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Academy Awards


The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.


  • History 

  • Oscar statuette 

  • Nomination 

  • Awards ceremonies 

  • Venues 

  • Awards of Merit categories 

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  • Criticism 

  • Associated events 

  • Presenter and performer gifts 

  • Television ratings and advertisement prices 

  • Trademark