The First Academy Awards

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The first Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, eighty-four years ago today, in 1929. Compared to the razzmatazz and glitz that the Oscars draw these days, the first Academy Awards ceremony was a very low key affair, as you can tell from the photo.  Tickets cost five dollars, 270 people attended the event and the ceremony lasted fifteen minutes.

My, how things have changed…

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