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  • BenitoDelicias
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    So a friend asked me about my first Oscars last week and I told him the story that I remember and thought it would make for a good thread, now that this Oscar year is all over and we don’t have many things to talk about…

    (I don’t remember if we’ve had this thread before, I’m sure we have…)

    The first year I remember watching anything was 1996 (for the 1995 awards). I was 13 around that time and we were watching a rerun. It was the Braveheart year and the one thing I remember the most was my reaction to it winning Best Makeup, my thought as I remember it being a kid was “blue faces? that’s best makeup, that’s just paint!?”. I don’t remember much else from this year.

    The following year, was the first time I actually watched live, but I still didn’t know anything about the Oscars, or movies. A few days before I saw Jerry Maguire, I think it was the first time I ever went to the movies as a teenager alone with friends. I LOVED the film. My first shock and surprise ever at the Oscars was Cuba Gooding Jr winning. I had heard the film was up for some Oscars but didn’t really know which ones. I didn’t know any other films either, so of course I wanted him to win. And he did, and with that speech! It was truly an epic moment for me. But still being a kid, I fell asleep of course, and didn’t watch the whole thing.

    In 1997 a friend of mine gave me a CD-Rom (!!!) from Blockbuster which was basically an IMDB or Wikipedia on a CD because you could spend the whole day clicking names of actors and films and that disk would just turn and turn inside your computer with A LOT of info. That’s how I got into this awards thing. I started discovering a lot of stuff including all those films that had beat Jerry Maguire earlier that year, the CD had the Oscar history of each film at the bottom of the description, same for actors directors and so on. So I started renting those films and got more and more into it.

    Up until that time it was my understanding that comedic actors and comedy films didn’t win Oscars, so imagine my surprise when I found out that Whoopi Goldberg was actually an Oscar winner…the nun from Sister Act?. Or Joe Pesci who I only knew from the Home Alone films. Or that Tom Hanks from Turner and Hooch (yes…) was not only an Oscar winner, but also a back to back winner. Goldie Hawn from Bird on a Wire and Death Becomes Her had an Oscar? These were my comedy people! However, even at 14, nothing, and I mean NOTHING was more shocking than finding out Sylverster Stallone was a double nominee for Rocky. The guy from Rambo and all those awful action films?…So yeah, I spent A LOT of money renting films and learning about awards because of that CD. I needed to watch Rocky again first of all, and Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Ghost and Goodfellas. I needed to know it all.

    So finally in 1998 the time came for me to actually watch my first full Oscar ceremony and being obsessed with it all. The year before we finally got cable (we had a satelite dish before but moved…), nobody in my house cared about it, but we finally did get it. So I got E!. And well things just changed. I started watching that channel all day and by 1998 I finally started learning things and everything from that Blockbuster CD stayed with me. I returned and I never stopped regreting it.

    I thought I knew it all about the Oscars now, and two things also led me to be obsessed with this ceremony. First of all, Titanic. I saw the film and like everybody else I fell for it hard. I was also madly in love with Helen Hunt. Mad About You was still a thing, so imagine my surprise that Jamie Buchman was going to the Oscars. I just had to watch the whole ceremony. And then you also have to add that for any kid of the 90s Robin Williams was everyhting. So imagine him getting an Oscar? I had to watch just in case. Joan Cusack from Toys and Addams Family is a nominee and was a nominee before that? Yes! People on E! going on on and about one of their own (Greg Kinnear) being a nominee? Dustin Hoffman from Hook is nominated too? Yeah, for a kid, it was a great year to watch and Williams, Hunt and Titanic ended up winning…a lot.

    I consider the 1997 Oscars (aired in 1998) to be my first ever Oscar ceremony. I watched it live, I knew things for the first time, I watched it all until the end when Sean Connery said Titanic. Can’t believe it’s going to be 20 years since that happened.

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    Andrew Carden
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    I ever-so-vaguely recall seeing some of the ’96 telecast…when I was six years old. The first ceremony I caught from start to finish, I think, was the ’00 show. Not that I got it at the time but my father was floored about the Marcia Gay Harden victory. I was rooting for Willem Dafoe because, well, vampires are cool.

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    What a fantastic read! That’s why you’re one of my favorite posters here. I read your posts just for the pleasure of reading them.
    As for my first Oscars telecast ever it was in 1987. My parents took me this little girl to see Aliens with them and I fell in love with Ellen Ripley. She was my hero, I wanted to become her. So I wanted to know more about the actress that played her. And when she got nominated for Oscar I was beyond myself and decided to watch ceremony. And then when she lost to Marlee Matlin I was absolutely devastated. I was screaming and crying for days. That’s how probably my hatred for hot young things winning BLA started. Marlee was hot young thing and she had this big advantage – disablity. So basically Ellen Ripley lost disablity. Ugh.
    Love this thread and cannot wait what others have to say!

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    Macca
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    Surprisingly 2017 was my first live Oscars ceremony. I’d recorded the past 6 Oscars. The first one I watched was with Hathaway and Franco hosting (egh).

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    ETPhoneHome
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    My first was 2003, when I was 9 and had just seen the lord of the rings films in a pretty quick succession. I insisted on watching it because I heard there could be a lot of lord of the rings stuff and I wanted to see that. I was also warned that it was unpredictable and it could be disappointing to watch it lose a lot. Needless to say, watching it win triumphantly in every category it was nominated in not only thrilled me, but it also made me the surprise winner of my first ever Oscar pool, much to the chagrin of the adults who participated. I didn’t win again until I started really becoming obsessed with the awards in 2009, when I was the only one who picked the Hurt Locker over Avatar, thus beginning my streak of 8 straight victories that has left me as the only one in my family who watches the ceremony in full.

    This year was the first time my brother filled out a ballot and watched the awards show, and though he did quite poorly, I’m hoping that one year, sometime soon, he will be the one to put a stop to my less-than-humbling string of victories. Though out of respect to my first formative experience, I’m hoping I may be able to go 11-0.

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    I think 1995 or 1996 was the first one I remember watching from start to finish, but it was 1997 that my Oscar obsession really took place and that I really started following the races, thanks to the E! channel and whatever there was of the internet at the time. I remember just spending hours reading about the Oscars and watching anything I could about the films nominated. All I remember is being really obsessed with “Secrets & Lies” (having not even seen the film) and just thinking that Marianne Jean Baptiste was radiant.

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    huntybunchesofoats
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    my earliest oscar memory is of penelope cruz giving that long ass speech after she won best supporting actress for vicky christina barcelona

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    aahoto
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    I saw bits of the 2003 ceremony and was obsessed with Chicago back then (saw it three times at the cinemas, was 12 years old!) but now of course I wish The Pianist had won. Have watched it every year from then on. I look forward to the Oscars every year more than anything. I suppose that’s a bit sad, but I love it.

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    I think 1995 or 1996 was the first one I remember watching from start to finish, but it was 1997 that my Oscar obsession really took place and that I really started following the races, thanks to the E! channel and whatever there was of the internet at the time. I remember just spending hours reading about the Oscars and watching anything I could about the films nominated. All I remember is being really obsessed with “Secrets & Lies” (having not even seen the film) and just thinking that Marianne Jean Baptiste was radiant.

    OMG. This is 100% me.

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    JustGuy89
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    Earliest Oscar Memory was when I was 13 in 2003. I remember my sister and I yelling at the screen when Salma Hayek lost Best Actress to Nicole Kidman. We are a Mexican American Family so of course we were rooting for the Latina to win! But seeing Nicole’s performance now that I’m older, she deserved to win over Hayek. Haha! After that year I watched the ceremonies occasionally. I remember bits of the ceremony in 2005, Swank, Fox, Finding Nemo and Million Dollar Baby Winning. I wanted to watch the ceremony in 2006 because I loved Transamerica and I was a huge fan of Felicity Huffman’s performance. Sadly I missed most of that ceremony because I didn’t know that the show aired live on both coasts! I live on the west coast! :(. So I only saw the last three winners, Seymour Hoffman, Whitherspoon (yuck!) and Crash. The first Oscar ceremony that I watched in full and live was in 2007. I was 17 then. For the last 10 years I haven’t missed a single ceremony. My sister and I love the Oscars. I wish there was an Academy channel where they repeat Oscar ceremonies 24/7!

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    Jake
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    1997 ceremony that took place in 1998 was also the very first Academy Awards I saw. I liked the dresses of Basinger and Hunt. It was also the year of Family Album and I was surprised later on that they don’t do that every year. I was very impressed, even though I didn’t know basically any of these people. Maybe it’s not nice to say (write) but Lee Grant scared me a little. I haven’t seen “Titanic” yet, I was too little but I remember my parents saw it and were delighted with all those wins. They’ve been fans of James Cameron, although more for “True Lies” than for “Aliens” or either “Terminator” film.

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    The first awards show I had seen in full was the 78th Academy Awards when I was 8, almost 9 years old. I remember when Brokeback Mountain was incredibly popular, but I wasn’t allowed to watch it due to my stupid fathers’ way of thinking. My mother let me watch Walk The Line, which was a little weird, considering drug abuse is way more inappropriate than two guys having a sexual relationship. I weirdly enjoyed it, and thought Joaquin Phoenix deserved to win more than Reese Witherspoon (still do).

    I remember being sad over Amy Adams losing after her first nomination for Junebug (11 years later…someone give her an Oscar already!). Felicity Huffman’s role in Transamerica also was a role I believed was award worthy (my mother was on a Desperate Housewives kick so she got me to watch both with her), and March of the Penguins winning best documentary made me cry (had to watch it in school).

    It wasn’t until about a year or two later where I really started paying attention to more movies and awards season, and that was when friends of mine started to tell me to shut up about it regularly lol.

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    The first awards show I had seen in full was the 78th Academy Awards when I was 8, almost 9 years old. I remember when Brokeback Mountain was incredibly popular, but I wasn’t allowed to watch it due to my stupid fathers’ way of thinking. My mother let me watch Walk The Line, which was a little weird, considering drug abuse is way more inappropriate than two guys having a sexual relationship. I weirdly enjoyed it, and thought Joaquin Phoenix deserved to win more than Reese Witherspoon (still do).

    I remember being sad over Amy Adams losing after her first nomination for Junebug (11 years later…someone give her an Oscar already!). Felicity Huffman’s role in Transamerica also was a role I believed was award worthy (my mother was on a Desperate Housewives kick so she got me to watch both with her), and March of the Penguins winning best documentary made me cry (had to watch it in school).

    It wasn’t until about a year or two later where I really started paying attention to more movies and awards season, and that was when friends of mine started to tell me to shut up about it regularly lol.

    DUH!

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    LaChienne
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    Though I’m big on them now, I never used to really watch the ceremony, and I can’t really remember the first one I would have watched, so the first full one I sat through was when I was in high school, in 2011, when I started to feel really guilty that I loved movies so much but wouldn’t watch their Super Bowl. So I tuned into the 83rd to watch it entirely.

    Yeah, the Franco/Hathaway disaster. It was not a good first ceremony. But it really got me interested in watching cringe comedy!

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    I remember seeing the bit with Ellen and Clint Eastwood from the 2006 show but I didn’t watch the whole thing nor knew what I was watching. I saw half of 2008 before my mom made me go to bed but the first one I watched beginning to end and actually got into the awards races was the 2009 ceremony. It’s actually still one of my favorites because Steve Martian and Alec Baldwin killed that monologue. I love revisiting that monologue! I loved seeing Monique win and Precious upsetting in Adapted Screenplay and loved all the Avatar wins (I think it deserved some more over Hurt Locker but that’s another story).

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