The day the first Oscars were awarded – level 3


Louis Mayer was a film producer in the 1920s. He wanted to give his actors some awards for their work to make their relationship stronger. That was why he founded an Academy that awarded prizes for films and acting every year.

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

The Academy announced the first winners 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”.

Much has changed since that time. Over the years, the Oscars have become a big show and their winners are known all over the world.

In total, more than 3,000 Oscars have been awarded.

Difficult words: award (a prize given for something special), found (to start an organization), Academy (a special organization that is about a certain type of work), acting (the job that actors do), media (television, radio, and newspaper).

What sparked the interest in film in the 1920s?


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