The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Reviews the movies of 1972 and offers recommendations for the best (for the record, Godfather won Best Picture, Brando won Best Actor --but refused it, Coppola and Duvall were nominated for Best Director/Supporting Actor but did not win)
Transcript of conversation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, at Reason's August 2006 conference, in Amsterdam, on the future of free expression and free markets in Europe
Commentary about the Oscars, with negative remarks about Schindler's List, which Rothbard admits not seeing, and The Piano
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