Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Volume 1, number 1
In 1927, a group of thirty-six of the most influential Hollywood artists, directors, writers, and studio executives formed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Douglas Fairbanks as its first president. Their elegantly produced magazine featured a cover illustration of a knight by Cedric Gibbons that would soon become the basis for their award for excellence, the “Oscar,” first presented in 1929 to German actor Emil Jannings.