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History of the Academy Awards

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A picture of an Oscar Statue for the Academy Awards ceremony.

President of R.S. Owens holds an Oscar statue at the company headquarters January 26, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. R.S. Owens manufactures the Oscar statues which are presented at the Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Although the very first Academy Awards ceremony was a small affair, it has grown over the years to be the glamor event of the year. The Academy Awards ceremony is in part about honoring the actors and actresses who created amazing films over the year, but it has equally become about the host, the dresses, and the unexpected events. Browse through this year-by-year history of the Academy Awards ceremonies. Be sure to check out the 1st Annual Academy Awards to see how the ceremony began.

(Since the ceremony celebrates the films and actors of an entire year, the Academy Awards ceremony is always held in the spring of the following year; thus, the years listed below are the years of the films, not the date of the actual Academy Awards ceremony.)

1927-28 - 1st Annual Academy Awards
1928-29 - 2nd Annual Academy Awards
1929-30 - 3rd Annual Academy Awards
1930-31 - 4th Annual Academy Awards
1931-32 - 5th Annual Academy Awards
1932-33 - 6th Annual Academy Awards
1934 - 7th Annual Academy Awards
1935 - 8th Annual Academy Awards
1936 - 9th Annual Academy Awards
1937 - 10th Annual Academy Awards
1938 - 11th Annual Academy Awards
1939 - 12th Annual Academy Awards
1940 - 13th Annual Academy Awards
1941 - 14th Annual Academy Awards
1942 - 15th Annual Academy Awards
1943 - 16th Annual Academy Awards
1944 - 17th Annual Academy Awards
1945 - 18th Annual Academy Awards
1946 - 19th Annual Academy Awards
1947 - 20th Annual Academy Awards
1948 - 21st Annual Academy Awards
1949 - 22nd Annual Academy Awards
1950 - 23rd Annual Academy Awards
1951 - 24th Annual Academy Awards
1952 - 25th Annual Academy Awards
1953 - 26th Annual Academy Awards
1954 - 27th Annual Academy Awards
1955 - 28th Annual Academy Awards
1956 - 29th Annual Academy Awards
1957 - 30th Annual Academy Awards
1958 - 31st Annual Academy Awards
1959 - 32nd Annual Academy Awards
1960 - 33rd Annual Academy Awards
1961 - 34th Annual Academy Awards
1962 - 35th Annual Academy Awards
1963 - 36th Annual Academy Awards
1964 - 37th Annual Academy Awards
1965 - 38th Annual Academy Awards
1966 - 39th Annual Academy Awards
1967 - 40th Annual Academy Awards
1968 - 41st Annual Academy Awards
1969 - 42nd Annual Academy Awards
1970 - 43rd Annual Academy Awards
1971 - 44th Annual Academy Awards
1972 - 45th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 27, 1973)
1973 - 46th Annual Academy Awards (held on April 2, 1974)
1974 - 47th Annual Academy Awards (held on April 8, 1975)
1975 - 48th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 29, 1976)
1976 - 49th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 28, 1977)
1977 - 50th Annual Academy Awards (held on April 3, 1978)
1978 - 51st Annual Academy Awards (held on April 9, 1979)
1979 - 52nd Annual Academy Awards (held on April 14, 1980)
1980 - 53rd Annual Academy Awards (held on March 31, 1981)
1981 - 54th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 29, 1982)
1982 - 55th Annual Academy Awards (held on April 11, 1983)
1983 - 56th Annual Academy Awards (held on April 9, 1984)
1984 - 57th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 25, 1985)
1985 - 58th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 24, 1986)
1986 - 59th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 31, 1987)
1987 - 60th Annual Academy Awards (held on April 11, 1988)
1988 - 61st Annual Academy Awards (held on April 29, 1989)
1989 - 62nd Annual Academy Awards (held on March 26, 1990)
1990 - 63rd Annual Academy Awards (held on March 25, 1991)
1991 - 64th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 30, 1992)
1992 - 65th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 29, 1993)
1993 - 66th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 21, 1994)
1994 - 67th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 27, 1995)
1995 - 68th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 25, 1996)
1996 - 69th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 24, 1997)
1997 - 70th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 23, 1998)
1998 - 71st Annual Academy Awards (held on March 21, 1999)
1999 - 72nd Annual Academy Awards (held on March 26, 2000)
2000 - 73rd Annual Academy Awards (held on March 25, 2001)
2001 - 74th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 24, 2002)
2002 - 75th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 23, 2003)
2003 - 76th Annual Academy Awards (held on February 29, 2004)
2004 - 77th Annual Academy Awards (held on February 27, 2005)
2005 - 78th Annual Academy Awards (held on March 5, 2006)
2006 - 79th Annual Academy Awards (held on February 25, 2007)
2007 - 80th Annual Academy Awards (held on February 24, 2008)
2008 - 81st Annual Academy Awards (held on February 22, 2009)
2009 - 82nd Annual Academy Awards (held on March 7, 2010)
2010 - 83rd Annual Academy Awards (held on February 27, 2011)

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