~ TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT ~
You know I look forward to this night every year. Been watching since I was a young girl because it was an important night for my father who managed a movie theater.
I have some trivia for you this year. My dad called me about an Oscar show that was on TCM but there was only a half hour left. Thankfully they were showing it again on Saturday morning the 7th of February so I was able to set my DVR to watch it.
It was called "And the Oscar Goes to...." and I really enjoyed it. Here is some trivia that stood out to me:
The very first Oscar's were in 1929. The best movie that year was "Wings" and there were only 12 awards given out.
The first sound film to be at the Oscar's was The Jazz Singer that same year but was ineligible to be nominated for best movie. It did win an Oscar for technical achievement. All Oscar movies after that year had sound.
For many years the Academy would give the newspapers the names of the Oscar winners in advance so their morning paper could list them.
In 1940 it was a banner year for the 10 best movie nominations which all went on to become classics. They were listed as Outstanding Production and Gone With the Wind won that year.
Gone With the Wind
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Of Mice and Men
The Wizard of Oz
The L.A. times jumped the gun and gave out the winners names early. Since that time the winners are now kept with Price Warner Securities and sealed off until they are opened on the stage.
The very first televised Academy Awards show was in March 19, 1953, I would have been 1 1/2 years old. NBC offered the Academy one hundred thousand dollars to the broadcast rights and it was held at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. To think I have been to the Pantages Theater 3 times and didn't know that fact!
I thought these facts were interesting and wanted to share them with you.
Have a great Sunday and if you watch tonight I hope you have a good time!
You can go here to print out a ballot for tonight's award show.