As we prepare to plod through the 83rd Academy Awards Sunday evening, we can only hope that in spite of the predictable spate of awards (Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, "Social Network" vs. "The King's Speech"), at least hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway will provide some entertainment value (rumor has it they will be singing a duet of "Grease"!).
Meanwhile, on Oscar eve, let's take a look back at the glorious, glamorous past of the event, shall we, cool cats? (All pics courtesy of Life magazine's fab retro webbie.)
Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn backstage at the 1956 Oscars.Natalie Wood in 1962, nominated for "Spelndor in the Grass."Audrey Hepburn, waiting to hear the results of her nom for "Roman Holiday" in 1954, with her mamer.RKO Pantages Theatre, 1954, where the Oscars were hosted for a decade.Liz Taylor, 1961, who won Best Actress for "Butterfield 8."Rock Hudson and Mae West, 1958.
Siblings Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty at the 1966 Academy Awards.A stunning Faye Dunaway in 1968, when she was nominated for "Bonnie & Clyde."Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews at the 1965 ceremony.