3. The 'Oscar' award weighs 8 1/2 pounds and is 13 1/2 " tall.
4. Janet Gaynor was the 1st to win "Best Actress in a Leading Role".
5. Wings was the 1st movie to win "Outstanding Picture".
6. The first decade of Academy Awards, there were no sealed envelopes and the members were told 3 months in advance. Newspapers were given the names the day of with the understanding that they didn't print them until the following day.
7. Feb 29, 1940, the LA Times jumped the gun and printed the big winner for the year "Gone with the Wind" so most who attended the event already had heard the winners. After that big snafu, sealed envelopes became a part of the ceremony.
8. March 2, 1944 the Awards ceremony was moved the the Graumans Chinese Theatre and many nominees such as William Holden attended in uniform. WWII Active duty men and women were allowed to attend as they had extra seating set aside. "Casablanca" was the big winner that year.
9. Bob Hope, David Niven, Tony Randall, Mort Sahl, Laurence Olivier and Jerry Lewis were the hosts for the 31st Academy Awards on April 6, 1959, at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. The televised ceremony ran 20 minutes short so Jerry Lewis who was the last host, brought all the other hosts out and told jokes, led the orchestra in a song winner "Gigi" and then everyone paired up with female partners and started dancing until the ceremony was over and people started leaving.
10. The first ceremony, May 16, 1929, the black tie dinner charged $5 for a meal ticket. Menu was as follows: filet of sole saute au beurre, half broiled chicken on toast, new string beans, long branch potatoes and consomme Celestine.
Enjoy the Oscars tonight and may your favorite movie or movie star win! Who is your favorite?
AND THE WINNER IS......................