The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, are presented at a ceremony honoring the movie industry, including actors, actresses, filmmakers, producers, etc. Each year a total of 24 awards are given out. The categories include best picture, lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, best director, animated feature, animated short, adapted screenplay, original screenplay, cinematography, best documentary feature, best documentary short subject, best live action short film, best foreign language film, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, production design, original score, original song, hair and makeup, costume design and visual effects. The winner of the award will stand on the stage in front of everyone and will be handed a golden statue known as the “Academy Award of Merit”. Typically a speech will be given by the winner to thank everyone for the opportunity.
The first Awards were held in 1929 at the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Changes to the event have been made since then, for example, the winners are announced three months in advance, where as today they are put in an envelope and are not announced until the ceremony. The sealed-envelope method did not come out until 1941 to bring more suspense to the event. The Awards can be watched on about any TV channel and will start around 8 p.m ET (Eastern Time). Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event this year as he did last year.
The night’s most talked about movie was also the night’s big winner. The Shape of Water won four of its 13 nominations. The four awards were Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, and Best Production Design. This year about 140 pieces of music must be prepared to play as background throughout the event, including hip-hop, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and the top score songs. The orchestra musicians are hand picked throughout the country every year. The Oscars musical director, Harold Wheeler, told interviewers that are picked “for their proficiency and for their versatility”.