The Oscar Awards

The Academy Awards are also currently referred to as The Oscars and they represent a series of special awards that are being handed out on a yearly basis for extraordinary film achievements. Actors and actresses, film directors, screenwriters, music creators and costume designers or animation producers, everyone could be feeling the blessings of the nominations and the thrills of winning an Oscar.

The Oscar statuette itself is originally called the Academy Award of Merit and it is part of the Academy Awards series. It is made of britannium, which is a special metal alloy, and it is covered in 24-karat gold – real gold, not the GW2 gold you might be tempted to purchase online for your gaming purposes.

The Oscars are brought together by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ceremony is organized annually. Despite of the fact that the original scope of these awards was to hurry the resolution of film labor disputes and enhance the image of the entire film industry, today The Oscars stand as a great opportunity to reward merits of distinctive achievement in the movie industry.

The year 1929 is known as the year of the first Oscar awards being given during a ceremony that was held at the Hotel Roosevelt. The awards given over the years have known a great deal of changes, with special emphasis on the categories – today, there are more than 12 different categories. The Oscars are considered to be the most popular and important award ceremony on the globe and there is a huge interest for the mediatization of the even expressed by more than 100 countries worldwide.

Housewives and stay-home moms, company directors, simple employees, folks who attend nurse practitioner schools, cab drivers, passionate movie fans, everyone is eagerly waiting for the yearly event that is going to decide which was the best movie of the past year, which were the best leading actors and actresses, and so on. The latest Academy Award ceremony was the 85th and it was held on the 24th of February, 2013, in LA, California, at the Dolby Theatre. Nominations are displayed at the end of January each year, since 2004, and the number of voters has been set to 5,783. There are several branches to take into consideration when it comes to the actual membership here, and each branch is known to represent a certain film production discipline. A large percentage (more than 20%) is currently represented by actors and all votes are to be certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the Academy Awards ceremony was introduced in 1993, and it is a special part of The Oscars that is meant to honor late cinema figures that have made a huge difference to the film universe worldwide. The award is known to have drawn some harsh critics over the years, due to the failure to insert certain names to the list of nominees that have past during the last 12 months prior to the ceremony.