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this day in the yesteryear: The First Academy Awards (1929)


The First Academy Awards (1929)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed in 1927 by Louis B. Mayer and others to raise the standards of film production, and its first Academy Awards were presented not long after. Hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. DeMille, the first Academy Awards ceremony recognized individuals who had made outstanding film achievements in 1927 and 1928. The gold-plated statuettes given to awardees are popularly known as “Oscars.” How did they get this nickname? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Peter Gabriel (1950)


Peter Gabriel (1950)

Gabriel is an English singer and songwriter who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flutist of the progressive rock group Genesis. In the 1970s and 80s, he became an influential solo artist, producing music videos with groundbreaking special effects and writing the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. What song did Gabriel perform at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, on February 10, 2006? More… Discuss

Electric Moog Orchestra: Music From “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”


Electric Moog Orchestra: Music From “Close Encounters of the Third Kind

 

Great Movie Themes 5: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Flying Theme) by John Williams: great compositions/performances


Great Movie Themes 5: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Flying Theme) by John Williams