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"The Academy of Arts and Sciences, in a burst of oratory and love, held it's annual award dinner some nights ago, an event that seemed to have been epitomized by the comment of an inebriate who stood on the steps leading into the Biltmore Bowl at the height of the praise harvest and mumbled, 'If a breath of sincerity got into this room a thousand people would fall dead.'"

- So begins this impious article about the Academy of Arts and Sciences and their annual self-absorption festival, "the Oscars". Published in a magazine that catered to New York theater lovers and written by an unidentified correspondent who was far from impressed by the whole affair - but managed to record a complete history of the award nonetheless.

- Learn why the award is called an "Oscar"...

Director Frank Capra was awarded his third trophy at the 1938 Oscars...

     


The Oscars: Hollywoods Self-Adoration Fest (Stage Magazine, 1938)

The Oscars: Hollywoods Self-Adoration Fest (Stage Magazine, 1938)

The Oscars: Hollywoods Self-Adoration Fest (Stage Magazine, 1938)

The Oscars: Hollywoods Self-Adoration Fest (Stage Magazine, 1938)

The Oscars: Hollywoods Self-Adoration Fest (Stage Magazine, 1938)

The Oscars: Hollywoods Self-Adoration Fest (Stage Magazine, 1938)

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