During the fifties, the Academy Award winners' red carpet fashions were designed by the studio costume designers. It was not until Edith Head designed Grace Kelly's gorgeous green silk gown for her 1955 Best Actress Oscar win in "The Country Girl" that celebrity fashions became just as attention grabbing as the films.
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The fifties motion picture industry rose to the challenge of the loss of
movie audience attendance due to the increased popularity of television
with spectacular epic films starring their most prized studio
personalities. They hoped to attract movie goers by parading their most
glamorous Hollywood stars by the fans at red carpet events such as the
Academy Awards presentations.
Red Carpet Award Winners
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an organization founded in 1927 at Hollywood, California to promote the cultural and technical standards of professional film making.
Each year since then, special awards have been given to recognize achievement in excellence in categories such as best motion picture, performance by an actor, performance by an actress, achievement in direction, cinematography, art direction, set decoration, film editing, song, costume designing, best screenplay, and many more.
This prestigious award is represented by a gold plated bronze human shaped statuette designed by sculptor George Stanley and commonly called Oscar.
The first Academy Award for Best Picture went to a 1927 silent movie "Wings" starring Clara Bow and Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Gary Cooper also appeared in this film about World War I fighter pilots. He and Clara Bow began a love affair during the filming of "Wings".
One hour of the 1928-1929 Academy Awards ceremony was broadcast over the radio. The entire ceremony was radio broadcast from 1944-1969. The first Academy Awards ceremony to be televised was in 1953.
Crowds awaiting the star's arrivals at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in 1959 for the 31st Annual Academy Awards presentations.
As film making technology became more advanced and movies became more popular, an Oscar nomination was even more coveted. Studios spared no expense to promote their films as well as their fifties movie stars in hopes of that big box office gross earnings.
It has become a popular annual event as a Hollywood gossip and red carpet fashion gathering place. The fans love it.
Click through these pages for a look at Academy Award Winning Actors, Actresses, and Best Pictures from the 1950s. They are listed here for the years premiered. The awards were presented the following Spring.
Hi! My name is Rita. Now that alone tells you I am a child of the fifties. I was named after one of the most beautiful stars during my Mama's day, Rita Hayworth. This site is an examination of all things fifties. You may read about the real me and my 1950s life in my About Me page. Feel free to visit anytime.