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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
  • Concept: 
  • 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 91st ACADEMY AWARDS were broadcast live by ABC on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Exclusive red carpet coverage begins at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT, followed by the awards ceremony at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Hudson, Bette Midler, Queen & Adam Lambert, Welch & Rawlings are set to perform. The event has no host, but 11 celebrities -- Chef Jose Andres, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand and Serena Williams -- introduce the eight Best Picture nominees, which include: CBLACK PANTHER, BLACKkKLANSMAN, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, THE FAVOURITE, GREEN BOOK, ROMA, A STAR IS BORN, and VICE. Additional celebrity presenters include: Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd, Michelle Yeoh, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu.



  • 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!

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

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