The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

The first ever Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ceremony was held on May 16, 1929. Today, it is commonly referred to as the Oscars. An Oscar is an award given to the best nominee in regards to all the different aspects of film. The Oscars are held every year in which Oscars are awarded to actors, film directors, writers, editors, cinematographers and so forth. It is still the longest running award ceremony covered by the media. The first Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences award ceremony was held at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood California.

The reason why the first Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences award ceremony was so important and relevant to the United States film industry, was that this ceremony single handedly paved the way for film to ultimately be where it is today. This award ceremony was created so that people in the film industry who achieved great accomplishments throughout film, were awarded for their excellent work By winning an Academy Award, people within the film industry would gain substantial recognition and praise amongst their peers and colleagues within the industry for their immense talents in film. The first Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences award ceremony had a major impact on the United States film industry. It made those who worked within the industry raise their determination levels to new heights and strive to be the best that they could be by perfecting their craft in order to also be recognized as great film entrepreneurs as well.

All this however, was not the original reason for the coming of age in regardsto the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences awards ceremony. M.G.M chief,Louis Mayer, who was a prominent proponent of the first Academy Awards, had moreof a business oriented intention as opposed to a Hollywood glamorization intent. His original idea was to unite the film industry’s power players at the time in hopes of squeezing out the labor unions. His plan did not go over so well and ultimately failed. The academy think tanks got to together and decided that they would serve as their own censor before the government could get their hands on it. By this time, the film industry was the fourth largest industry in the U.S but they were feeling the backlash about the images film makers were portraying within their films from concerned mothers and clergymen. This is when the academy decided that their industry needed a touch of class since it was being bombarded by the public as well as the media on a daily basis in a negative light. They came up with creating an award ceremony. In the book titled, “The Academy Awards” by author Gail Kinn dated September 1, 2008, Louis Mayer was interviewed and asked about the negative publicity that the film industry had been getting. Louis Mayer responded by stating “What better way to silence critics by awarding a golden statue to the best of the best.”

Douglas Fairbanks Sr. hosted the first Academy Awards. He was also a founding member of the Academy. In Douglas Fairbanks’ biography titled, “Douglas Fairbanks” by Jeffrey Vance dated December 8, 2008, Fairbanks spoke of his experience hosting the first ever Academy Awards that had two hundred and seventy guests. Fairbanks stated, “It was an experience like never before. One in which I will never forget.”  He also stated, “I was stunned at how significant the impact of this ceremony was for the art of film.”


Kinn, Gail. The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2008. Print.

Osborne, Robert A. 80 Years of the Oscars: The Official History of the Academy Awards. New York: Abbeville, 2008. Print.

Vance, Jeffrey. Douglas Fairbanks. Berkeley: University of California, 2008. Print

Kinn, Gail. The Academy Awards: The Complete History of Oscar. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2002. Print.



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