1400 bottles of Champagne and other Oscars stats and facts
Kirsty Blake Knox has some key stats about this year's Oscars...
Length of red carpet: 27.5 metres
Bottles of Champagne popped for Oscars guests: 1,400
Number of red carpet fan 'bleacher' seats: 735
Seating capacity inside the Dolby Theatre: 3,300
Number of Oscars ever awarded: 3,097
Height of statue: 34.3cm
Weight of statue: 3.85kg
Number of Dolby Theatre ticket stub collectors: 60
Amount of edible gold served at post-Oscars feast: 13.6kg.
First film to get the 'Oscar Sweep': Frank Capra's It Happened One Night received Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing and Writing - the big five.
Oldest 2018 nominee: 89-year-old Agnes Varda
Youngest 2018 nominee: 22-year-old Timothee Chalamet
Number of voting members: 7,258
Value of unofficial Everyone Wins Oscars goodie bag: $100,000+
Irish director played starring role in gong’s design
The 3.85kg Oscar statuette was designed by Ireland’s most prolific Oscar winner — Cedric Gibbons.
Nominated for 38 Academy Awards, he won 11, putting him second in the all-time Oscar-winning list behind Walt Disney. Gibbons oversaw art direction on almost every film for MGM between 1924 and 1956 and is credited as art director on 1,500 movies.
In 1928 he designed the Oscar statuette depicting a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. While Gibbons sketched the picture, it was Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley who made the model.
The first ever Oscar gong was presented in 1929 to Emil Jannings, who won Best Actor for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.
The film reel that the knight stands on features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.
The statuettes are solid bronze and plated in 24-carat gold. Owing to a metal shortage during World War II, they were made of painted plaster for three years.
Following the war, the Academy invited the wartime recipients to redeem their plaster figures for gold-plated ones.