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What are Oscar Awards?


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Oscar Award

Mains level: India's cultural prowess and acceptance in the west


A notable Indian song and a documentary has won the Oscar Award this year.

What are Oscar Awards?

  • The Oscar Awards, also known as the Academy Awards, are an annual awards ceremony honouring excellence in the film industry.
  • The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization of over 9,000 members.
  • The first Oscars ceremony was held in 1929, and the awards are now widely considered to be the most prestigious awards in the film industry.
  • The ceremony typically takes place in late February or early March, and is broadcast live on television in over 225 countries and territories worldwide.

How are the winners decided?

  • Awards are given out in various categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and many more.
  • Nominees and winners are chosen by AMPAS members who work in various branches of the film industry, including actors, directors, writers, and producers.
  • Winning an Oscar can have a significant impact on a filmmaker’s career, as it is widely seen as a mark of prestige and can lead to increased funding and opportunities for future projects.


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