The day the first Oscars were awarded – level 2


Louis Mayer was a film producer in the 1920s. He wanted to give his actors some awards. He started a company which gave awards for great work in the film industry.

The award was a small gold statue. It weighed 4 kilos. Over time, it became known as the Oscar.

The first winners were announced on February 18, 1929. Three months later, 270 people attended the ceremony where the awards were given to fifteen winners. The entry fee was $5, and the media interest in the first year was minimal. One of those who won the Oscar in 1929 was Charlie Chaplin for his film “Circus”.

Many things changed during the following years. Now, the Oscars are a big show and their winners are known all over the world.

In total, more than 3,000 Oscars were awarded to people since 1929.

Difficult words: award (a prize given for something special), announce (to say officially), entry fee (money which you pay for entering a special place), media interest (when the television, radio, and newspaper reporters want to talk about something), minimal (very small), awarded (given as a prize).

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