The Oscars – Something to Feel Good About
With plenty of controversy surrounding this year’s Oscars, including comments from the opposite end of the spectrum from those who deem racial injustice and global climate change too taboo to mention at such a prestigious ceremony (“Bob Hope would never say such things! Why I never!”) I’ve decided to save my anger, frustration, and eye-rolling about all of that and instead concentrate on the feel-good aspects of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Are you with me? Good.
Back in 1929, May 16th to be exact, the first ever Academy Awards ceremony took place in California. (A little trivia from that evening – the award for Best Picture that year went to Wings, which was the only silent film to win an Oscar, and Janet Gaynor won Best Actress for three films – 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunshine.)On the eve of that first annual awards celebration, the industry’s finest actors and actresses dressed to impress for the special dinner ceremony held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Since then, the celebration, as well as the extravagant nature of those in attendance, has flourished. Although there are always teary-eyed moments, they are now becoming few and far between.
Join me in taking a look back at some of the Academy’s finest moments through these photo collages I’ve put together by decade up through the 90s, before things started to get a little too big, too busy, and too bitchy.
For me, these are some of the Oscars’ most memorable moments, with all the awkward left out, and all the heart-warming goodness left intact. Enjoy!