The 85th Annual Academy Awards Are Coming!

The 85th Annual Academy Awards Are Coming!

2013 Academy Awards

Have you seen any good movies lately? Well it’s been quite a year even if you haven’t! As some may know, the most coveted and anticipated awards ceremony of the year is quickly approaching. It’s become quite the spectacle in the last few as viewers and nominees anxiously await the announcing of the winners. A little history about the award ceremony according to

Far from the eagerly anticipated and globally televised event it is today, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye during an Academy banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, 1929 dinner in the hotel’s Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5. And there was little suspense when the awards were presented that night, as the recipients had already been announced three months earlier. That all changed the following year, however, when the Academy kept the results secret until the ceremony but gave a list in advance to newspapers for publication at 11 p.m. on the night of the Awards. This policy continued until 1940 when, much to the Academy’s surprise, the Los Angeles Times broke the embargo and published the names of the winners in its evening edition – which was readily available to guests arriving for the ceremony. That prompted the Academy in 1941 to adopt the sealed-envelope system still in use today.

That’s all fine and dandy but what about that little gold man? Apparently he goes back to the beginning. There is much dispute over where the name “Oscar” came from, but the form itself has been indisputable since 1928.  Made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword and standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes each represent one of the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians. In 1928, while in need of a model for his statuette, MGM’s art director Cedric Gibbons was introduced to actor Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. Reluctant at first, Fernández was finally convinced to pose nude to create what today is known as the “Oscar”. Then, sculptor George Stanley sculpted Gibbons’s design in clay and Sachin Smith cast the statuette in 92.5 percent tin and 7.5 percent copper and then gold-plated it.  Since 1983, approximately 50 Oscars are made each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R.S. Owens & Company. How about that? So as we prepare ourselves for all the beautiful dresses and handsome tuxes, we want to know who you’ve picked for this year’s big winners. Who will it be? Here’s a quick rundown of the “Big 4”, as I like to call it. And the nominees are:

Best Picture:

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bradley Cooper
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Denzel Washington

Best Actress In a Leading Role:

  • Jessica Chastain
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Emmanuelle Riva
  • Quvenzhané Wallis
  • Naomi Watts

Best Director: 

  • Amour (Michael Haneke)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)
  • Life of Pi (Ang Lee)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
  • Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)

Check out the official site for the rest of the nominations and some fun features and video leading up to the event. Tell us what you think! The Oscars will air on February 24. Get that popcorn ready!

Catharine Coll

Greetings from Creative! I'm Catharine, one of the Graphic Designers here at SF. I spend my days designing away and working with our amazing Marketing team to make our website and brand the best it can possibly be - and then some. I also manage the SF Pinterest. Outside of my daily routine, I enjoy art, fashion, photography, learning to ballroom dance, Muz - my diva of a cat, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and generally have a passion for all things pretty and well designed. I enjoy being over the top festive for every holiday. I have way too many shoes and it takes me months to finish reading a single book. I have the potential energy to become a DIY enthusiast - but I'm not sure that myself, the world, or my roommates are ready for it yet.