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  The Oscars
What are the Oscars?
What is the Academy?
What categories are there?
Why are they so important?
Do 'arty' films always win?
Fashion at the Oscars
Oscar facts

 
Group of winners from the Oscars 2001 What are the Oscars?
Most people agree that the Oscars are the biggest film awards in the world. They're the most prestigious award anyone in the film business can win.

They've been going since 1929.

They're called the Oscars after the golden statue which is given out to the winners. No one's quite sure why the statue's called Oscar, but it's rumoured to be because one of the Academy members thought the statue looked a bit like her Uncle Oscar, and it stuck.


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