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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
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  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

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.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, The 95th ACADEMY AWARDS are broadcast live by ABC from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT on Sunday, March 12, 2023 from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.

Presenters include Riz Ahmed, Halle Bailey, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, John Cho, Glenn Close, Jennifer Connelly, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Danai Gurira, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Troy Kotsur, Jonathan Majors, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monae, Deepika Padukone, Florence Pugh, Questlove, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Donnie Yen, Halle Berry, Paul Dano, Cara Delevingne, Harrison Ford, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Olsen, Pedro Pascal, and John Travolta.

Lenny Kravitz will deliver the "In Memoriam" performance. Plus, the event features special performances of these Oscar-nominated songs:

- "Naatu Naatu" from RRR will be performed by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, who make their Oscars debut performing the song

- David Byrne, Stephanie Hsu, and music trio Son Lux will perform "This Is A Life: from EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

- Sofia Carson, accompanied by songwriter Diane Warren, will perform "Applause" from TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN

- Rihanna will perform "Lift Me Up" from BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER



  • 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 Theatre (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!
  • Union Station (2021) - Los Angeles, California USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

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