The Oscars’ Time Machine

“No matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. Fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up.”

—Marketa Irglova, Best Original Song, Once

Hello everyone, Good morning, or Good evening, Good afternoon wherever you’re in the world; Hello all; How are you? How’s life? Did you miss me? I already miss you. ❤ 😀

Come with me on a trip to one of the favorite awards in the whole words; I’ll take you to past throwback to the story, to the moments and the memories that made it the best ever; let’s have our coffee or any drink you prefer and if you like, have some popcorn or maybe chocolate 😀 don’t forget to play your favorite movies soundtracks’ list, and without any further ado let’s go back to the future; oops; I mean the past 😉 😀

once upon a time, there was a dinner in 1927, there when the dream began; when the idea came on the table while talking at the dinner; sometimes food gives you perfect ideas 😉 😀 M-G-M studio chief Louis B. Mayer and his guests talked about creating an organized group to benefit the film industry.

A week later; the invitations went to 36 invitees from all creative branches in the Ambassador hotel to hear a proposal to found the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; soon after that “Douglas Fairbanks” elected as president.

In 1929, the first Academy Awards was on May 16; at a private dinner function in “The Hollywood Rosvolt Hotel” with 270 attendees.

The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for that night’s ceremony was $5 ($75 at 2020 prices). Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors, and other participants in the film-making industry of the time, for their works during the 1927–28 period. The ceremony ran for 15 minutes.

In 1930, The Academy rent a suite of offices at 7046 Hollywood Boulevard to give more space for the increased staff. 

In 1934, A new Academy publication, the Screen Achievement Records Bulletin, debuted when the Writers Branch began publishing a bulletin of screen authorship records. It listed film production titles and complete credits for directors and writers.

In 1935; Film editing, Music scoring, and song categories were added for the first time to the Academy Awards.

Walter and Gale at the ceremony

In 1937, The first Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress Academy Awards are presented for performances in films of 1936. The honors went to Walter Brennan for “Come and Get it” and Gale Sondergaard for “Anthony Adverse.”

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award was presented for the first time at the ceremony held in 1938. The honor went to Darryl F. Zanuck.

In 1939, Fred Sersen and E. H. Hansen of 20th Century Fox were the first winners of the Academy Award for Special Effects. They were honored for their work in the film “The Rains Came.”

In 1941, the documentary category appeared for the 1st time.

In 1946, The Academy purchased the Marquis Theater building at 9038 Melrose Avenue as its new headquarters.

In 1947, the first Academy awards for a foreign language movie and went to “Shoe-Shine” and Italian movie.

Shoeshine (1946) by Vittorio De Sica

In 1949, Costume Design was added to the Oscar voting ballots in black-and-white and color categories, with the first statuettes awarded to “Hamlet” and “Joan of Arc.”

In 1953, the first televised Oscar ceremony, and enabled millions in the USA and Canada to watch it.

In 1964, The Special Effects category was divided into Sound Effects and Special Visual Effects.

In 1966, for the first time, the Oscars were telecast in colors.

Academy President from 1967–1970

Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck

In 1968, The Oscar ceremony was postponed from April 8 to April 10 out of respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated a few days earlier, and whose funeral was held on April 9.

In 1969, the Oscars were broadcast worldwide, the show reached movies fans all over the world.

In 1972, The Academy began the National Film Information Service to offer access to library materials for historians, students, and others outside Los Angeles.

In 1981, the Awards were once again postponed, this time for 24 hours because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

In 1982, Makeup became an annual category, with Rick Baker winning for his work on “An American Werewolf in London.” The Gordon E. Sawyer Award, recognizing technological contributions to the industry, was established.

In 1986, the first Academy Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting were awarded.

In 2000, the New Era; after the Film Festival Grants Program began the previous year, the Academy Film Scholars Program was launched with two $25,000 grants awarded annually to support the creation of new works of film scholarship by established scholars, writers, historians, and researchers.

In 2002, The Animated Feature Film Award was established, with “Shrek” winning for films released in 2001. The ceremony took place at the new Kodak Theatre, built with input from the Academy. The Oscars are still held at the same location, now known as the Dolby Theatre.

In 2012, the dream fulfilled, The Academy announced plans for a museum devoted to motion pictures.

Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette)

the Academy Award of Merit, more popularly known as the Oscar statuette. Made of gold-plated bronze on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in (34.3 cm) tall, weighs 8.5 lb (3.856 kg), and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.

The best Picture, actors, actress, screenwriters, and directors won the Oscars:

Gone with the wind; one of my favorite movies, it won the best picture, the best supporting actress, the amazing “Hattie McDaniel”; also won the best cinematography “Ernest Haller”, and “Victor Fleming”, Best Directing winner for Gone with the Wind.

Best actress “Vivian Leigh”. Best Screenplay “Sidney Howard”. Best Art Direction “Lyle Wheeler”. Best Film Editing “Hal C. Kern”, and “James E. Newcom”

Casablanca won the best motion picture “Warner bros.”, the best screenplay “Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch”, and the best director “Michael Curtiz”.

The wizard of Oz, this movie I can’t get enough of watching it ❤ won Best Music, Original Score Herbert Stothart, Best Music, Original Song “Over the Rainbow”, Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, and Academy Juvenile Award, Judy Garland For her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year. (She was jointly awarded for her performances in Babes in Arms and The Wizard of Oz).

On the waterfront won Best Motion Picture Sam Spiegel, Best Director Elia Kazan, Best Actor Marlon Brando, Best Supporting Actress Eva Marie Saint,
Best Story and Screenplay Budd Schulberg,
Best Art Direction – Black-and-White Richard Day,
Best Cinematography – Black-and-White Boris Kaufman, and Best Film Editing Gene Milford.

My Fair Lady won Best Picture Jack L. Warner
Best Director George Cukor
Best Actor Rex Harrison
Best Art Direction – Color Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton, and George James Hopkins
Best Cinematography – Color Harry Stradling
Best Costume Design – Color Cecil Beaton
Best Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment André Previn
Best Sound George R. Groves

The Sound of Music, if you didn’t watch it, you miss a lot ❤ won, best picture and Best Director Robert Wise
Best Film Editing William H. Reynolds
Best Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment Irwin Kostal
Best Sound James Corcoran and Fred Hynes

Out of Africa, that movie I love so much and think it’s one of the best movies inspired by a true story in that era, won the Best Sound, Original Score, Cinematography, Art Direction, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Director for Pollack, and Best Picture.

E.T. another one on my list of favorites won the Best Visual Effects, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Original Score.

Gandhi the movie won the Best Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Screenplay, Actor for Ben Kingsley, Director for Attenborough, and Best Picture.

Rain Man from the best movies ever through the time and another one of my favorites; won Its wins included Best Screenplay, Actor for Dustin Hoffman, Director for Barry Levinson, and Best Picture.

If I can speak about this movie I’ll stay a long time; Braveheart one of the bests in that Era; won Best Makeup, Sound Effects Editing, Cinematography, Director, and Picture.

Forrest Gump; yes, you said it right, another one on my list 😀 ❤ Best Picture Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, and Steve Tisch
Best Director Robert Zemeckis
Best Actor Tom Hanks
Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Adapted Screenplay) Eric Roth
Best Film Editing Arthur Schmidt
Best Visual Effects

The Silence of the Lambs, I remember that I didn’t want to watch that movie or its parts at the beginning, but when I decided to give it another chance oh I loved it and even began to read the books.

The movie won Best Picture, Best Director for Jonathan Demme, Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins, Best Actress for Jodie Foster, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally (having been adapted from Thomas Harris’s novel of the same name).

A lot more movies are amazing like Gladiator, dancing with the wolves, English Patient, Greenbook, and a lot more; oh if I can stay and write about each one of them, but I took the whole day to give you this piece and hope you all have time to read it and enjoy it.

Till the next time love you all, stay safe and be happy, don’t forget to smile always; thanks for supporting me, for having time to read my posts and to pass by or follow; love you all. ❤ ❤ ❤ XO XO


The Sources:

https://www.oscars.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards#:~:text=AMPAS%20first%20presented%20it%20in,the%20first%20time%20in%201953. https://screenrant.com/

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