“There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” — Frank Capra, Italian-American Filmmaker, Director of “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
The very first Academy Awards ceremony was held 90 years ago today at a small, private gathering at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, but this was no occasion for long speeches thanking agents and managers — the first edition of the Oscars lasted only fifteen minutes and was attended by a modest crowd of 270 of the film industry’s luminaries. Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Douglas Fairbanks, tickets to attend this historic event were just five bucks — that’s about $75 today adjusted for inflation! The WWI silent film “Wings” took home the Oscar for Best Picture and the romantic dramas “7th Heaven” and “Sunrise” each took from three awards, setting the standard for this important night dedicated to honoring the year’s best films.