Ladies and Gentlemen!
Two nights from now the 85th Academy Awards will commence and all the stars will be out on the town. If you have read previous articles from LIH about award shows, you will know that some of us think most of them are overrated. However, Golden Globes and Oscars are our favorite!
**Random Oscar Trivia**
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Titanic, and Ben-Hur won the most Oscars with 11 statuettes each!
Walt Disney had 64 nominations and 26 awards over his lifetime!
The Beatles’ “Let it Be” was the first musical act to win for original song.
Douglas Fairbanks hosted the first Academy Awards in 1929. The awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
Louis B. Mayer (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) created the awards because “I found that the best way to handle [filmmakers] was to hang medals all over them … If I got them cups and awards they’d kill them to produce what I wanted. That’s why the Academy Award was created”
The first award show cost $5 per ticket and consisted of 270 guests. The Kodak theater, where the awards will be held, seats up to 3,332!
The awards are broadcast live across the United States (excluding Hawaii until 2011!), Canada, and the UK.
First televised broadcast was 1953 with Bob Hope as a co-host.
31st Academy Awards–1959 at the Pantages
**Cast your vote!**
(This is what you THINK will win! Go to Oscar to print your list of who you WANT to win.)