LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — For 90 years, the Oscars have represented the pinnacle of achievement in motion pictures, but another honor has been immortalizing stars in the literal foundations of Hollywood since the 1960s — the Walk of Fame.
These Hollywood Boulevard tributes were first proposed by the city’s Chamber of Commerce in 1953 as a means to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world."
The cost to build the Walk, including new street lights, trees and the sidewalks themselves, was around $1.25 million, which would be around $10.5 million in today's money.
Four committees were established to select the nominees by category: motion picture, television, recording and radio, with "Live Theatre" added in 1984, but the nominations were not without controversy.
The son of silent movie star Charlie Chaplin sued the city for not honoring his father, who was shunned by Hollywood for his liberal views during the McCarthy era. Though the lawsuit was unsuccessful, Chaplin would later be honored with a star in 1972.
Since then, more than 2,600 stars have been made, which consist of brass nameplates surrounded by a material called terrazzo, which also lines Hollywood Boulevard.
Anyone can nominate a celebrity for a star by filling out an application on WalkOfFame.com and if selected during the yearly voting process, that celeb must pay $50,000 for the creation and installation of the star, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.
The Walk of Fame continues to be a popular tourist attraction and lines the steps just outside the Academy Awards every year.