The first Academy Awards Ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on May 16, 1929. It was hosted by Douglas Fairbanks with 270 people attending the private dinner. The ceremony itself lasted for fifteen minutes, with twelve categories nominated and awarded.
The Academy Awards are officially known as the Oscars since 1939.
The origin of the name “Oscars” is disputed. Some claim it originates with Bette Davis naming the statuette after her first husband, while others claim that the Executive Director of the Academy named it so in 1931 as it resembled to her Uncle Oscar. Walt Disney was the first, at any case, to thank the Academy for his Oscar in 1934.
Three people refused their respective awards over the years. Two you might remember: George C. Scott (for Patton) in 1970 due to not wanting be part of a “meat parade”; and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) in 1972 due to the mistreatment of Native Americans by the film industry. And there was writer Dudley Nichols who refused his Award in 1935 because of conflicts with the Writers’ Guilt.
This 1935 map by Aldrich illustrates the growth of the City of Los Angeles over the years.
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