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After 90 Years of Oscars, Why Does It Still Hold Our Attention?

It is hard to tell when something actually becomes a tradition but what is harder still, is to figure out why.

When Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel shared that the first Academy Awards presentation was held in 1929, it surprised me. The fact that it only lasted 15 minutes perhaps even more. No broadcast. Held in a hotel. Fifteen statues were given out.

Fast forward to last night – the show marked the ninetieth time the Academy Awards was held. The show was broadcast around the world and ran over three-and-a-half hours. I’m not sure how many awards were given out, but I know I was one of the more than 24 million people tuning in and soaking it all up.

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