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But what are the Oscars really?

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, represent one of the most prestigious and anticipated awards in the film industry. Their history has its roots in 1929, when the first ceremony took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Initially, the Oscars aimed to recognize excellence in filmmaking across 12 categories.                  Over the years, the event has undergone several transformations. From the beginning, when the ceremony was a relatively intimate event, to live shows involving millions of viewers around the world. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, the Oscars helped lift spirits by providing an opportunity to celebrate the art of film.

The Oscar winner has also played a significant role in promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry. Over the years, several films and actors have made history by winning awards that transcended barriers of race, gender and nationality. A key moment was in 2002, when Halle Berry became the first black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.                               There was no shortage of memorable moments and controversies during the Oscar ceremonies. Fiery speeches, dreamy outfits, surprises and disappointments have fueled public interest over the years. The choice of nominations and winners has often generated debates on justice and equity, urging the Academy to reflect on the representativeness of the cinematographic panorama.     Over the decades, the Oscars have continued to evolve to reflect changes in society and the film industry. With the advent of new technologies and streaming platforms, the definition of "film" has expanded, leading to new challenges and discussions regarding eligibility rules.       The Oscars have left an indelible mark on the history of cinema, celebrating extraordinary talent and helping to define the standards of excellence in the art of cinema. Despite criticism and controversy, the magic of the Oscars endures, continuing to influence and inspire film lovers around the world.

Written by Guendalina Porta


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