The Very First Academy Awards in 1929

It was Douglas Fairbanks who first thought of creating awards for films and actors. He and his wife, Mary Pickford, organized the competition and held a dinner at a Hollywood hotel in May of 1929.

It was nothing like the extravagant shows we are accustomed to today. Each of the 270 people who attended paid $5 for a ticket. There were speeches and a meal, but not a shred of suspense—the 15 winners had been announced several months earlier. It took Fairbanks 15 minutes to hand out the statuettes.  See for a list of the winners.

The now-famous statuette was not yet named Oscar—that would happen a few years later—and there are many conflicting stories as to how Oscar got his name.

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