What’s behind Oscars?

The Academy awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent film award ceremonies in the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself was conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer.

Oscar Award history:

The first Oscar award ceremony function was held at Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood on May 16 1929 on Thursday to honor the best film for the year 1927 and 1928. The function had about 250 people as audience. The first awards were first broadcasted by using the radio first followed by the TV after 1953. The results after publishing at the venue will reach the newspapers at the same night of the function around 11 p.m. Then later the results were announced before the ceremony commenced when the Los Angeles times came in for publishing the results.

Oscar Award design:

The official name of the Oscar statuette is the Academy Award for Merit. Made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in (34 cm) tall, weighs 8.5 lb (3.85 kg) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes each represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.

The 2009 Oscar Awards have brought up India making a new history. The music composer AR Rahman has received the two prestigious Oscar awards  for “slum dog millionaire” eventually boosting up the Indians prestige.