Academy Awards

by on February 25, 2011
in Film Festivals

Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are popularly known as the Oscars and are held every year in North America to honor the efforts and hard work of those who have entertained the audience with their brilliant work.    How Academy Awards got the name Oscars is a mystery which has not been solved to date. The award is extremely prestigious and is considered to be the ultimate recognition of talent in the world of cinema. Winning an Academy award is supposed to be the best thing that can happen to an actor/actress. Even a nomination is a big honor itself.

The Academy Awards were first held in 1929 amongst 270 guests and from a small dinner time award have over the years emerged as the most awaited event of the year televised live in many countries and watched buy millions of people round the globe. The first Academy Award ceremony was aired on the radio and after 1953; it was broadcasted on the television. Now the awards ceremony is watched in 200 countries. The ceremony lasts for four hours.  In the first ceremony, only 15 awards were given out and now the list of categories is pretty long and at a guess 34 awards are given out in various categories including science and technology, foreign films etc. The voting process is fair and foolproof and only two employees know the result prior to the ceremony.

The statuette awarded at the Oscars is 13 ½ inches tall and weighs 3.85 kg. It is in the shape of a gold covered britannium knight standing on a black metal base shaped as a reel of film. The statuette is the property of the academy and not of the recipient; this rule was formed in 1950 and so those who have won this award or inherited it, cannot sell it.  The event is glamour personified and stars try to out do each other in costumes.

Top five film festivals of the World

Film festivals of the WorldFilm festivals are held throughout the year in different countries featuring the productions of directors from the four corners of the world.

Among the various international film festivals, Cannes Film Festival is reputed to be the most prestigious and grand affair of the year. It is held in the elite town of Cannes in May. It is a star studded affair and you can see many celebrities gracing the red carpet. Cannes has become a platform for European movies. Out of competition screening of Hollywood movies is also held. Awards are given in various categories.

The Toronto Film Festival is held in September in Toronto Canada. It is an eleven day event and is also one of the prestigious film fiestas of the world. Around three hundred to four hundred films are screened at the festival with heavy emphasis on Hollywood movies. Movies from other continents such as Asia, Africa, South America as well as Canadian films are also shown.  It is said that the results of this event often influence the Oscars.

Established in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival of the world. The Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi in Rome serves as the venue of this prestigious event. The event occurs in either August or September and acknowledges the efforts of the actors, actresses, directors and other people involved in film making with awards. It also acknowledges the valuable contributions of the key figures in the history of cinema.

The New York Film Festival began in 1963 and since then has grown into a big event and showcases the works of emerging as well as seasoned artistes. The event lasts for 17 days and no prize is awarded as a selection for this prestigious and exclusive event is considered as a prize itself. A movie for the opening day and closing day are however chosen.

Berlin in Germany is the venue of one of the most grand film galas of the world; the Berlin Film Festival aka Berlinale. It is a beautiful gathering of international art and glamor. More than 400 films are screened under various sections and winners are awarded with the Gold and Silver Bear awards.