The Academy Awards
The Academy Awards began as the brainchild of Louis B. Mayer. On January 11, 1927, the MGM studio chief invited 36 people to his home for dinner to discuss the creation of an organization to benefit the film industry.
The attendees included some of the biggest names in the industry including, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille and Sid Grauman. Three months after that dinner, the State of California granted the Academy a charter as a non-profit organization.
The first actual awards were officially presented at a black-tie dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tomorrow night people all over the world will be watching the 84 award show that will be broadcast from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood – directly across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt.
Over the years we’ve seen many changes in the film industry. Too often art has given way to formulaic. Fortunately, there are always a few surprise films that stand out among the rest and this year’s surprise is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. A sweet story, a good ensemble, a wonderful soundtrack and Paris. What more could we ask for in a movie?
Enjoy a cut from the soundtrack by Stephane Wrembel – Bistro Fada: