The First Oscars Ceremony Ever: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Big Night In 1929
The time has finally come — It's Oscar night! A night when we gather to celebrate the best films and performances of the year created by predominantly older white guys as selected by a panel of predominantly older white guys! This Sunday night, Neil Patrick Harris will host what is sure to be a glamorous evening of celebrities in suits and spanx being asked to "twirl." The 86th annual Academy Awards will air at 8:30 pm PT on ABC, but you can also catch them live online.
Even though you can now watch the Oscars on your device of choice while eating assorted snacks and refusing pants, unfortunately not much else has changed since the first-ever Oscars in 1929. Still mostly white dudes, often sexist, and so I find that nostalgia for "classic" bygone eras can be overrated and misguided. However, there are lessons to be learned in revisiting the Oscars of yore, and if we can take away just one thing from the first ever Oscar ceremony that has changed that I'm pretty sure we can all be grateful for, is that celery is no longer a socially accepted appetizer. CELERY SHOULD NOT BE A FOOD.
Let's rewind and revisit this dark period celery appetizers and "chicken on toast" with some other fun facts you probably didn't know about the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony.
The First Oscar Presentation & Banquet Was Held On May 16, 1929:
A night of mystery. Glamour. Intrigue.
Attendees Gathered For A Formal Dinner At The Blossom Room Inside The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The ceremony was an intimate gathering of about 270 people.
Here Are Some Offerings Guests May Have Eaten For Dinner:
There Was a Themed Cocktail Bar
Where do I sign up for this thrilling adventure in drinks?
Guests Enjoyed 35 Cent Rum & Cokes
The thrilling adventure in drinks costs less than a dollar?!
This Is Janet Gaynor:
And a tiny golden man.
She Won Best Actress For Her Roles In 7th Heaven, Street Angel & Sunrise.
Oscars on Oscars on Oscars.
Here She Is Accepting The Award From Academy President Doug Fairbanks:
The Award For Best Picture Went To Wings
Starring Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen, and Gary Cooper.
Charlie Chaplin Was There
Chaplin received an Honorary Award for his multiple nominations and contributions to the film industry.
Did You Know?
2947 Oscars have been given out since that first ceremony in 1929.