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The Academy Awards, also know worldwide as the Oscars, were first handed out in the 1920s, but it wasn't until the 25th award ceremony that they were shown on television. Since then, the awards have been broadcast live annually, and they can now be seen in over 100 different countries. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, founded by Louis B. Mayer, intended the awards to recognize excellence in the film industry. They award films and filmmakers for their work in the previous calendar year.

Since 1999, the ceremony has been shown on ABC, usually in late February. The Oscars have gone through several different venues over the years, from the Pantages Theater, to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to the Shrine Auditorium. But now they take place at the Kodak Theater, which was renamed the Dolby Theater, at Hollywood and Highland, in Los Angeles. Many well-known comedic personalities have hosted the Oscars, and every year, the ceremony welcomes a host of Hollywood stars to feature as presenters for the 3 to 4 hour running time.

Some of the most notable categories for the Academy Awards include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. There are also awards for music, cinematography, writing, editing, and short films, among others. The ceremony typically features a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, as well as musical numbers and an In Memoriam section to honor those in the industry who died in the past year.

Although there are nine types of Academy Awards, the golden art deco statue is the most well-known. There are many prevailing myths as to why it was named an Oscar, but the most widely accepted story is that the Academy's executive secretary, Margaret Herrick, declared in 1939 that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar. The name has stuck ever since, and now the awards are officially called the Oscars.

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  • Part 3. Honors for achievements in film take place in Los Angeles; Neil Patrick Harris hosts.

  • Part 2. Honors for achievements in film take place in Los Angeles; Neil Patrick Harris hosts.

  • Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Academy Awards from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

  • Part 2. Join ABC and the Academy for Hollywood's most spectacular night.

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This Is Perhaps the Most Uncomfortable Photo of John Travolta Ever Taken

John Travolta, we need to talk. We know that we haven't been particularly kind to you of late. The whole Adele Dazeem thing aside, we've all made fun of you a lot for being what we assume to be a closeted gay man. It's not right to make assumptions about a person's sexuality, especially not in a public setting, and for that we apologize. But John, we really need to talk about the way you're touching women. You got on stage tonight and creeped the living hell out of poor Idina Menzel by touching her face and saying god knows what because we couldn't hear you over the sound of our collective cringeing.

Yidio's 2015 Oscar Winner Predictions: Who Will Win?

It's almost Oscar time! This Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris will take the stage at what used to be the Kodak Theater to host the Academy Awards, and by the end of the long, long show we'll know which were the best movies, actors, directors and other creatives in Hollywood of the year. That is to say, we'll know whom the Academy chose. So, who will likely win on Sunday? We'll tell you in our list of official Yidio predictions below. As a bonus, we'll also tell you who should win, because inevitably the Oscars get everything wrong.

Oscars Announcer Accidentally Calls Nominee 'Dick Poop'

Hollywood has a new star...and his name is Dick Poop. This morning, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs took the stage to read off some of the nominees for this year's Academy Awards, specifically the lucky people who got nominated in the Best Cinematography category. Cheryl had a bit of a tough time pronouncing some of the more foreign-sounding names, but ironically it was one of the simplest names that tripped her up the most. When it came time to announce Dick Pope, the cinematographer for "Mr.

2015 Razzie Awards Nominations Name 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' As Worst Films of the Year

The Golden Globes have already aired and the Academy Awards are just around the corner, but there's one more awards show that you should be paying attention to: The Razzies. Every year, the Razzie Awards honor the worst movies, actors, writers and directors in Hollywood, giving all of those terrible movies that come out every year a chance to get a trophy of their own. Among the many honorees this year are Michael Bay turds "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," as well as the controversial "Saving Christmas" from Kirk Cameron.

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host the Oscars, Shows Off Bucket List in Announcement Video

This year's Oscars are going to be LEGEN...wait for it... "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the upcoming Academy Awards telecast in early 2015, continuing the triple-threat actor's run of hosting gigs. After rumors quickly began to spread, Harris settled any doubts and made the announcement himself via a video that he posted on his Twitter page. The video is predictably funny and adorable, in true NPH fashion: it starts with him saying "I'm in" into his phone, then looking through his "bucket list" and circling "Host the Oscars" at the bottom.

Ellen DeGeneres to Host Oscars in 2014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 edition of its awards show. This will be the second time that DeGeneres has hosted the show; her debut hosting gig in 2007 drew generally positive reviews. "I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say—the third time's the charm," said DeGeneres in her typically absurdist style. DeGeneres' first time around on the Oscar stage was widely considered to be a success, and her performance garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

Michelle Obama Responds to Oscar-Appearance Backlash

After making an appearance on  this week's “Academy Awards,” to present the honor of Best Picture via satellite, Michelle Obama has faced a lot of negative press. Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, for example, wrote: “It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election)…It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping.

And the Oscar Goes to...

And your Oscar winners for the 85th Annual Academy Awards are... Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day Lewis for his role in “Lincoln” Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook” Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz for his role in “Django Unchained” Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway for her role in “Les Miserables” Best Animated Short Film: “Paperman” Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave” Best Live-Action Short Film: “Curfew” Best Documentary (Short Subject): “Inocente” Best Documentary (Feature): “Searching for a Sugar Man” Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour” Best Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” Best Achievement in Production Design: “Lincoln” Best Achievement in Film Editing: “Argo” Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables” Best Achievement in Sound Editing: TIE.

Seth MacFarlane Sings About Boobs in the Oscar Opener...

In case you missed the opening of tonight’s Oscars and don’t really know what everyone’s talking about… yes, Seth MacFarlane sings. Yes, it’s a song about boobs. At the Academy Awards. “In the movie that we saw, we saw your boobs,” the funnyman sings, with a chorus of tuxedo-dressed men behind him (The Gay Man’s Chorus of Los Angeles). These aren’t just small-bit actresses MacFarlane’s calling out to. We’ve got Anne Hathaway.

Oscar Nominees for Best Actor/Actress - Who Will Win?

In preparation of the Academy Awards this Sunday, here is a quick rundown of all the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Best Actor: Bradley Cooper for his role in “Silver Linings Playbook”. Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in “Lincoln”. Hugh Jackman for his role in “Les Miserables.” Joaquin Phoenix for his role in “The Master”. Denzel Washington for his role in “Flight”.

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