Academy Awards

Academy Awards
Current: 94th Academy Awards
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The Academy Award statuette (the "Oscar")
Awarded forExcellence in the American and International film industry
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awardedMay 16, 1929 (1929-05-16)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkList of broadcasters

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars,[1] are awards for artistic and technical merit for the American and international film industry.

The awards are regarded by many as the most prestigious, significant awards in the entertainment industry worldwide.[2][3][4] Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements, as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette as a trophy, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the "Oscar". The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons.[5] AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards.[6][7] The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide.[8] 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.[9] A total of 3,140 Oscar statuettes have been awarded since its inception in 1929.[10]

Most recent Academy Award winners
← 2020/21 Best in films in 2021 2022 →
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Award Best Actor Best Actress
Winner Will Smith
(King Richard)
Jessica Chastain
(The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
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Award Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Winner Troy Kotsur
Ariana DeBose
(West Side Story)
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Award Best Director Best Original Screenplay
Winner Jane Campion
(The Power of the Dog)
Kenneth Branagh

Previous Best Picture


Best Picture


  1. ^ "AMPAS Drops '85th Academy Awards' – Now It's Just 'The Oscars'". TheWrap. February 19, 2013. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Rao, Sonia (April 16, 2021). "Why do the Oscars matter?". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  3. ^ Vega, Nicolas (March 26, 2022). "The Oscar statuette is the most prestigious prize in Hollywood—here's why it's only worth $1". CNBC. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  4. ^ "What are the Oscars and Baftas and what's the difference?". BBC. February 26, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  5. ^ Nichols, Chris (February 25, 2016). "Meet George Stanley, Sculptor of the Academy Award". Los Angeles Magazine. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "About the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on April 7, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
  7. ^ Essex, Andrew (May 14, 1999). "The Birth of Oscar". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference history was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Monush, Barry (February 9, 2012). "The Lure of Oscar: A Look at the Mightiest of All Award Shows, the Academy Awards". The Paley Center for Media. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference statuette was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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