The Academy Awards, informally known as The Oscars, are a set of awards given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. Organized and overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are given each year at a formal ceremony. The AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio executive Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. The awards itself was later initiated by the Academy as an award "of merit for distinctive achievement" in the industry.
The awards were first given in 1929 at a ceremony created for the awards, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. Over the years that the award has been given, the categories presented have changed; currently Oscars are given in more than a dozen categories, and include films of various types. As one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world, the Academy Awards ceremony is televised live in more than 100 countries annually. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media; its equivalents, the Grammy Awards (for music), the Emmy Awards (for television), and the Tony Awards (for theater), are modeled after the Academy Awards.
85th Academy Awards
For the 85th Academy Awards, it was highly suspected that Adele would receive a nomination for Best Original Song for her song "Skyfall." On January 10, 2013, when the nominees were officially announced, it was revealed that Adele had indeed received a pending nomination for the award. The show included a special tribute to the James Bond franchise; Adele took part in it, although her performance took place after a video tribute to the music of James Bond and Shirley Bassey's performance of "Goldfinger." The performance was met with hugely positive reviews and was deemed her comeback to the music industry following her pregnancy in 2012. Adele battled "crippling nerves" for the performance and had reportedly sought out various methods for avoiding vomiting and other actions relating to her nervousness; this includes going to a hypnotherapist and seeking help from other celebrities, including Elton John.
Following the performance, Adele and Paul Epworth won the award for Best Original Song; this was the first Bond theme ever to take home an Oscar.
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