For many, the enjoyment of watching the glitz and glamour of celebrities are a highlight to the Oscars. It is a world filled of fantasy and illusion with dreamy Hollywood at its best. We live vicariously through these events, watching beautiful creations of runway dresses, elaborate jewels and stylish shoes. Seeing ‘who is with who’ and over the years, watching and growing old with our favorites.
To gather together for the evening and vote on the best dressed, best speech, best film, best actor…. has been popular throughout the decades and has become a yearly tradition. Parties and events centered around the Oscars are enjoyed with plates of appetizers, voting games and glamorous dresses. For movie buffs, we all try to watch the list of nominees weeks in advance before the ceremonies take place to give our opinion and vote.
Eden Passante with Sugar and Charm has created a beautiful Oscar Ballot voting card for the 2015 nominees to enjoy your evening with the stars.
The History of the Oscar Awards
Back into the history of the Oscars, we see that the awards were the brainchild of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), formed in 1927. The formation of the academy was a collaborative effort of 36 most prominent individuals of the motion picture industry.
The first Academy Awards presentation was held on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. The cost of guest tickets for that night’s ceremony was $5 ($69 as of 2015). Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the film-making industry of the time for their works during the 1927–28 period; the ceremony ran for 15 minutes.
Since its origin, the Oscar ceremony has been publicly broadcasted. Till 1953, radio broadcast used to take place and thereafter, the ceremony was broadcast on TV. During the first decade, the results of the award ceremony were given to newspapers for publication at 11 p.m., at the night of the awards. However, the system was ruined by Los Angeles Times, when it announced the winners even before beginning of the ceremony. It was since then only that a sealed envelope is used to reveal the name of the winners.
The first Oscar ceremony comprised of 12 categories, apart from two special honors. The awards were meant to honor people responsible for cinematic achievements in 1927 and 1928. There was a very little element of surprise at the first Oscar Awards ceremony, as the names of the winners had been declared three months in advance. The entire affair was an elongated one, filled with speeches. However, Douglas Fairbanks, the Academy President, made the work of handing out the statuettes to the winners pretty quick.