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The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar." The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by AMPAS.

Academy Awards
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Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded May 16, 1929; 87 years ago (1929-05-16)
Official website oscar.go.com
Most recent Academy Award winners
2015 ←
28 February 2016 → 2017
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Award Best Picture Best Director
Winner Spotlight Alejandro G. Iñárritu
(The Revenant)
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Award Best Actor Best Actress
Winner Leonardo DiCaprio
(The Revenant)
Brie Larson
(Room)
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Award Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Winner Mark Rylance
(Bridge of Spies)
Alicia Vikander
(The Danish Girl)

Previous Best Picture

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Picture

Spotlight

The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar." The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by AMPAS.

The awards ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised for first time in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries and can be streamed live online. The Oscars is the oldest entertainment awards ceremony; its equivalents, the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theatre, and the Grammy Awards for music and recording, are modeled after the Academy Awards.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 and hosted by Chris Rock. A total of 2,947 Oscars have been awarded from the inception of the award through the 87th.