The Oscars, popularly known as the Academy Awards, is a yearly award ceremony that praises and appreciates great yearly work in the film industry. The Academy presents the awards; Academy is also known by its other name, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or AMPAS for short. The ceremony, for the very first time, was observed on the date May 16, 1929. Since then, the Oscars has become the most prestigious, revered, and celebrated award show.
A Brief History of the Oscars
As stated earlier, the very first Academy Awards ceremony was observed on May 16, 1929. The pilot award function of the Oscars happened in a hotel named Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in the city of Los Angeles, California. It was Louis B. Mayer who established The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, aka AMPAS, in the year 1827. Back then, Louis B. Mayer,
was the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and he was well known, widely referred member of the film industry.
The concept of the Academy Awards was born as an idea that was supposed to be a means to increase the interest and intrigue of the general masses in the films and the film industry; the other main motive of the Academy Awards was to celebrate, honor, and recognize outstanding works in the film industry. Approximately 270 guests attended the first ceremony, and tickets were sold for $5 each. Back then, the awards were only presented in 15 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
The first Best Picture award was presented to the film “Wings,” directed by the director William A. Wellman; this film had an ensemble cast of starred Richard Arlen, Clara Bow, and Charles Rogers. The film, which tells the story of two World War I fighter pilots who fall in love with the same woman, was a critical and commercial success.
Since its establishment, the Oscars have grown in size and popularity and are widely referred to by film enthusiasts worldwide. The awards are now presented in 24 categories and are broadcast live on television in over 200 countries and territories.
Each year, the nominations and winners of the Academy Awards are eagerly anticipated by film fans and industry professionals alike. The nominations are usually announced in January, and the awards function is observed either in late February or early March.
The 2023 Academy Awards ceremony marked the 95th anniversary of the event and was held on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. This ceremony was broadcasted live on ABC.
Categories and the Awards
As of now, the Oscars present awards in 24 categories. There are major categories such as best actor, actress, director, and all that are the prime focus, and major highlights of the ceremony are these categories.
The Best Picture category is considered the most prestigious award of the night, and it honors the overall quality of a film, considering factors such as writing, direction, acting, cinematography, and editing.
A voting body of more than 9000 people that consists of experts from various fields of the film industry votes and chooses the winner.
The awards are presented in various categories, ranging from Best Picture to Best Sound Editing, and are voted on by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members.
Here is a brief overview of the different categories that are awarded at the Oscars:
Best Picture: This is the most prestigious and coveted award of the ceremony, given to the film considered the best of the year. It is awarded to the producers of the winning film.
Best Director: This award is presented to the director of the winning film, who is considered to have made the best creative and technical decisions in producing the film.
Best Actor/Actress: These awards are presented to the leading actor and actress who have given the year’s best performances.
Best Supporting Actor/Actress: These awards are presented to the actors who have given the year’s best-supporting performances.
Best Original Screenplay: Best Original Screenplay is awarded to the writer or writers of the best original screenplay; the originality for this particular award is significant because the screenplay shouldn’t be based on some other existing material.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Best Adapted Screenplay is awarded to the writer or writers of the best-adapted screenplay; originality is not a concern for this award category as the primary condition is that the screenplay should be based on some other existing material or source.
Best Animated Feature: Best Animated Feature is awarded to the best-animated motion picture released in the same year. The film’s length under this category doesn’t matter as it can be awarded to a complete feature-length animated motion picture and a short animated film.
Best Foreign Language Film: Best Foreign Language Film is awarded the best non-English foreign film released the same year.
Best Documentary Feature: Best Documentary Feature is awarded to the best documentary film released the same year.
Best Original Score: Best Original Score is awarded to the composer or composer of the best original score of a film released the same year.
Best Original Song: Best Original Song is awarded to the songwriter or writer of the best song that was penned down specifically for a film released the same year.
Best Visual Effects: This award is presented to the individuals or companies responsible for the best visual effects in a film.
Best Sound Editing: This award is presented to the individuals or companies responsible for the best sound editing in a film.
Best Sound Mixing: This award is presented to the individuals or companies responsible for the best sound mixing in a film.
In addition to these categories, several other categories are presented at the Oscars, including Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Costume Design.
Each year, the nominees and winners in each category are chosen by members of the AMPAS, who are professionals in the film industry. The winners are announced at the annual awards ceremony, broadcast live on television, and attended by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The Oscars have become a major cultural event, and winning an award can be a significant milestone in a filmmaker’s career.
Nominations and Winners of the 2023 Oscars
The 95th Oscars ceremony was held on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, whereas the preshow hosts were Ashley Graham, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lilly Singh. The director of the show was Glenn Weiss. The duo of Glenn Weiss & Ricky Kirshner produced the show. The show lasts roughly 3 hours and 40 minutes, and the rights are owned by ABC international.
Here are the nominations and winners of some of the essential categories of the night:
Following is the list of the best picture nominated and the winner at the Academy Awards 2023
|Sr. No||Film Name||Result|
|1||Everything Everywhere All at Once||WINNER|
|2||All Quiet on the Western Front||NA|
|3||Avatar: The Way of Water||NA|
|4||The Banshees of Inisherin||NA|
|8||Top Gun: Maverick||Na|
Following is the list of the nominations for the best director for the Academy Awards 2023
|Sr. No||Film Name||Director||Result|
|1||The Banshees of Inisherin||Martin McDonagh||NA|
|2||Everything Everywhere All at Once||Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert||WINNER|
|3||The Fabelmans||Steven Spielberg||NA|
|5||Triangle of Sadness||Ruben Östlund||NA|
Best Actor in a Leading Role
|Sr. No||Film Name||Actor.||Result|
|1||The Whale||Brendan Fraser||WINNER|
|3||The Banshees of Inisherin||Colin Farrell||NA|
Best Actress in a Leading Role
|Sr. No||Film Name||Actress||Result|
|1||Everything Everywhere All at Once||Michelle Yeoh||WINNER|
|3||Blonde||Ana de Armas||NA|
|4||To Leslie||Andrea Riseborough||NA|
|5||The Fabelmans||Michelle Williams||NA|
|Sr. No||Film Name||Song||Result|
|2||Tell It Like a Woman||Applause||NA|
|3||Top Gun||Hold My Hand||NA|
|4||Black Panther||Lift Me UP||NA|
Most nominations were bagged by Everything Everywhere All at Once. The most number of awards was also bagged by Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Overall, the 2023 Oscars ceremony saw surprising wins and losses, with “Everything Everywhere All at Once” taking home the Best Picture award.
1) Which movie won the most awards at the 95th Academy Awards?
Ans. Everything Everywhere All At Once
2) In what category India won the Oscars?
Ans. India won Oscars in the category of Best Original Song for the song Natu Natu from the film RRR.
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