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an association whose membership is comprised of thousands of professionals in cinema production, established in 1927 and primarily known for the annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. Abbreviation: AMPAS
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Also called the Academy, the Mo·tion Pic·ture A·cad·e·my .

Origin of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

First recorded in 1925–30

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The long official name of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [uh-kad-uh-mee uhv moh-shuhn pik-cher ahrtsuhn sahy-uhn-siz] /əˈkæd ə mi ʌv ˈmoʊ ʃən ˈpɪk tʃər ˈɑrts ən ˈsaɪ ən sɪz/ is commonly shortened to simply the Academy [theeuh-kad-uh-mee] /ði əˈkæd ə mi/ or to the abbreviation AMPAS. Some speakers pronounce the abbreviation [am-puhs]. /ˈæm pəs/. However, this shorter pronunciation appears to be rare.

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What is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a film industry organization best known for hosting the Academy Awards, an annual award ceremony to honor excellence in film.

The award presented during the ceremony—a statuette in the form of a gold-plated figure—is called an Academy Award and is popularly known as an Oscar. The event itself is most commonly referred to as the Oscars. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is commonly called the Academy for short. Many Academy Award recipients are known for starting their acceptance speeches with “I’d like to thank the Academy.”

It’s sometimes abbreviated AMPAS.

The Academy’s thousands of members are industry professionals in both creative and technical professions.

Winning an Academy Award is often considered the most prestigious honor in the film industry, and the ceremony is often seen as the premiere awards show event. It is known for being attended by many top celebrities in the film and entertainment industry—many of whom are Academy members.

When was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was established in 1927 by prominent film industry members, including Louis B. Mayer and Douglas Fairbanks. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The event was first fully televised in 1953.

The source of the nickname Oscar is thought to be Margaret Herrick, an Academy librarian and later its executive secretary. She is said to have nicknamed the award statuette Oscar in 1931 because it reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. The name started to be used in an official way by the Academy in 1939.

Nominations for Academy Awards in most categories are made by active members of the Academy with a specialty in the field that relates to that category. For example, cinematographers make nominations in the category of cinematography. All voting members of the Academy can nominate for best picture. The nominations are then voted on by the entire voting body, and votes are tallied by a third party that keeps the results secret until the ceremony.

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How is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences discussed in real life?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is most popularly referred to as the Academy. Winners of Academy Awards are known for thanking the Academy in their acceptance speeches.

 

 

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