Complete Nominee List
The Nominated Movie Trailers
Far from the eagerly anticipated and globally televised event it is today, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye during an Academy banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, 1929 dinner in the hotel’s Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5. It was a long affair filled with speeches, but Academy President Douglas Fairbanks made quick work of handing out the statuettes. There was little suspense when the awards were presented that night: the recipients had already been announced three months earlier. Continue reading
- “Wings” was the only silent film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
- The event was held a full three months after the winners had already been announced.
- In 1929, the average cost of a movie ticket was 25 cents.
The ceremony was a great success, apart from the sometimes off-color humor of the host, Billy Crystal. Nonetheless, the event was well-worth the time. As I predicted, The Artist won Best Picture, and rightly so; telling the story of what movies (and life) are all about: love, hate, heart-break, and survival. Ever since I first saw the film, I have not been able to describe it without becoming emotional. The Artist will be remembered as one of the greatest movies in the history of film-making.
Seth McFarland's jokes, as Host, were sometimes off-color, and not as memorable as previous MC's; but, he managed to carry the show on with (a modicum of) dignity. HIGHLIGHTS: Charlize Theron dancing with Channing Tatum; Jennifer Hudson singing "You're Gonna Love Me"; and Michelle Obama announcing the Best Picture. LOWLIGHTS: The entire Captain Kirk future-predition segment with Seth McFarland; the Visual-Effects winner for "Life of Pi" who's microphone was cut-off for going on for far-too long; and Mark Whalberg and that bear via sattelite.