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Tonight: The Academy Awards!

How did the Academy Awards Start?

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Once again tonight’s 92nd Academy Awards will be host-free, and proves to be an entertaining event, with a star-studded line-up of nominees, including such Hollywood legends as Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Brad Pitt, Renée Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, and many more.

The film Joker, the dark origin story of Batman’s titular nemesis, is nominated for many awards, and its lead actor, Joaquin Phoenix, is a favorite for winning, despite the tough field.

In a year when the event’s commitment to diversity has been questioned, Cynthia Erivo is the only woman of color nominated for Best Actress in Harriet, the riveting biography of the Underground Railroad’s Harriet Tubman: a former slave who risked her life to lead others to freedom in the ante bellum south.

History of the Event

The Academy Awards (officially rebranded as “The Oscars” in 2013) originated in 1929, as a means to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the motion picture industry.

There was a small, private dinner ceremony on May 16, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California—under 300 people attended. An after-party at the Mayfair Hotel followed the main ceremony. Fifteen artists, directors and film-industry professionals were honored, but in contrast to later ceremonies, the winners had already been announced to the press three months earlier.

The tradition of the surprise reveal started with the second awards ceremony, in 1930, and the sealed envelope was introduced in 1941, after a newspaper leaked the news prematurely (the papers were given winning names early, with the agreement that they wouldn’t publish until 11:00 pm the night of the big event.)

The first Best Actor award went to Emil Jannings, for “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh.” It’s interesting to note that the early awards were given for all the work done by the recipient during the qualifying period, unlike modern awards, which are typically given for one specific film project. Life time achievement awards are one exception to this modern trend.

Another difference of interest to film enthusiasts pertains to the Foreign Film category. Foreign films were honored with special achievement awards until 1957, at the 29th Academy Awards Ceremony, when the Foreign Film Category was added to the repertoire.

To date nearly three thousand Oscar statuettes have been awarded to a wide range of film professionals and personalities.

While the Oscars honor outstanding achievement in motion pictures, the following major awards honor outstanding achievement in other entertainment and media venues:

  • Grammy Awards – Music industry
  • Emmy Awards – Television
  • Tony Awards – Stage Performance

Happy New Year—2020!

Happy New Year! Some important events in 2016

The management team of Face Activities extends our sincere wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all the people of the world, where ever you live, and what ever you do! We wish you good health, peace and joy in the year to come.

The year 2019 was quite a game changer on a number of fronts, and we surely live in chaotic times. We hope 2020 will be joyful and wonderful for all, and the beginning of a change in the tide. 

Photo: By Jay Huang from Pleasanton, USA – CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

What is Christmas?

What is Christmas?

The management team of Face Activities wishes our members a safe, happy, and Merry Christmas, where ever you are, throughout the world. We wish for ‘Peace on Earth, and Good Will Towards Men’, as the saying goes. Let this be a time to be with family and friends, to reflect on the better virtues and saving graces of humanity, and reach out to others in friendship.

 

 

“Christmas is marked on the 25 December (7 January for Orthodox Christians).

Christmas is a Christian holy day that marks the birth of Jesus, the son of God, according to the Christian religion.

The story of Christmas

Jesus’ birth, known as the nativity, is described in the New Testament of the Bible.

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke give different accounts. It is from them that the nativity story is pieced together.

Both accounts tell us that Jesus was born to a woman called Mary who was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The Gospels state that Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant.

In Luke’s account Mary was visited by an angel who brought the message that she would give birth to God’s son. According to Matthew’s account, Joseph was visited by an angel who persuaded him to marry Mary rather than send her away or expose her pregnancy…” (BBC)

Learn more about the Christmas Holiday (BBC)

 

Photo: By Bartolomé Esteban Murillo – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain, Link

Happy Thanksgiving! What’s the history of this traditional holiday?

History of Thanksgiving

The management team of Face Activities wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our members who celebrate this traditional American Holiday! We hope you enjoy a joyful, bountiful holiday with friends and family.

 

Learn about the history of the American Thanksgiving Holiday (History Channel / Youtube)

Millions of Americans will travel to sit down with family members across the land for a grand feast, typically comprising turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and much more. But what is the history of this very American holiday?

Photo: By Glen Edelson from ATLANTA, USA – Turkey Time, CC BY 2.0, Link

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