How Did Some Popular Entertainment Awards Get Their Names?


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Entertainment awards get their names from a prominent person in the field, a piece of new technology, or perhaps someone's relative. The Tony Awards, for example, are named after Antoinette Perry, who was a notable theater actress, director and producer.

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The Tony Awards were created in 1947 to honor not only Perry's work in the theater but her efforts in the second World War. The first ceremony was held on April 6, after her death.The winners included Agnes de Mille, Helen Hayes, Arthur Miller and Ingrid Bergman.

The Emmy Awards were named after the "immy," the nickname of the image-orthicon camera tube. This device was crucial to the evolution of television. Because the statuette took the form of a female angel or winged woman hoisting an atom, it was feminized to "Emmy." The statuette was designed by Louis McManus, a television engineer, and his wife was the model. The first Emmy awards ceremony was held on Jan. 25, 1949, but only recognized local programming out of Los Angeles.

The Oscar is officially called the Academy Award of Merit. Legend has it that the librarian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick, thought that the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar. It's in the form of a knight holding a sword and standing on a reel of film. The designer was Cedric Gibbons, who was MGM's chief art director.

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