There are a number of red carpet events that take place every year, however none brings together so many elements of the entertainment industry like the stellar event of the year, the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. The statuette affectionately called Oscar is the most recognized trophy in the world and it has adorned the mantels of the finest filmmakers since the Academy’s inception in 1929. The Oscar’s official name is Academy Award of Merit and it stands 13.5 inches high, weighs 8.5 pounds and has been presented to 2,947 members of the film industry. The Academy Awards is the result of the vision of a group of men with a desire to create a way to honor outstanding movie making achievements and to encourage consistent excellence in all categories of motion picture production. Out of that gathering in 1927, has become today one of the most anticipated events of the year.
The event is typically hosted by one person, however a recent announcement made by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, who will produce the 2016 Oscars, indicated there will be two hosts. The remarks were made during a recent interview with the producers. Many suspect the two hosts will be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who have been honored guests of the Golden Globe awards for the last three years. According to David, “Two is better than one,” after all if one “drops dead from cardiac arrest, the second host goes on!” Fortunately the last time two people hosted the Oscars was in 2011, in which either James Franco or Anne Hathaway met their demise. The 88th Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Shortly after the announcement a buzz began about who people felt would be either great hosts or not. Notable entertainers that work well together create a long list of potential candidates to adorn the stage as hosts at the 2016 stellar event. To add strength to the wave of contributors here is a short list gleaned from around the web of who some say is a dream list of options:
Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller
Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore
Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon
Each couple in their own rite would bring something unique to the Oscars in 2016, adding a delightful twist to an event that is sure to thrill over 36 million viewers when the cameras start to roll on Oscar Sunday.
So what is all the excitement about any way? Believe it or not, the film industry has quite the illustrious history and the stellar event that exemplifies exceptional talent, acting to perfection and extraordinary writing is no exception. The first Academy Awards event was presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences on May 16, 1929 in which the best films of 1927 and 1928 were honored. A private dinner with only 270 people took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. It is the only ceremony of the Academy Awards’ history that was not broadcast on the radio or television.
Although the categories have changed over the years, one of the most consistent themes about the Oscars is the fact that winners have reached the pinnacle of film making achievement. The winners are chosen through a process of nomination and voted on by their peers in each category, for instance only a director is eligible to submit nominations for best director. Only members of the Academy are eligible to participate in the process of selecting the best nominee in each of the 25 categories.
For many the Academy Awards is the best opportunity to see so many of their favorite celebrities in the film industry at one time, however for so many others the stellar event also offer a brief glimpse into the latest fashion of the amazing Hollywood stars, who are all but compelled to comply.
By Jireh Gibson
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