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Academy Awards

Academy Awards

Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    March 19, 1953
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annually recognized outstanding performances by professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The first ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony was a May 16, 1929 banquet at the Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Room with 270 attendees. Recipients were announced three months earlier for the inaugural event; the next year the Academy kept the results secret but gave an advance list to newspapers for publication at 11pm. This process continued until 1940 when the "Los Angeles Times" published the winners in its evening edition, making them readily available to arriving guests. That prompted the sealed-envelope system in use today. By the second year, a Los Angeles radio station produced a live broadcast, and the ACADEMY AWARDS were first televised in 1953 by NBC, enabling millions throughout the United States and Canada to watch the proceedings. Broadcast in black and white through the 1950s and early 1960s, the ACADEMY AWARDS were telecast in color for the first time in 1966, and expanded internationally in 1969. During its history, the ACADEMY AWARDS were postponed twice: for 24 hours in 1981, because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan; and for two days in 1968, out of respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated a few days earlier.
The 92nd ACADEMY AWARDS were broadcast live by ABC on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Exclusive red carpet coverage begins at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT, followed by the awards ceremony at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Presenters include: Mahershala Ali, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Zazie Beetz, Timothee Chalamet, Olivia Colman, James Corden, Penelope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Will Ferrell, Jane Fonda, Josh Gad, Gal Gadot, Zack Gottsagen, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Oscar Isaac, Mindy Kaling, Diane Keaton, Regina King, Shia LaBeouf, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George MacKay, Rami Malek, Steve Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Anthony Ramos, Keanu Reeves, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Maya Rudolph, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, Taika Waititi, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig, and Rebel Wilson.

The night opens at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on ABC with "The Oscars Red Carpet Show," which gives viewers live access to the night's nominees, performers and presenters. The red carpet festivities are hosted by actor and singer Billy Porter, award-winning journalist and talk show host Tamron Hall, supermodel Lily Aldridge and film critic Elvis Mitchell.

After the Oscars, the night continues at 11:35pm ET (live)/10pm PT (tape) with "Live from Hollywood: After the Awards," a one-hour live broadcast from outside the Governors Ball, which highlights the best moments of the evening. Maria Menounos, Stephen A. Smith, and Ben Lyons chat with the night's big winners and analyze the most iconic moments, capturing all of the excitement with your favorite stars.



  • Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (1929) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • The Ambassador Hotel (1930, 1932, 1934, 1940, 1943) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Biltmore Hotel (1931, 1935-1939, 1941, 1942) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre (1944-1946) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Shrine Auditorium (1947, 1948, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • The Academy Theater (1949) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Pantages Theater (1950-1960) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (1961-1968) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (1969-1987, 1990-1994, 1996, 1999) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Dolby Theatre / Kodak Theatre (2002-Present) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • March 19, 1953: First time Academy Awards are televised.
  • February 12, 1955: First time Academy Award nominations are televised.