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What’s the first topic that comes to mind when you think about the Academy Awards?

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We bet we can guess! More than likely, you think about the red carpet, elegant dresses and the prized Oscar statue. You know that the Academy Awards is a night to feature Hollywood’s elite, but do you know the origin behind the ceremony?

The Academy Awards have an extensive history. Believe it or not, when the academy was first founded in 1927, “Awards” was one of several committees. Although an awards presentation was considered, the group was focused primarily on labor problems and making a strong effort to repair the damaged reputation of the film industry. In May of 1928, the academy approved the committee’s proposal to present Academy Awards of Merit in 12 categories.

In 1930, the number of categories was brought down to seven, and two major film awards were combined to create Best Picture. Throughout the last 90 years, the academy has made multiple changes to the rules, categories and procedures.

Today, winners are chosen in 24 categories. To be eligible to win an award in a given year, a film must be “publicly exhibited at a commercial theatre in Los Angeles County between January 1 and midnight of December 31. Only members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may nominate and vote for candidates.

It should come as no surprise, but an Academy Award can play an important role in the success of a major film. As for actors and directors, the designation often brings a higher salary, more media attention and better film offers.

At one point, the Academy Awards was a ceremony with an audience reaching millions of worldwide viewers; however, viewership has been declining since the late 2010s. We’ll be interested to see how viewers tune in this Sunday!

Do you get excited to watch the Academy Awards? Who do you think will take home the Oscar for Best Picture? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Oscar Watching from Lions Pride!

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