Friday 19 January 2018

10 things you didn't know about the Oscars

Film producer Walt Disney in his studio. (Photo by John Loengard//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Film producer Walt Disney in his studio. (Photo by John Loengard//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Film fans or not, most of us will tune in to watch the 86th Academy Awards this year.

If setting our alarm to watch it real-time through the night doesn’t appeal, we’ll at least be tuning into the repeats on Monday night.

You’ve read your ultimate bluffer’s guide to 2014’s best films, now it’s time to read some snippets of information about the Oscars themselves that will have your co-Oscar-watching buddies very impressed.

1. Oscar quick fix

Oscars are often placed on the mantelpiece or in a cabinet with care, but they still get damaged. The awards are regularly returned to R.S Owens & Co, the Chicago trophymaker that has been creating the statues since the early eighties, for repairs and quick fixes.

2. War-time awards

Gold-painted plastic Oscar statues were given out during the metal shortage of World War II. Once the war ended, winners were awarded with the real deal.

3. Oscar auction

Michael Jackson was the owner of an Oscar. The late singer paid $1.54 million in 1999 in an auction for David Selznick’s Best Picture Oscar for the 1939 classic ‘Gone With The Wind’.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson died in June 2009


4. It's a tie

Three films have tied for winning 11 awards each, the most ever. They are ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003), ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘Ben Hur’ (1959).

5. Oscar dimensions

Each Oscar is 13.5 inches tall, weighs 8.5 pounds and takes about 20-man-hours to complete. If a flaw is noticed during any stage of the creation process, the statue is destroyed.

6. Disney holds the record

Walt Disney is the man who holds the record for both the most Oscar nominations (59) and Oscars won (26).

Walt DISNEY (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Walt Disney

7. Most nominated actor

The late Irish actor Peter O’Toole holds the record for most Best Actor nominations without ever winning. He was nominated eight times in total.

8. Limo duty

When you’re going to the Oscars, you know you’ll be arriving in style. Three hundred limos are booked in Hollywood each year for the big bash.

9. The first Oscars

The Academy Awards were first held in 1929. It was a private brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and tickets were $5. The first show was televised in 1953.

10. The longest winner

‘Gone With The Wind’ is the longest Best Picture winner at 234 minutes in length.

Read more: What you really need to know about the Academy Awards

Read more: Eight things you need to know about this year's Oscars

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