Why the Academy?
With the Oscars fast approaching I realised I know next to nothing about the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences. So I thought I would research. Here’s what I found out:
A Brief History
Louis B. Mayer, cofounder of MGM and head of MGM at the time, came up with the idea of an organisation of people to “benefit the film industry”. The original 36 members consisted of Actors, Directors, Lawyers, Producers, Technicians and Writers. Some notable members were Cecil B DeMille, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Holt and Irving Thalberg
(Cecil B DeMille)
The First Academy awards ceremony took place
There were 5 different presidents ending with Director Frank Capra who remained president until 1939
First Academy awards ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
The first year the academy awards were televised
First year awards were televised in color
First international broadcast of ceremony
The academy spends time developing resources and talks for those outside of the entertainment industry.
Dedication of the academy current headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Because of the massive amount of resource’s that the academy’s archive was receiving the archives moved into an old water treatment facility in Beverly Hills where it remains to this day now called the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study after the first president of the Academy
The board of governors created the Science and Technology council
The Academy has announced plans to create a museum devoted to movies which will be built next to the Los Angles County Museum of art
87th Academy Awards
Here is the fine folks over at Fandor thoughts on this years Academy Awards Nominee’s
I don’t know what I would have done as a young film lover without the Academy Awards. They were an early source for what films were a must watch and they set me path of figuring what I think is a good film and how to be a critic of film.
Over the years a lot of hate has been thrown at the Academy Awards. I’m guilty of it myself. But no matter what you think, I believe that the Academy has had an incredible influence and is leaving a great legacy for film.