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What Movie Won The First Academy Award for Best Picture?


Wings (1927) was a silent movie about fighter pilots during World War I, won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture (then called "Best Production"). The other nominees in the Best Picture (Best Production) category that year were The Racket and Seventh Heaven. Wings was also the only film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Engineering Effects.

Who Hosted or Co-Hosted the Ceremony 18 Times in His Career?

Bob Hope

Bob Hope hosted or co-hosted the Academy Awards 18 times during his career -- but he never won an acting award. During the 1968 ceremony, he joked: "Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's known at my house, Passover." Bob Hope did receive several Honorary Academy Awards: 1941: Special silver plaque - In recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry. 1945: Lifetime membership in the Academy - For his many services to the Academy. 1953: Honorary Oscar - For his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise. 1966: Gold Medal - For unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy.

What Year was the First Academy Awards Ceremony Held?


The very first Academy Awards ceremony was held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929. There were 250 people in attendance, and tickets cost $10. Today, attendance at the Academy Awards is by invitation only -- no tickets are sold to the public.