an agent gets his wings. ~Kathy Bates
The Academy Awards is on tonight, and I thought it would be fitting to give a little history. The first awards were presented on May 16, 1929, at a private brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. The post Academy Awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The guest tickets for that night's ceremony cost $10. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the filmmaking industry of the time for their works during the 1927 – 1928 period. Movies had just entered the "talkies."
Winners had been announced three months earlier of their triumphs; however, that was changed in the second ceremony of the Academy Awards in 1930. Since then and during the first decade, the results were given to newspapers for publication at 11 pm on the night of the awards. This method was used until the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began in an early edition, and so since the Academy could not trust the journalists, it has used a sealed envelope to reveal the name of the winners since 1941.Last year Awards created jobs for about 7,000 people and generated more than $130 million in spending. Studios can spend from $2 million to $20 million campaigning for Oscars, including advertising and putting on parties that generate service industry jobs.
According to Nielsen, they were the ninth most watched telecast in 2011 and the only one that was not a post-season NFL game. Last year total ad revenue for the telecast was $74.4 million (revenue in 2008 was the highest ever, at $81.1 million).
This year Billy Crystal will host the Oscars for the ninth time and the first time since 2004. Only Bob Hope has hosted more often, with 19 filmed by the time he finished his last in 1978.
Oscar stands 13.5" tall and weighs 8.5 lbs., and is made of gold-plated britannium with a black metal base.The design is a knight standing on a reel of film with his hands gripping a sword with the five spokes of the reel representing the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.
Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" features Hollywood and is nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture, but Allen does not go to the Oscars. According to reviews, "Midnight in Paris," which charmed critics and audiences alike, also earned Oscar nominations for best director, original screenplay and art direction. The tale of a modern-day Hollywood screenwriter, Gil (Owen Wilson), who travels back to the Paris of the 1920s to mingle with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, is Allen's biggest box office hit ever.
Since opening last May, it's taken in more than $56.5 million in this country, and almost $92 million more worldwide. And at age 76, with 41 movies to his credit, Woody Allen is enjoying some of the best reviews of his career, after a string of films that garnered lukewarm reviews.
According to the new Flea Market magazine (available in the shop), film collectibles are hot.
And, in that decor, my creative friend-same artisan who makes the birdhouses-is making flowers out of old film...you want unique, she does it...I love my elf for her spirit...
“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” ~Walt Disney