The Academy Awards 
, or "Oscars
", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit
, which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar." The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by AMPAS
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