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Oscar Hangover

February 25, 2013 No comments

So you stayed up later than you should have on a "school" night to see which movie took home the coveted Oscar and you woke up this Monday morning exhausted. What to do? How about squeeze a bunch of oranges with your trusty Rabbit Citrus Juicer to get some vitamin c flowing!

And while you're in recovery mode, let's take a quick look at the history of the Oscars.

Last night was in fact the 85th annual Academy Awards, which began as a private brunch in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929 with an audience of about 270 people. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the filmmaking industry. The post Awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel, a far cry from the extravagant parties thrown these days. In the beginning, winners were announced several months prior, but that was changed by the time the second Awards rolled around 1930. Since 1941, the Academy has used a secret ballot—usually revealed via an envelope opened on stage by a celeb—to reveal the name of the winners.

The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. He had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier; this made him the first Academy Award winner ever.

Flash forward to last evening when Daniel Day Lewis won the best actor award for Lincoln, preceded by Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and finally—at a few minutes before midnight—the best picture award went to Argo.

While most of us (on the east coast, anyway) went to bed shortly thereafter, one thing we can be pretty sure of is that most of the winners went to a party (or parties!), where they celebrated with champagne, cocktails and/or a glass of wine. The difference between now and 85 years ago? Today's revelers have Metrokane's wine and bar accessories to make opening and serving everything a lot easier!

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