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The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar". The sculpture was created by George Stanley. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by AMPAS.
The awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries and can be streamed live online. The Academy Awards ceremony is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony. Its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best films of 2017, was held on 4 March 2018, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and was broadcast on ABC. A total of 3,072 Oscars have been awarded from the inception of the award through the 90th.
Jane Fonda (born 1937) is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness advocate. She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou and, excluding a 15 year hiatus, has appeared in films ever since. She has won two Academy Awards and received several other awards and nominations. She announced her retirement from acting in 1991, but returned to film in 2005 with Monster in Law, and later Georgia Rule, released in 2007. She also produced and starred in several exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995. Fonda has been an activist for many political causes, one of the most notable and controversial of which was her opposition to the Vietnam War. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women. She describes herself as a liberal and a feminist. (more...)
Did you know...
- The oldest actor ever to win an Oscar: Christopher Plummer (age 82) for Beginners.
- Walt Disney holds the record for having the most Academy Awards: 22 won, and 4 honorary. He also holds the record for the most nominations, having been nominated for 59 Academy Awards during his lifetime.
- The first movie to win a best picture award was the 1927 film Wings.
- The 1st Academy Awards tickets were $10, and fewer than 250 people attended the ceremony.
- Only two persons have ever been awarded both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize: George Bernard Shaw (Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925) and Bob Dylan (Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys in 2000, Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016). However, Nobel laureate John Steinbeck was nominated for his screenplay for Lifeboat (1944), and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter was nominated for his screenplays for both The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) and Betrayal (1983).
- With 51 Oscar nominations, film composer John Williams is currently the most-nominated living member of the Motion Picture Academy.
- Sound re-recording mixer Kevin O'Connell currently holds the record for most Oscar nominations without a win at 20. His most recent nomination was for Transformers (2007). He finally won an Oscar in 2017 for 'Hacksaw Ridge.
- For the Best Director Award, John Ford holds the record for the most awards (four awards resulting from five nominations), while William Wyler holds the record for the most nominations (12 nominations resulting in three awards).
- Only six directors have won Oscars for their screen debuts : Delbert Mann, Jerome Robbins, Robert Redford, James L. Brooks, Kevin Costner, and Sam Mendes.
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