I would like to deviate away from furnishings for a moment to consider that the Academy Awards are almost antique. Yes, they have been around for 88 years, which is only 12 years shy for officially determining the age of an antique. Now, we all know that a show can’t be an antique, but when you think about it, what show in history has lasted this long and continues to get a burst of viewers from all around the world. Yep, we all tune in to watch the hype, the stars, the interviews, the glamour and of course those gorgeous dresses! Who can resist?
Here is a little bit of history for any of you who are not familiar with the “Oscars”, although I can’t imagine what planet you’ve been living on that you have never about them. So, here goes:
The Academy Awards (or “Oscars“) is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The once a year event is held in recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry as determined by the Academy’s voting membership. If an actor happens to be one of the selected few to win in their category, the lucky winner is presented with a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known affectionately by its nickname “Oscar”.
The awards were first presented on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and attended by an audience of about 270 people. The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel, costing guest tickets $5. There were only fifteen statuettes awarded, honouring artists, directors and other participants in the film-making industry of the time and the ceremony ran 15 minutes. Can you believe that, only 15 minutes! Now, they run almost 3 hours and often go into overtime.
The following year, the award ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953. Today, it’s seen live in more than 200 countries and can stream live online.
Tonight, the 88th Academy Awards ceremony is being held at the Dolby Theater and hosted by Chris Rock. This comedian cracks me up and the opening monologue should be great.
A total of 2,947 Oscars have been awarded since the inception of the award through the 87th, and tonight more statuettes will be given out to celebrated actors to the delight of their adoring fans.
So, as I mentioned at the beginning, the Oscars not only has a long and interesting history, the beauty and glamour that surrounds the Academy Awards makes us keep celebrating their past and come back for more time and again, just like an antique.
Enjoy the show!