The first film to win a Best Picture Oscar was the World War I romantic action-drama Wings, starring Clara Bow. Though it was released to theaters in 1927, the first Academy Award ceremony didn't take place until spring 1929. Bow received the statuette—which hadn't been named "Oscar" yet—from Douglas Fairbanks. Strangely, no one seems to know how the 13 ½-inch, 8-pound gold figure got its name other than the possibly apocryphal story that an early Academy member thought it looked like her uncle Oscar. Regardless, 2,947 Academy Award of Merits (as they are officially called) have been handed out and, this year, that number will break 3,000.
Guessing who will go home with Oscar is an annual national pastime with notorious upsets, like the time Rocky bested All the President's Men, Taxi Driver and Network in 1977; or when Marisa Tomei won Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny in 1992; and—horror of horrors—when Shakespeare in Love trumped Saving Private Ryan in 1999.
Make your picks for the 2016 Academy Awards by entering the Boise Weekly Red Carpet Movie Awards contest, presented by The Balcony Club and The Flicks. Fill out the form at redcarpetballot.boiseweekly.com and be eligible for a host of prizes, including unlimited admission to The Flicks for a year; a $75 bar tab at The Balcony; an overnight package at Cactus Pete's in Jackpot, Nev.; a $250 Amazon gift card; and more.
Better yet, you are cordially invited to a live broadcast viewing party of the Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 28 at The Balcony. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6 p.m., followed by the broadcast at 7 p.m. The Balcony will feature drink specials and movie trivia.
The BW Red Carpet Movie Awards contest is free to enter and if you have trouble making your picks, BW screen guru George Prentice has some tips on likely winners.