25 Facts About Academy Awards


Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit for the American film industry.

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Academy Awards are regarded by many as the most prestigious, significant awards in the film industry in the United States.

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The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953.

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In 1940, the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began; as a result, the following year the Academy Awards started using a sealed envelope to reveal the names of the winners.

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Much of its early history, the Academy Awards did not enjoy the luxury of a permanent home open to the public in California.

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Academy Awards had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier; this made him the first Academy Award winner in history.

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From 1973 to 2020, all Academy Awards ceremonies have ended with the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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In 2016, the Academy Awards returned to bronze as the core metal of the statuettes, handing manufacturing duties to Walden, New York-based Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry.

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Academy Awards officially adopted the name "Oscar" for the trophies in 1939.

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Until 2010, winners returned their statuettes to the Academy Awards and had to wait several weeks to have their names inscribed on their respective Oscars.

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Academy Awards predating this agreement have been sold in public auctions and private deals for six-figure sums.

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The Academy Awards earned enforcement of its statuette contract by gaining a permanent injunction against the sale.

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Academy Awards membership is divided into different branches, with each representing a different discipline in film production.

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In May 2011, the Academy Awards sent a letter advising its 6, 000 or so voting members that an online system for Oscar voting would be implemented in 2013.

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Since the 90th Academy Awards, presented in 2018, multi-part and limited series have been ineligible for the Best Documentary Feature award.

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In 2021, for the 2022 Oscars, the Academy Awards banned all physical screeners and in-person screenings, restricting official membership viewing to the Academy Awards Screening Room.

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Academy Awards is the world's longest-running awards show televised live from the U S to all-time zones in North America and worldwide, and gathers billions of viewers elsewhere throughout the world.

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The Academy Awards has produced condensed versions of the ceremony for broadcast in international markets in more desirable local timeslots.

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In 2010, the Academy contemplated moving the ceremony even further back into January, citing TV viewers' fatigue with the film industry's long awards season.

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Originally scheduled for April 8, 1968, the 40th Academy Awards ceremony was postponed for two days, because of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented at a banquet dinner at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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Special Academy Awards are voted on by special committees, rather than by the Academy membership as a whole.

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William Friedkin, an Academy Awards Award-winning film director and former producer of the ceremony, expressed this sentiment at a conference in New York in 2009, describing it as "the greatest promotion scheme that any industry ever devised for itself.

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Academy Awards have long received criticism over its lack of diversity among the nominees.

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Some winners critical of the Academy Awards have boycotted the ceremonies and refused to accept their Oscars.

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