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2006: 78th Oscar Awards

Oscar Awards - 78th Edition

The Oscar Awards 2006 will be held on the 5th of March - Sunday. This will already be the 78th edition of the most famous awards in the film industry.

The official nominations will be announced for January 31st but if you want you can already have a look at the official webpage of the Academy: Oscar Awards Of course, in the mean time rumours will go round very quickly about who will be on this “so wanted” list.

Special Effects Nominations

Films that people already speak of as favourites for the section of special effects are: King Kong, Harry Potter, Star Wars III, the War of the Worlds, Batman Begins, the Chronicles of Narnia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The outcome will be interesting.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Even though we all know about the Oscars, how many of you know who is behind this Award? In fact it is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Award is only a part of the Academy’s work but has become finally its most famous activity. Let’s face it, the Oscar Awards have been held since 1929.

As to quote the website of the organisation, the Oscar Awards have quickly become very famous and the television revolution has added another dimension:

"In their first year, the Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with fewer than 250 persons attending. Public interest proved so great, however, that the following year the Academy permitted radio broadcasting of the event. Television added a new dimension in 1953, enabling millions throughout the United States and Canada to watch the ceremonies. Telecasting in colour was begun in 1966, bringing home viewers the full sparkle and glamour of the event. Since 1969, the Awards program has been telecast throughout the world, by the mid-1990s reaching movie fans in over 100 countries."

Flashback on the Oscar Awards 2005

With the enormous quantity of films that are made every year, I’m sure you have forgotten about who where the winners - and nominees - from last year.

Just to give you a way to refresh your mind, have a look at the webpage where all is listed again: Oscar winners 2005

Let’s wait now for the nominations and the vent itself for this year’s 78th edition soon to come.

The homepage of the website of the Academy and the Oscar Awards:

[7 January 2006]

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