19 March…

Tonight in 1953, for the first time the Oscar’s (or the Academy Awards) is transmitted onto TV screens in America.

Originally the winners of the Academy Awards, which began in 1929, were given to the newspapers to publish at 11pm on the night of the ceremony. However one paper broke this agreement and published the results before the ceremony began. Since then the envelopes containing the winner’s name are sealed and not opened until the award is given.

Public interest was always high in the Oscars, the second ceremony was even broadcast over the radio, it wouldn’t be until tonight in 1953 that the audience could see the awards.

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