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Where the nickname Oscar comes from

The unconfirmed story about the source of the name is that Academy executive director Margaret Herrick mentioned that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar.

The Academy officially started using the nickname Oscar for its awards in 1939.

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Announcing the winners

In 1929, the winners of the Oscars were announced before the awards ceremony.

Since 1942, the secret ballot voting results were announced during the live-broadcast Academy Awards ceremony using the sealed-envelope system. The suspense, the red-carpet arriv...

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The First Oscar Winners

  • The first president and the host of the May 1929 ceremony was actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
  • The first Best Picture was awarded to Wings, directed by William Wellman. It was the most expensive movie at the time, wit...

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The first Academy Awards ceremony

The first Academy Awards ceremony

On May 16, 1929, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out its first award at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

The academy was organized two years earlier as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the film industry.

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The nickname "Oscar" for the Academy Awards

The nickname "Oscar" for the Academy Awards

In 2013, the Academy Awards were rebranded as The Oscars.

A popular theory is that the nickname for the statuette was coined by Margaret Herrick when she said that the figure looked like her Uncle Oscar.

The design of the Academy Award statuette

The design came from MGM director Cedric Gibbons. He thought to have a knight holding a sword while standing on a film reel.

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. The nickname Oscar was only adopted for the statuette by the Acad...

Other claims to the name "Oscar"

Sidney Skolsky made the first documented use of "Oscar" as a nickname for the statuette in a 1934 New York Daily News article, but his assertion that he coined the nickname is still in doubt.

Many claim that during Walt Disney's Academy Award acceptance spee...

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