Eighty-Four Years of Oscar!

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The very first Academy Awards, or Oscars, was held on this day in 1929 at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood, California. Back then it was a much simpler affair than the hours-long, star-studded spectacular that we are familiar with today. The day started with a private brunch for about 270 people. Fifteen statues were presented that day, although the winners had been announced months earlier. There was a post-awards party at the Mayfair Hotel, where tickets sold for five dollars.

Learn more about the history of the Academy Awards at your Milwaukee Public Library!

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