Oscar Fever: The 84th Academy Awards Is Tonight

The first awards were celebrated in 1928 at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, read on for more factoids about the annual event.

The Oscars have arrived. 

From its glamorous stars and the red carpet to Billy Crystal’s return as host, the 84th Academy Awards show should be more than entertaining Sunday night with coverage starting at 4 p.m.

But before it was held at the snazzy Hollywood & Highland Center, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, the event had a different vibe. Before there was Brad Pitt and George Clooney there was Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Bacall.

Here are some Oscar factoids you might like to know thanks to Oscars.com:

  • The First Academy Awards were held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel honoring movies released from Aug. 1, 1927 to Aug. 1, 1928.
  • In 1930, Mary Pickford won the title of best actress for Coquette.
  • Also in 1930, Warner Baxter won for best actor for his role In Old Arizona.
  • In 1950, the best picture award went to All The King’s Men.
  • In 1970, John Wayne won the best actor award for True Grit.
  • In 1983, the best picture award went to Ghandi.
  • On March 26, 2000, the 72nd Academy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center.
  • In 2002, the 74th Academy Awards moved to its new venue at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
  • The AMPAS was the brainchild of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer. It was professional honorary organization formed to help improve the film industry’s image and help keep labor disputes in check.
  • The Oscar statuette has a real name, the "Academy Award of Merit" and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. 
  • The statuette is not gold, but gold-plated britannium and is on a black metal base. It measures 13.5 inches tall, weighs 8.5 pounds and resembles a knight in Art Deco style. He holds a crusader's sword and is standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes each represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians, according to  "Oscar Statuette: Legacy"
  • The first animated film (cartoon or short subject) that won was in 1932 and called Flowers and Trees  from Walt Disney ProductionsUnited Artists-Walt Disney, according to Wikipedia. 


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