Conrad Nagel and Greta Garbo in The Mysterious Lady (1928)
Greta was so beautiful we could use any lighting for dramatic purposes. On her films, my photography had more continuity. Using special lighting effects didn’t handcuff the director. Her face was such that I could have shot in candlelight if the stock in those days had allowed it. [Cameraman] William Daniels
Just one month earlier Conrad Nagel (featured in the picture on the Rialto’s marquee) hosted the 3rd Acadamy Awards. Two years later he hosted the 5th, and 21 years later he co-hosted the 25th with Bob Hope.
In homage to the upcoming Academy Awards, we look back to earlier Academy Awards ceremonies. Here we highlight the historic role of radio in one of Hollywood’s most anticipated events of the
When the first Academy Awards were handed out in May 1929
at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the winners had already been announced three
months earlier. The following year, due to increased public interest, the
ceremony was partially covered in a live radio broadcast.
A new era had begun when on March 19, 1953, NBC televised
the Oscars for the first time, appropriately on the 25th anniversary of the
Awards. Even after the advent of television, the Academy Awards show was
simultaneously broadcast on radio as late as 1968.
On Oscar’s 70th anniversary and at the request of the
Board of Governors, Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote
“Fanfare for Oscar,” an official opening theme for the annual Academy
Awards presentations. Goldsmith, a classically trained composer known for his
lush orchestral themes, was an Academy Award winner for The Omen (1976) and an
18-time Oscar nominee. On March 23, 1998, “Fanfare for Oscar” was performed by
an orchestra in front of a live audience. At the time, Goldsmith said of the
score, “The end result of the 45-second composition is a melding of the
Hollywood of the past, the Hollywood of the present, and the Hollywood of the