The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. The award categories represent overall film quality, acting, animation, art direction, cinematography, costume design and make-up, directing, documentary and short film, film and sound editing, score, visual effects, soundtrack, and writing. There are five nominees per category. The Academy also presents five special awards
- Academy Honorary Award - to celebrate motion picture achievements not covered by existing categories;
- Academy Scientific and Technical Award - to recognize significant achievements in the development of technology for motion pictures;
- Gordon E. Sawyer Award - to recognize industry individuals for their technological contributions;
- Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - to honour an individual's contributions to humanitarian causes;
- Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award - to recognize producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality.
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Official site of the Academy with history and general information on the Academy Awards, as well as photographs, events and screenings, and press releases. Also provides the official winners database.
Cuadra Associates Movie-Star Database
A database of Academy Awards history, 1927 to the present, providing search by year, category, film title, nominee, or winner.
Digital Hit: Academy Awards
The nerve center of Digital Hit Entertainment's yearly coverage. Stories, events, and discussions.
The Envelope: Academy Awards
Weblog, image galleries, broadcast details, an online pool game, nominee listing and past awards database.
The Guardian Film: Oscars 2009
Special report with news, commentary, blogs, photos and videos about the Academy Awards and the nominees. Includes archives of past years and related topics.
IMDb: Academy Awards
Information on the event and awards, with results of all Best Pictures, as well as dates, locations, and hosts.
Moviefone: Academy Awards
Stay up to date on the awards buzz. Includes show highlights, nominees, and news.
Unofficial wiki with facts, photographs, trivia, and videos.
News, information, history, facts, trivia, and listing of all winners, hosts, and Academy presidents.
Sijmen's Oscar Experiment
Fan predicts the Oscar nominees with his 'scientific' formula, with databases and analysis. Links to news, related sites, and articles.
Today: Behind the scenes at the Academy Awards
News, commentary and photos about the annual awards.
TV.com: The Academy Awards
Provides ceremony broadcast recaps, reviews, and trivia.
Wikipedia: Academy Award
Encyclopedic article on the film award's history, origins, and judging criteria, with links to related articles on award categories.
Yahoo! Movies: Coverage of the Annual Academy Awards
News coverage of the Oscars, including photograph galleries, nominee and winners lists, trivia, video, and links.
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