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The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. Awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1929 in Los Angeles, it recognizes excellence in many aspects of motion picture making, such as acting, directing, and screenwriting.

Academy Awards are granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization, which as of 2007 had a voting membership of 5,830. Actors, with a membership of 1,311, make up the largest voting bloc at 22 percent. The votes have been tabulated and certified by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessor Price Waterhouse for 72 years, since close to the awards' inception.

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda (1905 – 1982) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. He made his mark early as a Broadway actor. Fonda made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. Throughout six decades in Hollywood, Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in such classics as The Ox-Bow Incident, Mister Roberts and 12 Angry Men. Later, he moved toward both more challenging, darker epics as Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (portraying a villain who kills, among others, a child) and lighter roles in family comedies like Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball. The 1981 film On Golden Pond brought Fonda his only Oscar: for Best Actor; in 1999, he was named the sixth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. (more...)

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