The 1st Academy Awards

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), 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 five dollars, 270 people attended the event and the ceremony lasted fifteen minutes. Awards were created by Louis B. Mayer, founder of Louis B. Mayer Pictures Corporation (at present merged into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). It is the only Academy Awards ceremony not to be broadcast either on radio or television.

What the Stars Ate Last Night

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2011 Governors Ball

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How do you keep 1,500 power players well-fed and happy on Hollywood’s biggest night? No one knows better than Wolfgang Puck, who has been catering the Governor’s Ball—traditionally stars’ first stop of the night after the Oscar ceremony—since 1994. Winners Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa  Leo and Christian Bale were among last night’s guests; the spread included sushi stations, h’ors d’oeuvres like mini kobe sliders and smoked lobster tacos and pan-roasted Doversole (a nod to the inevitability of The King’s Speech sweep, perhaps?)

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