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Academy Awards
Oscar trophy.jpg
The Academy Award statuette (the "Oscar")

Awarded for

Excellence in the American film industry

Country of origin

United States

Presented by

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

First awarded

May 16, 1929

Most recent award winners

Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Director: Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)
Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)
Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller (The Father)


The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. They are regarded as the most famous and prestigious awards in the entertainment industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements, as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette as a trophy, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the "Oscar". The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards. The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide. It is also the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards; its equivalents – the Emmy Awards (daytime/primetime) for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards. They are widely cited as the most famous and prestigious competitive awards in the field of entertainment.

Ceremonies[]

Edition Date Venue Host(s) Broadcaster(s) Best Picture winner
1st May 16, 1929 Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille N/A Wings
2nd April 3, 1930 Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California William C. deMille KNX-AM The Broadway Melody
3rd November 5, 1930 Conrad Nagel All Quiet on the Western Front
4th November 10, 1931 Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California Lawrence Grant KHJ-AM Cimarron
5th November 18, 1932 Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California Lionel Barrymore and Conrad Nagel KECA-AM Grand Hotel
6th March 16, 1934 Will Rogers none Cavalcade
7th February 27, 1935 Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California Irvin S. Cobb It Happened One Night
8th March 5, 1936 Frank Capra Mutiny on the Bounty
9th March 4, 1937 George Jessel The Great Ziegfeld
10th March 10, 1938 Bob Burns The Life of Emile Zola
11th February 23, 1939 none KHJ-AM You Can't Take It With You
12th February 29, 1940 Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California Bob Hope KNX-AM Gone with the Wind
13th February 27, 1941 Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California KECA-AM Rebecca
14th February 26, 1942 KNX-AM How Green Was My Valley
15th March 4, 1943 Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California Mrs. Miniver
16th March 2, 1944 Grauman's Chinese Theater, Los Angeles, California Jack Benny Casablanca
17th March 15, 1945 Bob Hope and John Cromwell ABC Radio Going My Way
18th March 7, 1946 Bob Hope and James Stewart The Lost Weekend
19th March 13, 1947 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Jack Benny The Best Years of Our Lives
20th March 20, 1948 Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell Gentleman's Agreement
21st March 24, 1949 The Academy Theater, Los Angeles, California Robert Montgomery Hamlet
22nd March 23, 1950 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California Paul Douglas All the King's Men
23rd March 29, 1951 Fred Astaire All About Eve
24th March 20, 1952 Danny Kaye An American in Paris
25th March 19, 1953 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
NBC International Theatre, New York City, New York
Bob Hope and Conrad Nagel NBC Radio
NBC
The Greatest Show on Earth
26th March 25, 1954 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
NBC Century Theatre, New York City, New York
Donald O'Connor and Fredric March From Here to Eternity
27th March 30, 1955 Bob Hope and Thelma Ritter On the Waterfront
28th March 21, 1956 Jerry Lewis, Claudette Colbert and Joseph L. Mankiewicz Marty
29th March 27, 1957 Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm Around the World in 80 Days
30th March 26, 1958 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California Bob Hope, David Niven, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Rosalind Russell and Donald Duck The Bridge on the River Kwai
31st April 6, 1959 Bob Hope, David Niven, Tony Randall, Mort Sahl, Laurence Olivier and Jerry Lewis Gigi
32nd April 4, 1960 Bob Hope Ben-Hur
33rd April 17, 1961 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California ABC Radio
ABC
The Apartment
34th April 9, 1962 West Side Story
35th April 8, 1963 Frank Sinatra Lawrence of Arabia
36th April 13, 1964 Jack Lemmon Tom Jones
37th April 5, 1965 Bob Hope My Fair Lady
38th April 18, 1966 The Sound of Music
39th April 10, 1967 A Man for All Seasons
40th April 10, 1968 In the Heat of the Night
41st April 14, 1969 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California none ABC Oliver!
42nd April 7, 1970 Midnight Cowboy
43rd April 15, 1971 NBC Patton
44th April 10, 1972 Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Lemmon The French Connection
45th March 27, 1973 Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston and Rock Hudson The Godfather
46th April 2, 1974 John Huston, Burt Reynolds, David Niven and Diana Ross The Sting
47th April 8, 1975 Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra The Godfather Part II
48th March 29, 1976 Goldie Hawn, Gene Kelly, Walter Matthau, George Segal and Robert Shaw ABC One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
49th March 28, 1977 Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda and Richard Pryor Rocky
50th April 3, 1978 Bob Hope Annie Hall
51st April 9, 1979 Johnny Carson The Deer Hunter
52nd April 14, 1980 Kramer vs. Kramer
53rd March 31, 1981 Ordinary People
54th March 29, 1982 Chariots of Fire
55th April 11, 1983 Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor and Walter Matthau Gandhi
56th April 9, 1984 Johnny Carson Terms of Endearment
57th March 25, 1985 Jack Lemmon Amadeus
58th March 24, 1986 Alan Alda, Jane Fonda and Minnie Mouse Out of Africa
59th March 30, 1987 Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan Platoon
60th April 11, 1988 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Chevy Chase The Last Emperor
61st March 29, 1989 none Rain Man
62nd March 26, 1990 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California Billy Crystal Driving Miss Daisy
63rd March 25, 1991 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Dances with Wolves
64th March 30, 1992 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California The Silence of the Lambs
65th March 29, 1993 Unforgiven
66th March 21, 1994 Whoopi Goldberg Schindler's List
67th March 27, 1995 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California David Letterman Forrest Gump
68th March 25, 1996 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California Whoopi Goldberg Braveheart
69th March 24, 1997 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Billy Crystal The English Patient
70th March 23, 1998 Titanic
71st March 21, 1999 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California Whoopi Goldberg Shakespeare in Love
72nd March 26, 2000 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Billy Crystal American Beauty
73rd March 25, 2001 Steve Martin Gladiator
74th March 24, 2002 Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California

(formerly Kodak Theatre from 2002 to 2011 and Hollywood and Highland Center in 2012)

Whoopi Goldberg A Beautiful Mind
75th March 23, 2003 Steve Martin Chicago
76th February 29, 2004 Billy Crystal The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
77th February 27, 2005 Chris Rock Million Dollar Baby
78th March 5, 2006 Jon Stewart Crash
79th February 25, 2007 Ellen DeGeneres The Departed
80th February 24, 2008 Jon Stewart No Country for Old Men
81st February 22, 2009 Hugh Jackman Slumdog Millionaire
82nd March 7, 2010 Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin The Hurt Locker
83rd February 27, 2011 James Franco and Anne Hathaway The King's Speech
84th February 26, 2012 Billy Crystal The Artist
85th February 24, 2013 Seth MacFarlane Argo
86th March 2, 2014 Ellen DeGeneres 12 Years a Slave
87th February 22, 2015 Neil Patrick Harris Birdman
88th February 28, 2016 Chris Rock Spotlight
89th February 26, 2017 Jimmy Kimmel Moonlight
90th March 4, 2018 The Shape of Water
91st February 24, 2019 none Green Book
92nd February 9, 2020 Parasite
93rd April 25, 2021 Union Station, Los Angeles, California Nomadland
94th March 27, 2022 Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California TBA TBA

International broadcasters[]

as of 2021

Country Network(s)
Baltic countries Filmzone
Latin America TNT
Middle East OSN
Sub-Saharan Africa M-Net
Albania Digitalb
Andorra Movistar, Canal+
Armenia ARMTV
Australia Seven Network
Austria ORF 1, ORF 2, ProSieben, Sat.1
Belgium (French)
Luxembourg (French)
BeTV, Canal+
Belgium (Dutch) Play More
Bolivia Unitel
Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
Brazil Globoplay
Bulgaria Kino Nova
Canada CTV
Costa Rica Teletica Canal 7
Croatia HRT
Cyprus Movies Best HD
Czech Republic ČT
Denmark TV 2
Dominican Republic Teleantilles
Ecuador RTS
El Salvador Canal 2
Finland Yle
France
Monaco
Switzerland (French)
Canal+
Germany
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg (German)
ProSieben, Sat.1
Greece OTE TV
Guatemala Canal 3, Televisiete, Teleonce, Trecevisión
Honduras Telecadena 7
Hungary TV2
Iceland RÚV
India Star Movies, Star World, Disney+ Hotstar
Indonesia Disney+ Hotstar
Ireland RTÉ2, RTÉ Player
Israel yes
Italy Sky Cinema Oscar, Sky Uno, TV8, Now
Japan WOWOW
Malaysia
Brunei
Astro
Mexico Azteca Uno, Azteca 7
Montenegro TVCG1
Netherlands Fox
New Zealand TVNZ 2
Nicaragua Televicentro
Panama RPC-TV
Paraguay Sistema Nacional de Televisión
Poland Canal+
Portugal RTP
Romania Pro TV, Pro Cinema
Russia Okko
Serbia RTS
Singapore Channel 5
South Korea TV Chosun
Spain Movistar Estrenos
Suriname Apintie Televisie
Sweden TV4, C More, TV4 Play
Switzerland (German) SRF 1, SRF zwei, ProSieben, Sat.1
Taiwan TTV Main Channel
Thailand Cineplex
Turkey TRT
Ukraine Ukraine
United Kingdom Sky Cinema Oscars, Now
Uruguay Teledoce
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