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Oscar Awards: What is the origin?



The 95th edition of the Oscars arrives this March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (California). The 2023 Oscar nominees hope to get the most precious statuette on the film scene. One of the movies that starts as favorites right now is Everything at once everywhere from directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert has up to eleven nominations.

A gala that has a lot of history and that we will tell you about today in Vozpópuli:

The history of the Oscars

The history of the Hollywood Oscars has gone unnoticed for all these years. At first its stars were not so well known, there was no red carpet or parades where the stars could wear their dresses. It consisted simply of a quiet dinner and the Oscar winners were known in advance, the function of the awards was simply to recognize the work of the actors.

It was in 1929, now 94 years ago, when the first awards ceremony granted by the United States Academy of Arts and Sciences. This first event was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where 15 awards were given to films released between 1927 and 1928.

Janet Gaynor was the only woman to win an Oscar, being awarded for her work in The seventh heaven , The street angel and Sunrise.

In 1930, one more ingredient was added to the gala, the secret of the winning names.. The names were given at the time of the ceremony, although an advance list was leaked to the media for publication, something that did not end in 1940 when the Los Angeles Times published the names of the winners ahead of time. From that moment on, the system of sealed envelopes that has been used to this day was implemented.. The second year only seven awards were handed out and since then the Oscars have grown immeasurably.

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Years later, in 1947, the Academy began to recognize international films, with a special award for the Italian sciuscia Directed by Vittorio de Sica.

In March 1949, the Hollywood Oscars were presented at the Academy’s own theater on Melrose Avenue. For the next decade they took place at RKO Studios’ Pantages Theater in Hollywood. It was there, on March 19, 1959, from where the ceremony was televised for the first time on NBC. But it was not until 1966 when the broadcast on television began to be in color.

The Oscars have become an annual tradition for movie lovers. It has only been interrupted three times until the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first in 1938 after floods in Los Angeles that delayed the ceremony for a week. Later in 1968 when it had to be delayed two days out of respect for Martin Luther King, whose funeral took place the day after the awards. And the last one, in 1981, when they were delayed for 24 hours due to the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan. In 2021, the Oscars gala underwent changes and finally had to be delayed due to the threat of the Omicron variant in the United States.

Why are they called the Oscars?

According to legend, Academy Librarian and Executive Director Margaret Herrick remarked when she first saw the statuette that it “looked like her Uncle Oscar.” What at first seemed like a simple anecdote, she ended up naming this statuette.

Since the initial awards banquet held on May 16, 1929, in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, more than 3,000 statuettes have been delivered.

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This year we will be able to enjoy the 95th edition of the Oscars by well-known presenters