26 Feb
  • The Oscars is an award conferred by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers
  • The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season.
  • The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.
  • As of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony held in 2011, a total of 2,809 Oscars have been given for 1,853 awards. A total of 302 actors have won Oscars in competitive acting categories or been awarded Honorary or Juvenile Awards.
  •  Oscar statuette is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in (34 cm) tall, weighs 8.5 lb (3.85 kg) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes.
  • The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.
  •  Mexican film director and actor Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. pose nude to create what today is known as the “Oscar”.
  • During World War II, the statuettes were made of plaster
  • Winners are voted for by the 5,783 members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as of 2012.
  • A film must open in the previous calendar year, from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31, in Los Angeles County, California, to qualify for nomination (except for the Best Foreign Language Film).
  • From the 70th Academy Awards, winners of the best picture awards were; Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, American Beauty, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech
  • Kodak lost naming rights to the traditional venue of the Oscars, the Kodak theatre due to its bankruptcy


  • JACK PALANCE stepped up to receive his Supporting Oscar in 1991 (for “City Slickers), the then-73-year-old actor celebrated by performing several one-armed press-ups onstage…
  • In 1973 ROBERT OPAL briefly interrupted the awards ceremony by streaking naked across the stage while live on national television.
  • Actress GREER GARSON holds the record for delivering the longest acceptance speech…. (for “Mrs Miniver in 1942). the recommended time was 45 seconds per speech but Ms.Garson (known in the industry at the time as “the Queen of Hollywood”) spoke for all of seven minutes!


  • WALT DISNEY holds the record for the highest number of individual Oscars awarded… In his lifetime he received 20 Oscars, but he was posthumously awarded a further 6, making a total of 26. Of all the statuettes awarded him, the most famous “set” were an Oscar and seven miniature statuettes in 1938 for the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
  • KATHERINE HEPBURN achieved and still holds the record of four Oscars for Best Female Acting in a Leading and/or Supporting role. Nominated 12 times (and all for Leading Roles only) during a span of 48 years, her four Oscars were awarded for 1933 (“Morning Glory”), 1967 (“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”), 1968 (“The Lion In Winter”) and 1981 (“On Golden Pond”).
  • WALTER BRENNAN and JACK NICHOLSON have achieved a record 3 Oscars for Best Acting in Leading and/or supporting roles.
  • First animated film to be nominated for Best Picture is Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • First African to win an acting award is charlize theron  (from south Africa) who won Best Actress for Monster (2003).
  • SIDNEY POITIER is the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar had  for “The Lilies In The Field” in 1963
  • Three films share the record for the highest number of awards received:
    •  the 1952 epic BEN-HUR set the record by achieving 11 out of a possible 15 Oscar categories (nominated in 14 of them).
    • Since then James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) and Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003) have each won 11 out of a possible 17 Oscars (nominated in 12 and 11 categories respectively)
  • In 2002 at the 74th Award show saw Afro-Americans win both top honours, Best Actress for the first time, and Best Actor. first HALLE BERRY (for her 2001 performance in “Monsters Ball”) and then DENZIL WASHINGTON (for his portrayal of a bad cop in “Training Day”).
  • The 1939 film Beau Geste is the only movie that features as many as four Academy Award winners for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward, Broderick Crawford) prior to any of the actors receiving the Best Actor Award.
  • PETER FINCH and HEATH LEDGER are the only persons to have won an Acting Award posthumously – and both were Australians.
  • The 1968 Oscar awards ceremony was notable for producing the only tie in votes for Best Actress, resulting in 3 female acting Oscar awards being presented. The tie for Best Actress occurred between KATHERINE HEPBURN (for “The Lion In Winter”) and BARBARA STREISAND (for “Funny Girl”).
  • Rapper EMINEM’s  “Lose Yourself” is the only hip-hop song( uncompromising lyric) to win best song writer Oscars in 2002
  • TATUM O’NEAL,is the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award who was 10 years old when she achieved Best Supporting Actress for 1973’s “Paper Moon” (in which she starred alongside her father Ryan O’Neal)
  • GEORGE BURNS is the oldest male Oscar winner in a competitive category when he won the 1975 award for “The Sunshine Boys” at age 80, until at the 1989 awards 80-year old JESSICA TANDY won Best Actress for “Driving Miss Daisy”.
  • TITANIC is the most nominated film (14 out of 17 possible) – alongside Joseph L. Mankiewitz’s ALL ABOUT EVE (winner of Best Film in 1950), nominated in 14 out of 15 possible at the time but going home with only six

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Posted by on 26 February, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT


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