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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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What does AMPAS stand for?

AMPAS stands for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a film industry organization best known for hosting the Academy Awards.

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 abbreviation AMPAS is not that commonly used. 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.”

Where does AMPAS come from?

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.

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 AMPAS used in real life?

Use of the abbreviation AMPAS for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not all that common. It is most popularly referred to as the Academy.



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The awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are commonly called AMPAS.

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