An awards ceremony is a type of event where awards are given out. The event could be organized by a government agency, a group, a school, a trade association, or even a company that specializes in award ceremonies. Typically, a master of ceremonies introduces award recipients, speaks to the audience, entertains participants, and keeps the ceremony moving. In Ancient Greece, annual competitions for tragedy and comedy were organized, with the wealthier inhabitants financing them. The awards included the best play, best production, and best actor. In the early Olympic Games, there were two prize ceremonies. The winners of each event received palm branches from the judges. On the last day of the games, the event winners were announced and crowned with olive garlands. Because the runners-up were deemed unimportant, no medals were given out, and only the winner was announced. Athletes would frequently risk earning large fines and pay judges in order to be recognized as winners. The major American media awards have developed from little beginnings to massive prime-time televised events. In 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its first awards ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, three months after the winners were announced. The Oscar statuettes for best film, best actress, and best actor were awarded in a 15-minute ceremony. The Golden Globe Awards were founded in 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association, which comprised of eight journalists. They planned a luncheon at 20th Century Fox, where they would present awards for best picture, best actress, and best actor. The first Tony Awards ceremony for theatrical plays and musicals was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in 1947. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the first Emmy Awards in 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. Volare won Best Single at the first Grammy Awards, which were presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1958. The first Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards were aired in 1988. The Game Awards, a video game industry awards show, has been livestreamed on YouTube and Twitch every year since its inception in 2014.
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