The Oscars next month

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The first Academy Awards ceremony, better known as The Oscars, took place on May 16th 1929, and was attended by two hundred seventy people only and the guest tickets price was $5. At first, the winners were notified in advance, but that changed to the system of the sealed-envelop still in use today.

This year marks the 87th edition of the ceremony to be held on February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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Some facts about Oscar Statuette:

81st Academy Awards¨ Press Kit Images

  • Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit (if you are wondering why it has been called Oscar, here is why: “a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939”).
  • Height: 13½ inches
  • Weight: 8½ pounds
  • Number of Awards Presented: 2,947 (so far)
  • First Recipient: Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929
  • Design: A stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). No model was used during the design process.
  • Designer: Cedric Gibbons, chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Sculptor: Los Angeles artist George Stanley
  • Manufacturer: S. Owens & Company in Chicago
  • Manufacturing Time: 3–4 weeks for 50 statuettes
  • Material: During initial ceremonies, the statuette was made of gold-plated solid bronze and within a few years, the bronze was abandoned in favor of britannia metal which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold.

Below you can find the nominees for this year in some of the major categories:

Best Picture

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers

Boyhood

Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers

The Imitation Game

Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers

Selma

Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

The Theory of Everything

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers

Whiplash

Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Directing

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood

Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum

Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne

The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell

Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper

American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard

Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones

The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore

Still Alice

Rosamund Pike

Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon

Wild

I saw some of the contending movies, and I think they are amazing. My favorite ones are The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Both are superb by all means, directing, acting, story and script…

Source: The Oscars

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