Oscars 2012: Academy Awards through the years

The first ce­re­mony made the Los Angeles Times front page un­der the head­line “Film-Mer­it Trophies Awar­ded." Cov­er­age was all of one pho­to­graph and two para­graphs. Since then the Academy Awards have be­come an event watched around the world.

The first Academy Awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt's Blossom Room May 16, 1929

Best picture: 'Wings'

Be­fore a large gath­er­ing of mo­tion-pic­ture celebrit­ies and oth­er not­ables, the first Academy Awards ce­re­mony is held at the Hol­ly­wood Roosevelt Hotel. Academy Pres­id­ent Douglas Fairb­anks handed out 15 statuettes for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in 1927 and 1928.

Act­or: Emil Jan­nings, “The Last Com­mand" and “The Way of all Flesh"
Act­ress: Janet Gaynor, “Sev­enth Heav­en," “Street An­gel" and “Sun­rise"
Dir­ect­or: Frank Borz­age, “Sev­enth Heav­en"

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