Friday, March 5, 2010

Find: First Academy Awards 1927-28

Imagine what it was like in 1929, attending the very first Academy Awards for 1927-28. The private black tie event was a far cry from the big glitzy affair of current times. Guests enjoyed a sumptious dinner, which proved to be the highlight of the night since the actual ceremony only lasted 15 minutes! Winners were announced three months prior to the award ceremony, so no one had to worry about impromptu speeches and over the top thank you's. In fact, because of the lack of surprise, the first Academy Awards had no accompanying tv or radio broadcast. The second Academy Awards included a radio broadcast, but a television broadcast didn't happen until 1953.

The very first Best Actress Oscar went to Janet Gaynor, who won for starring roles in Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Imagine what she wore to the Academy Awards...

Janet Gaynor with Frank Borzage and her Best Actress Oscar 
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If old Hollywood is your thing, check out the People Working Cooperatively Oscar Night in America VIP After-Party, on Sunday March 7th. The theme this year is "It Came From Hollywood" which is an hommage to all things...well, old, glamorous and Hollywood. All proceed from the event benefit PWC's outreach programs including Modifications for Mobility, which assists with critical home modification projects that are typically too expensive for its low-income, disabled clients, including handicapped-accessible ramps, grab bars, bathroom and kitchen modifications. Your $20 at the door gets you fun events, food and specialty drinks.

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