First Oscar Night
By: Digitization Depot
Published: 11/20/2009
Uploaded: 11/20/2009
Uploaded by: Pocket Master
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Academy Awards, Motion Picture Arts and Scienc, movie, Oscars

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Description/Abstract: First Oscar Night, Thursday, 10/29


"The Envelope, Please." These familiar words echo in the hearts and minds of movie lovers and all those connected to film. The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, actresses, directors, writers, producers, and technicians. The Oscar statuette (reputably named by Bette Davis after her husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson, band leader) depicts an Art-Deco knight brandishing a sword as he stands upon a reel of film with five spokes symbolizing the several kinds of recipient.

The first Academy Awards were held on May 16, 1929, hosted by Douglas Fairbanks, actor, and William C. deMille, director. The first televised ceremony in black and white took place in 1953; in 1966 came color broadcast. In the last decade the Oscars were shown in more than 100 countries.

The next Oscar Night is expected to air around the 7th of March 2010. Thinking ahead to the lavish star-studded ceremony, the Gottesman Libraries will display headlines portraying the annual celebration.