On May 18, 1929, Hollywood’s high society gathered in the time-honored Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the very first Oscars in film history.
One might say that the 84th Oscars ceremony, which will take place this Sunday, doesn’t have much in common with the party held back then: different place, different movies and different stars. Back in 1929, the first film to be awarded with an Oscar was the silent film Wings. A silent film! This is probably the biggest difference to today’s ceremony, one might think.
Surprisingly, one of this year’s favourites is as close as a movie could get to the productions of yesteryear – The Artist. Together with Martin Scorcese’s heavyweight release Hugo, the French black and white silent film is tipped to be the star this Sunday night.
Euronews will be covering the ceremony with a live blog from 22:00 C.E.T.
Actress in a leading role
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help
Michelle Williams in My week with Marilyn
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (won BAFTA, Golden Globe, nominated for SAGA)
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Actors in a leading role
George Clooney in The Descendants
Demián Bichir in A better life
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Alexander Payne with The Descendants
Martin Scorsese with Hugo
Michel Hazanavicius with The Artist
Terrence Malick with The Tree of life
Woody Allen with Midnight in Paris
- The Artist by Thomas Langmann
- The Descendants by Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
- Extremely loud & incredibly close by Scott Rudin
- The Help by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan
- Hugo by Graham King and Martin Scorsese
- Midnight in Paris by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
- Moneyball by Michel De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt
- The Tree of life by Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill
- War Horse Horse by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy