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Annual awards granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in various categories

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.

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Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Annual award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences given since 1956 for excellence to a feature-length film produced outside the United States with non-English dialogue
Academy Award for Best Picture, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Annual award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences given since 1929 to the producers of what is considered the Best Picture of the Year

Articles

South Park Libertarians: Trey Parker and Matt Stone on liberals, conservatives, censorship, and religion, by Nick Gillespie, Jesse Walker, Reason, Dec 2006
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
Yet I suspect that Matt and Trey's greatest honor was being nominated for an Oscar for Best Song, "Blame Canada," from their 1999 film South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, and then losing to Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan. ... More commonly, though, the show takes on serious topics in a hilarious manner. ... Another episode warns of a "smug alert" emanating from Hollywood after George Clooney's self-congratulatory speech at last year's Oscars. Simply put, for the last decade, South Park has produced the sharpest satire of American politics and culture.
Those Awards, by Murray Rothbard, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Jan 1994
Commentary about the Oscars, with negative remarks about Schindler's List, which Rothbard admits not seeing, and The Piano
... it is already too clear that the fix is in, even more than usual, on the Academy Awards. ... The Oscars have increasingly taken on the dimensions of a racket. ... The major studios have always had special previews for Academy members (i.e., Oscar voters) for the pictures they are hyping for the awards; now, that has been supplemented by videocassettes expressed to the homes of each voter.

Reviews

Arts And Movies, by Murray Rothbard (Mr. First Nighter), The Libertarian Forum, Jan 1973
Discusses cinema as of 1972, contrasting the intellectuals' choices to those of the bourgeoisie, choosing an "eight best" list of 1972 movies and closing with comments on various movie critics
Certainly the best film of 1972 was The Godfather ... the New York Film Critics choosing ... Bergman's latest, Cries and Whispers ... I have faith, however, that the good old bourgeois Academy will spurn the Continental mish-mash and heap its awards on the truly great Godfather ... Best director ... Francis Ford Coppola gets our accolade ... For best supporting actor, Robert Duvall will probably get the Academy Award ... For best actress, there is simply no one that I can choose: 1972 was a bad year for actresses. Please, Academy, not the impossibly awkward and pseudo-elfin Liza Minelli in Cabaret!
Related Topics: Films, The Godfather

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Academy Awards" as of 24 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.