The Academy Awards were the brainchild of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), formed in 1927. The AMPAS was created through collaborative effort of 36 most prominent individuals, who worked within the motion picture industry.
Film actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was chosen as the first president of the Academy. The awards were established to honor the talented artists of the Motion Picture Industry. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was a very private affair, with only two hundred seventy people as guests. The awards were given in the banquet, set up at the hotel’s Blossom Room. The tickets for the guest tickets cost $5.
The first Oscar Ceremony consisted of the handing out of awards in 12 categories and two special honors.
The awards were meant to honor people responsible for cinematic achievements in 1927 and 1928. There was a very little element of surprise at the first Oscar Awards ceremony, as the names of the winners had been declared three months in advance. The entire affair was a lengthy one, filled with speeches. However, Douglas Fairbanks, the Academy President, moved things along as best he could, handing out the golden statues to the winners like a modern-day McDonalds Employee at the Drive-Thru Window.
Yes, boys and girls, once upon a time the Academy Awards celebrated individual achievement in the field of Professional Cinema.
That was then. This is now.
FoxNews.com reports that
Sunday night’s Oscars kicked off with its first presenter of the night, actress Regina King, declaring the film industry’s biggest night is maintaining its producers’ promise: to provide an intimate ceremony with “maskless” guests amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Oh, live TV here we go, welcome to the 93rd Oscars. Oh, Jesus, I made it,” King said.
Noting that it’s “been quite a year” for presenters, nominees, performers, and the rest of the world as we are “still smack dab in the middle of it,” the 93rd Academy Awards is a night “to celebrate,” she said.
“And yes, we’re doing it maskless,” King declared. “Well, think of this as a movie set, an Oscars movie with a cast of over 200 nominees. People have been vaxxed, tested, retested, social distanced and we are following all of the rigorous protocols that got us back to work safely. So, just like as a movie set masks off and when we’re not rolling, masks on. Ok, that’s how we do it.”
The “One Night in Miami” director added that it would have been quite a different celebratory night for her had Derek Chauvin not been convicted in the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.
“I have to be honest if things had gone differently this week in Minneapolis, I would have traded in my heels for marching boots,” she said.
The first two awards of the night went to Emerald Fennell who won the award for best original screenplay for the film “Promising Young Woman,” starring Carey Mulligan, and the best adapted screenplay then went to Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton for “The Father.”
In accepting his award for best director, Thomas Vinterberg, paid tribute to his daughter, Ida, who he said died in a car accident days into beginning filming for “Another Round.”
“She loved this. She was supposed to be in this. You’ll be able to see her clapping and cheering with us. We ended up making this movie for her, as her monument. So, Ida, this is a miracle that just happened and you’re a part of this miracle. Maybe you’ve been pulling some strings somewhere, I don’t know. But this one is for you,” Vinterberg said.
Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
“We’re going up tonight. We’re going to celebrate life. We’re breathing, we’re walking, it’s incredible. Life is incredible,” he said.
This year’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to the Motion Picture and Television Fund and was accepted on the fund’s behalf by CEO Bob Beitcher. He noted it was the first time the award has gone to an organization, and it was due to the fund’s support of providing to those in need during the pandemic.
Chloé Zhao took home the award for best director for “Nomadland,” a category that had two female filmmakers nominated for the first time. Zhao is now just the second woman to win best director in the Academy’s 93 years (following Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”), and the first woman of color.
Prior to the telecast’s start at 8 p.m., the red carpet made its return — one of the most notable changes from other pandemic-era award shows. In the weeks leading up to Hollywood’s most glamorous night, it was announced that casual wear is a no-no.
The show is being shot in 24 frames-per-second (as opposed to 30), meaning it’ll appear more widescreen. Presenters, including Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford, Rita Moreno and Zendaya — are considered “cast members.”
Travon Free, one of the directors of “Two Distant Strangers,” discussed police brutality in his acceptance speech for the film’s win for best live-action short film.
“Today the police will kill three people and tomorrow the police will kill three people, and the day after that the police will kill three people because on average the police in America every day kill three people,” Free said, joined by co-director Desmond Roe.
He continued: “Those people have been disproportionately Black people… I ask that you please not be indifferent. Please don’t be indifferent to our pain.”
Prior to the ceremony, the 36-year-old writer made headlines for his outfit: a Dolce & Gabbana suit lined with the names of those killed by police brutality in the U.S.
…Sunday’s pandemic-delayed Oscars bring to a close the longest awards season ever — one that turned the season’s industrial complex of cocktail parties and screenings virtual. Eligibility was extended into February of this year, and for the first time, a theatrical run wasn’t a requirement of nominees. Some films — like “Sound of Metal” — premiered all the way back in September 2019.
I wonder what the swashbuckling man’s man, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., would have thought about the no-talent crybabies who last night took a part in politicizing the award show that he worked so had to get off the ground?
He probably would have punched them right in the mouth.
Once again, the Hollywood “Elite” on the Left of the Political Spectrum continued in public to show their hindquarters.
These self-proclaimed activists are making a lie out of the claim that they have made for years that they are the most tolerant…and “gifted” among us.
The Liberal Elite have always believed that our country revolves around the big metropolitan areas in the Northeast and in California. They have always looked down their noses at what they derisively call “Flyover Country”, the same area that many of us call the Heartland of America or simply “home”.
Over the last few several decades, Hollywood has vied for the title of “Sin City” with “Lost Wages” (Las Vegas) through its glorification of the decadent and demonic. The family-friendly, morally based classic horror films such as “Dracula”, “Frankenstein”, and “The Wolf Man”, have long since been replaced by Jason, Freddy, “Jigsaw”, and Stephen King’s “It”.
Meanwhile, Hollywood produces movies which they would like to see and gives them awards for bombing at the Box Office while being politically correct..
What is interesting to note, though, in the middle of the continuing Liberal Takeover and ongoing Political Meltdown in Hollyweird is the backlash by average Americans to the attempted shaping of our American Culture and Society.
Please note the overwhelming continuing popularity of Super Hero Movies, in which Good triumphs over Evil.
I don’t remember any of us average Americans asking them for their political opinions, do you?
Perhaps, if they got their noses out of the air and actually associated with their families and former friends “back home”, instead of kissing each other’s hindquarters at the latest Premiere or “social event”, perhaps they and reality would not have taken divergent paths, and they would conduct themselves and comport themselves like those Hollywood Legends before them, who served their country during World War II, doing whatever they could to help America defeat fascism…instead of cheering for it.
And, perhaps, they would have had the intestinal fortitude to have shown Harvey Weinstein the door a long time ago.
As it has been, ever since the Entertainment Industry became “woke”, last night was nothing but an exercise in self-adulation by a bunch of self- absorbed, over-medicated, under-talented, bodyguard-using, gated community-living America-hating Liberals who want to tell us “commoners” that we should not listen to that still small voice in each of us and embrace decadence and turn in our Bibles and guns, while at the same time foreswearing any traditional American Ethics and Values which we still hold dear, in order to properly worship them and the Altar of Political Correctness which they have helped to create.
To which I and the overwhelming majority of average Americans living between the coasts reply in unison…
SHUT UP AND ACT!!!
Until He Comes,
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