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The notion of presenting awards honoring movies started in the 1920s The idea of showing films in a body for comparative -- and even competitive -- purposes began slightly later In a sense these two developments were a natural product of the evolution of film From the first decade of the twentieth century it was clear that the medium held huge potential as a serious artistic and creative force and midway through the second decade as the American movie industry -- already the most robust in the world -- began realizing this potential through the work of filmmakers such as DW Griffith and Charlie Chaplin it was clear that the medium would grow along those lines with ever-more sophisticated releases each year from all over the world In the silent days of course films were truly international in nature with no serious language barriersThe Academy Awards the oldest of all the major film awards began in the twilight of the silent era The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed on May 4 1927 for the expressed purpose of improving the artistic quality of the film medium Comprised of industry insiders artists craftsmen and employees AMPAS probably would never have attracted much more attention than say an organization of architects and designers but for the fact that it honored very well-known figures such as actors and actresses whose work captured the imagination of millions The first Academy Awards were presented on May 16 1929 honoring the films and performers of 1927 and 1928 in what was essentially an industry celebration of itself The honorees in that first ceremony which took less than 30 minutes and had no live media coverage radio coverage of the awards began in 1930 and television began carrying the awards ceremony in 1953 included a brace of figures who are scarcely remembered at the other end of the century -- Emil Jannings as Best Actor for his performances in
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