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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)


(Jack Holt)


(Irving Thalberg)


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


Best Picture

Supporting Actress

Best Actress

Best Director

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.


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