51 Important facts About OSCARS You Probably Don’t Know – Do you know how much an Oscar statuette weighs or how many awards Alfred Hitchcock won in his lifetime? Here’s a look at some interesting Oscar facts and trivia.51 Important facts About OSCARS You Probably Don’t Know

51 Important facts About OSCARS

51 Important facts About OSCARS You Probably Don’t Know

  1. OLDEST AWARD WINNER – At the age of 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role for the film Beginners (2010).
  2. KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY – After winning an award for Best Actress for Cabaret (1972), Liza Minnelli became the only Oscar recipient whose parents were Oscar winners too. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, won Best Director for Gigi (1958).
  3. THE FIRST ACADEMY AWARDS– The first Academy Awards, which took place at a private dinner for about 270 people, were presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
  4. FIRST WOMAN TO WIN BEST DIRECTOR-Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in history to win the Best Director award for her film The Hurt Locker (2009).
  5. MOST BEST ACTRESS OSCARS – Katharine Hepburn won a record four Best Actress Oscars for On Golden Pond (1981), The Lion In Winter (1968), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) and Morning Glory (1933).
  6. X-RATED– Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only X-rated film to win the Best Picture award.
  7. RECORD NOMINATIONS FOR BEST ACTRESS -Meryl Streep has been nominated a record 18 times, winning two Best Actress Oscars for Sophie’s Choice (1983) and The Iron Lady (2012) and one Best Supporting actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1980).
  8. LONGEST WINNER -At 234 minutes, Gone with the Wind (1939) is the longest of all movies to win the Best Picture award.
  9. MOST FOREIGN LANGUAGE WINS-With 10 wins, Italy is the country with the most number of wins for Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Pictured: Italian Oscar winner Roberto Benigni with a poster from his 1997 Oscar-winning movie Life Is Beautiful.
  10. YOUNGEST BEST ACTOR WINNER-At 29, Adrien Brody became the youngest actor to be given the Best Actor award, for his role in The Pianist (2002).
  11. OLDEST BEST ACTOR WINNER-At the age of 76, Henry Fonda became the oldest actor to be presented the Best Actor award, for the film On Golden Pond (1981).
  12. AWARD-WINNING SEQUEL-The Godfather: Part II (1974) is the only sequel to have won the Best Picture award.
  13. 24 NOMINATIONS-Woody Allen has been nominated for 24 Oscars: once as an actor, seven as a director and 16 as a Producers.
  14. FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WINNER-In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Best Actor award, for his role in Lilies of the Field (1963).
  15. STARS WHO WON THE FIRST TIME THEY WERE NOMINATED-Catherine Zeta-Jones’ first nomination at the Oscars resulted in her winning the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Chicago (2002). Other stars to win first time round include Lupita Nyong’o and Kim Basinger.
  16. FIRST DEAF WINNER-Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actress to win an Oscar, for the film Children of a Lesser God in 1987.
  17. MOST NOMINATED MALE-With 12 Oscar nominations, Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor.
  18. BIGGEST WINNERS-Three of the most successful films in Oscar history are Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), with each winning 11 Oscars.
  19. POSTHUMOUS WINS-Heath Ledger and Peter Finch are the only actors to be awarded an Academy Award posthumously, for The Dark Knight (2008) and Network (1976) respectively.
  20. LONGEST SPEECH-Greer Garson delivered the longest acceptance speech ever (five minutes and 30 seconds) after winning her Best Actress award for the film Mrs Miniver (1942).
  21. THE STATUETTE-The Oscar statuette stands 34 centimetres (13.5 inches) tall and weighs in at 3.5 kgs (8.5 pounds).

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