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Academy Awards

Academy Awards

Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    March 19, 1953
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annually recognized outstanding performances by professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The first ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony was a May 16, 1929 banquet at the Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Room with 270 attendees. Recipients were announced three months earlier for the inaugural event; the next year the Academy kept the results secret but gave an advance list to newspapers for publication at 11pm. This process continued until 1940 when the "Los Angeles Times" published the winners in its evening edition, making them readily available to arriving guests. That prompted the sealed-envelope system in use today. By the second year, a Los Angeles radio station produced a live broadcast, and the ACADEMY AWARDS were first televised in 1953 by NBC, enabling millions throughout the United States and Canada to watch the proceedings. Broadcast in black and white through the 1950s and early 1960s, the ACADEMY AWARDS were telecast in color for the first time in 1966, and expanded internationally in 1969. During its history, the ACADEMY AWARDS were postponed twice: for 24 hours in 1981, because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan; and for two days in 1968, out of respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated a few days earlier.
The 93rd ACADEMY AWARDS were broadcast live by ABC from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from Union Station in Los Angeles, Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and international locations via satellite. Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sanden and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety. For the third straight year, there is no formal host.

The night opens at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on ABC with "Oscars: Into the Spotlight," hosted by actors Ariana DeBose and Lil Rel Howery. The 90-minute program highlights the nominees' journey to Hollywood's biggest night, gives fans around the world the ultimate insiders' sneak peek to the party and, for the first time, brings Oscar music to the festivities. The show features a special appearance by DJ Tara.

At 8pm PT (live)/11:35pm ET (delayed), the celebration continues live on ABC with "Oscars: After Dark," hosted by actors Colman Domingo and Andrew Rannells. The one-hour program features interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell. The special recaps the evening's must-see moments and showcases Oscar winners as they have their statuettes personalized.



  • Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (1929) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • The Ambassador Hotel (1930, 1932, 1934, 1940, 1943) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Biltmore Hotel (1931, 1935-1939, 1941, 1942) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre (1944-1946) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Shrine Auditorium (1947, 1948, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • The Academy Theater (1949) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Pantages Theater (1950-1960) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (1961-1968) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (1969-1987, 1990-1994, 1996, 1999) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Dolby Theatre / Kodak Theatre (2002-Present) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Union Station (2021) - Los Angeles, California USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • March 19, 1953: First time Academy Awards are televised.
  • February 12, 1955: First time Academy Award nominations are televised.