The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Academy Awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievement began in 1929 with a private dinner attended by 270 people, and is the only ceremony not to be broadcast in some way.

With the 88th awards ceremony happening this Sunday, Feb. 28, we compiled a roundup of the top terms you need to know when reporting on awards.

Academy Awards Presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Also known as the Oscars. (Both Academy Awards and Oscars are trademarks.)

Lowercase the academy and the awards whenever they stand alone.

film, music, TV and most other titles Enclose titles in quotes. Capitalize principal words, including prepositions and conjunctions of four or more letters, and articles or short words at start or end of the title: “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

red carpet The ceremonial gantlet where guests arriving at award shows strut their finery, greet fans and give media interviews.

swag Sometimes used to describe the free stuff at gift suites and in gift bags given to presenters and other award-show participants.

First place, first-place When a compound modifier – two or more words that express a single concept – precedes a noun, use hyphens to link all the words in the compound.

First-place winner. He won first place.

runner-up, runners-up



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