If Hollywood is really the movie capital of the world, then Oscar night is the world's greatest wrap party. Each winter, the glitterati of the film world gather in Los Angeles to celebrate the great films and great performances of the past year. Of course, most people are familiar with the evening's glamorous fashions and long-winded acceptance speeches, but there is a long history to the Academy Awards that raises many questions.
Experience the history of the Academy Awards with every ceremony from the first presentation in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to the 84th show held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Visit each year above for video highlights, photos, fun facts and much more for the full Oscar Legacy.
Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast in February, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking.
1st Academy Awards Date: May 16, 1929 Location: Blossom Room, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, down the street from today's venue, the Kodak Theatre In attendance: 270 people Guest ticket price: $5 Academy President Douglas Fairbanks handed out the statuettes 15 statuettes were awarded for cinematic achievements in 1927 and 1928 First Best Actor winner: German tragedian Emil Jannings. He returned to Europe before the ceremony and requested to receive the trophy early, making his statuette the very first Academy Award ever presented
84th winners Best Picture "The Artist," Thomas Langmann, Producer "The Descendants," Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," Scott Rudin, Producer "The Help," Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers "Hugo," Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers "Midnight in Paris," Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers "Moneyball," Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers "The Tree of Life," Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers "War Horse," Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
The Academys Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures. Each years honorees are celebrated at a formal dinner held two weeks prior to the Oscar ceremony. The Sci- Tech Awards presentation has become a highlight of the Academy Awards season.
Today, as the industry is transformed by a digital technology tsunami, the Academy continues its role of supporting and recognizing technical innovation.