On February 22nd, several hundred million viewers from all over the globe will be watching the 87th Academy Awards and wondering if Julianne, Reese, Rosamund, Marion or Felicity will bring home the 13½ inch, 8½ pound golden baby. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the show will be broadcast live from the 3,400 seat Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
The very first Oscar ceremony was held in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929. Back then, the awards were presented before 270 people who paid $5 each for tickets. There was no suspense factor, because the winners had been announced three months before.