The Oscars will be awarded Sunday night in a glitzy show attended by thousands and watched by millions. But when the first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929, the event was at a private dinner with fewer than 300 people. The winner of the best picture award was "Wings," a 1927 film that was before its time technologically but of its time in another way -- it was a silent movie.

"Wings" follows the World War I exploits of two American fighter pilots vying for the love of the same woman (Clara Bow). The cast also features a very young Gary Cooper.

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The rarely screened movie will be shown 1 p.m. Friday at East Meadow Library. It will be introduced by film historian John Carpenter, who will add perspective about the movie's historical and artistic importance.

The screening is free. For information, call 516-794-2570.