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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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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.
Hosted by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina King, The 94th ACADEMY AWARDS are broadcast live by ABC from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT on Sunday, March 27, 2022 from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. This year's event celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond movie and the 50th anniversary of THE GODFATHER. Luis Fonsi and Becky G join the ENCANTO cast to sing "We Don't Talk About Bruno." Plus, Beyonce, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Reba McEntire and Sebastian Yatra will perform this year's nominated songs:

- "Be Alive" from KING RICHARD (Performed by Beyonce; Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyonce Knowles-Carter)

- "Dos Oruguitas" from ENCANTO (Performed by Sebastian Yatra; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

- "Down To Joy" from BELFAST (Van Morrison unavailable to perform; Music and Lyric by Van Morrison)

- "No Time To Die" from NO TIME TO DIE (Performed by Billie Eilish and FINNEAS; Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell)

- "Somehow You Do" from FOUR GOOD DAYS (Performed by Reba McEntire; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren)

Scheduled presenters include: Halle Bailey, Stephanie Beatriz, Josh Brolin, Ruth E. Carter, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kevin Costner, Jamie Lee Curtis, DJ Khaled, Jacob Elordi, Jennifer Garner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tiffany Haddish, Woody Harrelson, Tony Hawk, H.E.R., Anthony Hopkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Lily James, Daniel Kaluuya, Zoe Kravitz, Mila Kunis, Lady Gaga, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Shawn Mendes, Jason Momoa, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Elliot Page, Rosie Perez, Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Scott, Naomi Scott, J.K. Simmons, Kelly Slater, Wesley Snipes, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Shaun White, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Yuh-Jung Youn, and Rachel Zegler.

Pre-Show (6:30-8pm ET/3:30-5pm PT on ABC): Hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, Terrence J and Brandon Maxwell, "The Oscars Red Carpet Show" airs live from 6:30-8pm ET/3:30-5pm PT on ABC. This 90-minute special is the official lead-in to the 94th OSCARS, and will highlight nominees, performers and presenters, while also giving fans the ultimate insiders' sneak peek at Hollywood's biggest night.

Early Pre-Show (1-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT on ABC): Hosted by Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, "On The Red Carpet Live! Countdown to the Oscars" airs live from 1-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT on ABC. The program also streams live on ABC News Live from 1:30-4:30pm ET/10:30am-1:30pm PT. It will feature special interviews with Oscars hosts and nominees, including Billie Eilish and Finneas, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Chastain and Questlove; award winner predictions; highlights of the nominees' past performances; a look at whether special effects are the key to Oscars success and more. Robach and Holmes are accompanied by Chris Connelly and Kelley Carter, as well as Will Ganss, Variety's Elizabeth Wagmeister and Clayton Davis, and celebrity stylist Joe Zee.



  • 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.