20 of the most legendary firsts in Academy Awards history
Held for the 92nd time already, the Oscars 2020 was a breathtaking event that made history. The Academy Awards became the major award for films since its very beginning, so let's remember the ceremony's most significant firsts that have defined the Oscars over the years.
#1 THE FIRST ACTORS TO WIN AWARDS: Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor
Emil Jannings, a German actor, became the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was awarded for his work in "The Last Command" and "The Way of All Flesh". He still remains the only German actor to win an Oscar.
Janet Gaynor, one of the most prominent actresses of the silent era, became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was awarded for her performances in three films: "7th Heaven", "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", and "Street Angel".
#2 THE FIRST BEST PICTURE: "Wings"
#3 THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST TO WIN AN OSCAR: Hattie McDaniel
#4 THE FIRST ALL-COLOR FILM TO WIN BEST PICTURE: "Gone with the Wind"
#5 THE FIRST OSCAR TO WIN AN OSCAR: Oscar Hammerstein II
#6 THE FIRST BEST ACTOR WINNER TO REFUSE AN AWARD: George C. Scott
#7 THE FIRST CEREMONY TO BE TELEVISED: 25th Academy Awards
#8 THE FIRST ACTRESS TO STAR IN THREE FILMS NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE: Claudette Colbert
#9 THE FIRST ASIAN PERFORMER TO WIN AN OSCAR: Miyoshi Umeki
#10 THE FIRST ACTOR TO WIN TWO AWARDS FOR THE SAME ROLE: Harold Russell
#11 THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN BEST ACTOR: Sidney Poitier
#12 THE FIRST OSCAR TIE IN THE BEST ACTRESS CATEGORY: Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn
#13 THE FIRST SEQUEL TO WIN BEST PICTURE: "The Godfather Part II"
#14 THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN TO BE NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR: Chief Dan George
#15 THE FIRST FEMALE PRODUCER TO WIN BEST PICTURE: Julia Phillips
#16 THE FIRST FEMALE FILMMAKER TO WIN BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow
#17 THE FIRST DEAF PERFORMER TO WIN AN OSCAR: Marlee Matlin
#18 THE FIRST ARTIST TO WIN AN OSCAR FOR PLAYING A CHARACTER OF OPPOSITE SEX: Linda Hunt
#19 THE FIRST FANTASY MOVIE TO WIN AN OSCAR: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
#20 THE FIRST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM TO WIN BEST PICTURE: "Parasite"
"Parasite" also received awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. The movie became the greatest breakthrough at the 2020 Oscars, as it is also the first Best Picture with a primarily Asian cast
Did you watch the 2020 Oscars? Are any of your favorite films or actors on this list? Which Academy Awards' firsts would you add?
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