Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Located at 7000 Hollywood
Blvd., opened May 15, 1927. Host of the 1st Annual
Academy Awards May 16, 1929 Blossom Room
Hollywood Roosevelt. Hosts Academy President
Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille.
Attendance for the first awards ceremony was 250
and tickets were $10.00.
Graumans Chinese Theater Located at 6925
Hollywood Blvd. Opened 1926. Host of 16th Annual
Academy Awards March 2, 1944 - 17th Annual
Academy Awards March 15, 1945 - 18th Annual
Academy Awards March 7, 1946. The first radio
Broadcast took place from this venue during the 16th
annual awards.
Photographed by Carol M. Highsmith, who has
donated her collection to the Library of Congress,
and placed the images in the public domain.
(Images from "Marxorama" and "Groucho Slept here"
With 270 guests dining on broiled chicken,
the first Academy Awards were given out
in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929.
(Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Ambassador Hotel  was Located at 3400 Wilshire
Boulevard. Opened January 1, 1921. This wonderful hotel
hosted the 2nd, 12th, and 15th Annual Academy Awards
in its famed Cocoanut Grove. The Ambassador also
hosted the 3rd, 5th and 6th in the Fiesta Room. The
Ambassador was also infamously known as it was the
location of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. Sadly this
priceless landmark closed in 1989.  The Ambassador was
demolished February 2006 despite conservation efforts.
Great Moments at the Ambassador

Hattie McDaniel first black performer to win an
Academy Award.

Louella Parsons, an American gossip columnist,
wrote about Oscar night of 1940: "Hattie
McDaniel earned that gold "Oscar", by her fine
performance of "Mammy" in Gone with the
Wind. If you had seen her face when she
walked up to the platform and took the gold
trophy, you would have had the choke in your
voice that all of us had when Hattie, hair
trimmed with gardenias, face alight, and dress
up to the queen's taste, accepted the honor in
one of the finest speeches ever given on the
Academy floor. She put her heart right into
those words and expressed not only for herself,
but for every member of her race, the gratitude
she felt that she had been given recognition by
the Academy. Fay Bainter, with voice
trembling, introduced Hattie and spoke of the
happiness she felt in bestowing upon the
beaming actress Hollywood's greatest honor.

The "Oscar" that Hattie won was placed in the
keeping of Howard University in Washington,
D.C. The statue disappeared during racial
unrest on the Washington, D.C., campus in the
late 1960s
Did You Know?

Jules Roth, managed the "Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery"
where so many of her fellow stars and friends were interred.
Because of her race, he refused to allow the winner of Hollywood's
highest award to be buried on the property. For Hattie, even death

During the 1960's event furious, frustrated black Americans are
rumored to have heaved the Oscar into the Potomac River in
effigy of racial stereotyping. Like Hattie herself, it too is buried in
the wrong place, a victim of misunderstanding and hate.
Excerpt from Tom Gregory "Oscar Time for Hattie McDaniel"
August 13, 2007
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