Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars,[1] are awards for artistic and technical merit for the American film industry. The awards are regarded by many as the most prestigious, significant awards in the entertainment industry in the United States.[2][3][4][5][6] Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are a recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements of primarily American films, as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.[7] 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, depicting a knight rendered in the Art Deco style, was originally sculpted by Los Angeles artist George Stanley from a design sketch by art director Cedric Gibbons.[8]

Academy Awards
Current: 95th Academy Awards
The Academy Award statuette (the "Oscar")
Awarded forExcellence in the American and International film industry
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awardedMay 16, 1929; 93 years ago (1929-05-16)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkList of broadcasters

The 1st Academy Awards were held in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.[9][10] 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.[11] It is also the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards; its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.[12] A total of 3,140 Oscar statuettes have been awarded since its inception in 1929.[13]

Most recent Academy Award winners
 2020/21 Best in films in 2021 2022 
Award Best Actor Best Actress
Winner Will Smith
(King Richard)
Jessica Chastain
(The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Award Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Winner Troy Kotsur
Ariana DeBose
(West Side Story)
Award Best Director Best Original Screenplay
Winner Jane Campion
(The Power of the Dog)
Kenneth Branagh

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