Today in History: Academy Awards Airs on NBC

| March 19, 2018

180319_news_219x365“And the envelope, please.” These words are familiar to millions of viewers who await with baited breath the announcement of the Oscar winner for best actor, best actress, best picture, and a host of other prestigious awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hollywood at its finest, honoring outstanding achievement, fanfare of fashion — a major production in itself. How could you miss seeing the most extraordinary dresses and enjoying the entertainment, while looking back at the movies you watched, didn’t watch, or perhaps still hope to watch?

March 19, 1953 marks the first NBC telecast of the Academy Awards from the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. Bob Hope starred as the master of ceremonies (and would go to serve as host for the next eighteen years), as Oscars were presented by Fredric March to numerous actors, including Gary Cooper (High Noon) and Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba). Sealed envelopes waiting to be opened with great anticipation, Oscar night has become one of Hollywood’s most glamorous events boasting increased audiences, thanks to televised coverage.

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