What It Was Like to Attend the First Oscars

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The Academy, looking back on Medium:

On the evening of May 16, 1929, Academy members and their guests, 270 in total, filled the Blossom Room at the Roosevelt Hotel for a banquet featuring the presentation of the Academy’s Merit Awards. They dined on fillet of sole, half a broiled chicken on toast, string beans and potatoes. And they all knew the winners.

The awards lasted 20 minutes. That's not a typo.

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