Annual awards for cinematic achievements
"Oscars" and "The Oscar" redirect here. For other uses, see
Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit for the  film industry. They are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), in recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The Academy Awards are regarded by many as the most prestigious, significant awards in the entertainment industry in the United States and worldwide.    The Oscar statuette depicts a knight rendered in the  Art Deco style.
The major award categories are presented during a live televised
Hollywood ceremony that is typically held in February or March. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony. The  1st Academy Awards were held in 1929, the  second ceremony in 1930 was the first one broadcast by radio, and the 1953 ceremony was the first one televised. It is also the oldest of the  four major annual American entertainment awards; its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.
Most recent Academy Award winners
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