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Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Oscars

posted 3 months ago

So you’ve enjoyed the last Oscar awards. Ellen hosted. Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t win again! Ellen ordered some pizza delivered right on the stage. She took a selfie photo with some of the biggest stars. But did you know that there is more to that? Here are some of the many interesting facts regarding the Academy Awards:

  • The youngest Oscar winner is Tatum O’Neal. She won the Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon at 10 years old in 1973.
  • The youngest Best Actor winner is Adrien Brody at 29 for his portrayal in The Pianist. The oldest is Henry Fond, 76 for On Golden Pond.
  • Meryl Streep has the most Best Actress nominations with 18 nominations to date. Katharine Hepburn holds the most wins with four.
  • The only sequel that won the Best Picture is The Godfather: Part II.
  • Only two actors have won for playing the same character. Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro played as Vito Carleone in both The Godfather movies.
  • Italy is the country with most Best Foreign Film Oscars with 10 winners.
  • Peter O’Toole has been nominated for 8 times but never won.
  • Six Oscar winners have also won Razzies: Faye Dunaway, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bullock, Laurence Olivier, Roberto Benigni, Halle Berry and Charlton Heston.
  • Liza Minnelli is the only Oscar winner whose parents (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) also both won an Academy Awards.
  • John Lasseter dresses his Academy Awards in Barbie clothes.
  • An Oscar weighs in at just 3kg and stands 34cm tall which is equivalent to two bags of flour.
  • Only one actress has won an Oscar for her portrayal as a member of the opposite sex: Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously in 1982.
  • Hilary Swank won for her transgender role in Boys Don’t Cry in 1999.
  • Walt Disney collected 32 Oscars in 59 nominations He was nominated for 22 consecutive years and holds the record for the most Oscars in a lifetime.
  • Songs from stage musicals are not eligible for the Best Song category.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s acceptance speech has a whooping 23 thank you’s.
  • The first black woman to receive an Academy Award was Hattie McDaniel for her superb role in the movie, Gone with the Wind in 1940. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award.
  • The first color telecast of the Academy Awards took place in 1966, a year after American network television’s transition to color.

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