ⓘ List of Academy Awards ceremonies

1st Academy Awards

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show. Tickets cost, 270 people attended the event and the presentation ceremony lasted 15 minutes. Awards were created by Louis B. Mayer, founder of Louis B. Mayer Pictures Corporation. It is the only Academy Awards ceremony not to be broadcast either on radio or television. The radio broadcast wa ...

2nd Academy Awards

The 2nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films released between August 1, 1928, and July 31, 1929. They were held on April 3, 1930, at an awards banquet in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Radio coverage began with this ceremony, with a local broadcast by KNX, Los Angeles. As the ceremony was being held more than eight months after the end of the eligibility period, it was decided that the 3rd Academy Awards would be held in November 1930, so as to bring the awards ceremony closer to the releva ...

3rd Academy Awards

The 3rd Academy Awards were awarded to films completed and screened released between August 1, 1929, and July 31, 1930, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All Quiet on the Western Front was the first film to win both Best Picture and Best Director, a feat that would become common in later years. Lewis Milestone became the first person to win two Oscars, having won Best Director – Comedy at the 1st Academy Awards. The Love Parade received six nominations, the greatest number of any film to that point. However, it did not win in any category. Best Sound Recording was introdu ...

4th Academy Awards

The 4th Academy Awards were awarded to films completed and screened released between August 1, 1930, and July 31, 1931, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the ceremony, nine-year-old Jackie Cooper, nominated for Best Actor in Skippy, fell asleep on the shoulder of Best Actress nominee Marie Dressler. When Dressler was announced as the winner, Cooper had to be eased onto his mother’s lap. Cimarron was the first Western to win Best Picture, and would remain the only one to do so for 59 years until Dances with Wolves won in 1991. It received a then-record seven nominations ...

5th Academy Awards

The 5th Academy Awards were conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 18, 1932, at a ceremony held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by Conrad Nagel. Films screened in Los Angeles between August 1, 1931, and July 31, 1932, were eligible to receive awards. Walt Disney created a special short animation film just for the banquet, Parade of the Award Nominees. Grand Hotel became the only Best Picture winner to be nominated for Best Picture and nothing else. It was the last film to win Best Picture without a Best Director ...

6th Academy Awards

The 6th Academy Awards were held on March 16, 1934, at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Will Rogers and Rogers also presented all of the awards. Will Rogers presented the Academy Award for Best Director, and when he opened the envelope he simply announced, "Come up and get it, Frank!" Frank Capra, certain he was the winner, ran to the podium to collect the Oscar, only to discover Rogers had meant Frank Lloyd, who won for Cavalcade, instead. Possibly to downplay Rogers gaffe, he then called third nominee George Cukor to join the two Franks on stage. This ...

                                     

ⓘ List of Academy Awards ceremonies

  • 1929: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
  • 1930–1943: Alternated between the Ambassador Hotel and the Biltmore Hotel
  • 1944–1946: Graumans Chinese Theatre
  • 1969–1987: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • 1947–1948: Shrine Auditorium
  • 2002–present: Dolby Theatre
  • 1988–2001: Alternated between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Shrine Auditorium
  • 1961–1968: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  • 1950–1960: Pantages Theatre
  • 1949: Academy Award Theater
                                     

1. Ceremonies

Beginning with the 7th Academy Awards, held in February 1935, each years awards are presented for films that were first shown during the full preceding calendar year from January 1 to December 31 in Los Angeles County, California. For the first five ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned twelve months from August 1 to July 31. For the 6th ceremony, held in 1934, the eligibility period lasted from August 1, 1932 to December 31, 1933.

When citing each ceremony, Academy conventions may either list the years of its eligibility period, or the year in which the ceremony was actually held.