This Day in History

The very first Academy Awards ceremony took place on May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This private dinner event, attended by less than 300 people, marked the beginning of what would become the Oscars, an annual celebration that has grown into the most prestigious and widely watched awards ceremony in the film industry. The establishment of the Academy Awards signaled the burgeoning influence of Hollywood in global culture and its role in setting standards for excellence in filmmaking.