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16/05/1929 The Oscars are born

The first Academy Awards ceremony took place at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. It was attended by 270 people and lasted 15 minutes. Awards, designed and created by Louis B. Mayer, were presented in 12 categories. It was the only Academy Awards ceremony not broadcasted on either radio or television.


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  • 1st Academy Awards 

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