Fun Facts About the Oscars

As the 92nd installment of the Academy award ceremony approaches, it is a good time to take a look at some of the most interesting fun facts about the Oscars.

The First Award Ceremony

The first Academy Awards took place in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel In Los Angeles in 1929. Instead of being the world-famous award ceremony we know today, it was more of a big private dinner, with only 270 people attending.

Actress With the Most Awards

The actress Katherine Hepburn took the record for winning most best actress Oscars by winning four times for her roles in On Golden Pond (1981), The Lion In Winter (1968), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) and Morning Glory (1933).

Actress with More Nominations for Best Actress

The American Actress Meryl Streep has been nominated 18 times for the Best Actress category and won only two times for Choice and Iron Lady. 

Youngest Best Actor Winner

The youngest actor to win in the best male actor category was Adrien Brody, for his role in The Pianist (2002). He was only 29 when he got the award.

Youngest Winner

Being only 10 years old, the actress Tatum O’Neal won the award for Best Supporting Actress in the year 1973, for her role in the movie Paper Moon.

Only Sequel to Win Best Picture

To this day, the only sequel to win in the Best Picture category was The Godfather: Part II. This movie, of course, being a sequel to the Godfather.

Actors That Won After They Died

The only two actors to win after they passed away. One of them is  Heath Ledger, who won Best Supporting Actor, for his iconic performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). The second was Peter Finch who won the Award for Best Actor for his role in Network (1976).

Longest Speech

Although we all love when our favorite actors win for their respective roles, their acceptance speeches can get pretty boring and repetitive. So imagine how the audience felt when in 1943, Greer Garson gave a seven and a half minute acceptance speech. 

The Statue

The Oscar statuette is 34 centimeters in height and weighs 3.5 kg. Also,not a lot of people realize that the name of the winner is carved in the Oscars after-party, not before the ceremony.

Most Nominations for Directing and Never Won

The acclaimed and popular director Alfred Hitchcock has been nominated a total of five times for the category of Best Director, nevertheless, he never won.

Most Oscar Wins and Nominations

Walt Dinsey is the person that to this day has won more Oscars and nominations., He has won a total of 22 Academy Awards and has been nominated almost 60 times.

Re-Selling Statues

Since 1950, the winners are not legally allowed to sell their statue, without offering it first to the academy for one dollar.

Seating Capacity

The seating capacity for where the Oscars are currently celebrated (The Dolby Theater)  is of about 3,300 seats.

Length of the Red Carpet

The iconic Red Carpet outside the theatre lengths a total of 154.2 meters.

One Character, Two Oscars

The only character portrayed by two actors is Vito Corleone. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II (1974) and Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972). Marlon won for Best Actor and De Niro for Best Supporting Actor. 

This Year’s Oscars

This year Oscars will be celebrated in the Dolby Theatre, this Sunday February 9th. Following last year’s decision, this ceremony won’t have a host. You can watch them at 8:00 pm this Sunday in TNT or TNT series to watch in the original language.

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