The first Academy Awards ceremony was a banquet dinner held in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929, with winners selected three months prior to the ceremony. The tradition of revealing winners on the night of the ceremony began the following year, and all aspects of the event have grown ever since. The venues have gone from banquet rooms to theaters. The original 15 categories have swelled to 24, and an entirely separate show has been added for Scientific and Technical Awards. The ceremony’s running time has also expanded from an expedient 15 minutes to more than 3 hours.
The Margaret Herrick Library preserves copies of each show’s annual poster. Since the 83rd Academy Awards, we have used one of our copies to collect signatures from the year’s award winners. For example, this one includes such signatures as Rick Baker (Best Makeup and Hairstyling), Christian Bale (Best Supporting Actor), Colin Firth (Best Actor), Melissa Leo (Best Supporting Actress), Natalie Portman (Best Actress) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Best Original Score).
Academy Awards show posters, both signed and unsigned, are held in the Graphic Arts department of the Margaret Herrick Library. The library also houses Academy Awards show-related materials in our Special Collections and Photograph Archives.
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