Vintage Photos Of Hollywood Icons Attending The Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony is one of the biggest nights in Hollywood. The gala began on May 16, 1929, and its main purpose was to honor the best films of the past year. As the years have gone by, many of Hollywood’s elite members have sought out the golden statues in hopes of winning Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and more.

One highlight of the evening is seeing all the glamorous outfits worn by the stars. While the fashions have changed drastically, there is still a lot of nostalgia from looking back at the photos from Oscars past.

The First Awards Ceremony Was Shorter Than Expected

william c. demille handing an oscar to mary pickford, warner baxter, and hans kraly
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The first Academy Awards ceremony on May 16, 1929, was a night to remember. Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show and tickets for the private dinner cost five dollars. Back then they kept it short and simple by handing out every award within 15 minutes. Now, the Academy Awards tend to go a little over three hours.

Some big winners from that night included Mary Pickford as Best Actress for her role in My Best Girl, Warner Baxter for Best Actor for his role in Old Arizona, and Hans Kraly for Best Screenplay for The Patriot.