Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Academy Awards

We all enjoy watching the Academy Awards, they are one of the most popular of Hollywoods awards given out. Most of us older folks has been watching for quite a few years. The first of the awards started May 16, 1929, this one was held at a private brunch in the Holloywood Roosevelt Hotel, about 270 people attended and since the first awards, they have been publicly broadcasted, at first on the radio and televised on NBC in 1953 until 1960 when ABC Network took over. In 1976 ABC is under contract to do the duty until 2014.

The results for a few years was given to newspapers for publication at 11 p.m. the night before the awards. This was used until the Los Angeles announced the winners before the ceremony began, since then the Academy has used a sealed envelope. The awards are televised in the USA, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, Canada and the United Kingdom.

They were held in March or April for over sixty years but changed to February in 2004, one reason was the men's basketball Championships would cut into the awards. The Academy Awards are not without criticism. The Oscars are voted on by members of the entertainment industry, thus , important films that have had the most people working on them generally become nominated. Director William Fried kin an Oscar winner said the Academy Awards are "the greatest promotion scheme that any industry ever devised for itself".

I like to watch them for a number of reasons, I like to watch all the women s fashions ,I have to admit some are a bit risky. Some of them are very pretty and probably cost a bundle, the men's suits are just your average Tux. Some of the hair styles are far out but I like most of them. I guess all in all I like the whole fiasco, hope you enjoy watching them.


Linda said...

Yes, Margaret, I too enjoy watching awards shows such as the Academy Awards, the Grammys and the Country Music Awards. Actually, this past year, I enjoyed the CMAs more than any of them, for the performances. The Grammys gets too carried away with music that I don't really like, but I like to stay up on the times for my daughter's sake.

When I watch the Academy Awards, I sometimes make notes of movies that look good but that I haven't seen yet.

I too enjoy seeing the fashions, hair styles, etc. :)

Renie Burghardt said...

Interesting research, Margaret. I always watch the beginning, but usually fall asleep before they end, since I watch it in bed. They're much too long. But the glitz and glamour of the event is usually fun to watch, although I rarely go to the movies these days, and don't know any of the stars.

Have a great rest of the week!



I too am interested in the awards and now you have so wonderfully explained how they come about I will watch them with keener interest,
Thanks for sharing.

Have a lovely day.

A New Beginning said...

:) its a ground to flaunt your style statement for sure !Thanks for a great post!!

Gramma Ann said...

I like to watch the Red Carpet event, when they all come walking in strutting their stuff.

I don't watch much of the actual Oscar show, just the very beginning. After that it gets to boring for me, and this year with them nominating 10 movies, I think I will just tune out, and read about it in the paper the next day. They never choose the movies I like anyway. And it seems if they aren't "R" rated, they don't even get a honorable mention. I don't watch "R" rated movies so again their choices don't interest me.

Nice and interesting post today. I miss the glamour of old Hollywood. And the family movies the whole family could go to and enjoy together. Well, I will jump down off my soapbox now and be on my way. ; )

Patty said...

Good morning Margaret, I don't watch the show like I use to. So many of the actors and actresses I no longer even know. And yes some of the ladies do dress a little risque, and some are downright ugly gowns. LOL Hope you're both keeping warm, snow is trying to shine, but weatherperson claims we're to get some snow sometime today. We'll see. Stay safe.

A.Marie said...

Hi there! Great post today! I hope you are staying warm in this weather...we are supposed to get some snow today and tomorrow, so I'm curious to see how much we'll actually get! :)

Anonymous said...

When television was new, we watched anything that was on. I can't believe it. Sally Flowers, a really fat lady from Columbus, Ohio wore a big hat with a sales tag on it. She sang but not as good as Kate Smith. Anyway, the world stopped on Saturday nights and it wasn't an Academy Award but we thought it was special in black and white on the little round television tube.

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I like watching the Academy Awards for the same reasons you do... I also like to make fun of some of the dresses. I also like to count how many times someone thanks "god"... like he really cares about the career of some money hungry starlet.
Have a great weekend.

Merle said...

Dear Margaret~~ I also like to watch all the Award shows and keep up with who is with who etc and see the dresses and the celebrities.
I am glad you liked the Jasmine story - a very remarkable dog.
I saw the doctor about my feet
swelling and he said it was either my heart or my kidneys or both.He increased one of my prescriptions and sent me for more blood tests.
I see him again next Thursday. So
I hope we can control whatever the problem is. Take care, Margaret,and watch your own swelling - is it happening in the cold weather?
I blame the heat for some of it.
Have a great weekend. Love, Merle.

Anonymous said...

I love watching award shows. ESP. the country music ones. It's always fun to predict who will win. Love your blog!

Judy said...

I had no idea they started as far back as 1929. I love watching them and seeing all the clothes and hair, etc. I do write down some of the movies I have not seen, too.
Great post.

chubskulit said...

Very informative post, now I know when this event started, thanks for the infos Ms. Margaret.

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