Academy Story

1941

1941

Academy President from 1941-1945
Walter Wanger
Keeping it Real
A documentary category appeared on the ballot for the first time.
Academy President for two months
Bette Davis, resigned
1944

1944

Welcome to the Chinese
For the first time the Oscar ceremony is held at the famously popular Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. It would be hosted there through 1946.
1945

1945

Academy President from 1945-1949
Jean Hersholt
1946

1946

The Big Move
The Academy purchased the Marquis Theater building at 9038 Melrose Avenue as its new headquarters. The building had a 950-seat theater (the site of the 1948 Academy Awards) and space for staff offices and the ever-growing library holdings.
1947

1947

Language Lessions
The first special award to honor a foreign language motion picture was given in 1947 to the Italian film “Shoe-Shine.” Seven more special awards were presented before Foreign Language Film became an annual category in 1956.
1949

1949

Academy President from 1949-1955
Charles Brackett
CLOTHES MAKE THE OSCAR
Costume Design was added to the Oscar voting ballots in black-and-white and color categories, with the first statuettes awarded to “Hamlet” and “Joan of Arc.”