Oscar Tidbits

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

by Margy M.

This year March Madness isn’t just for basketball! Due to the Winter Olympics in February, the 2014 Academy Awards Ceremony honoring the best films of 2013 will air on March 2nd. Some fun factoids to know as you prepare to settle in and watch are:

  • 2014 will be the 86th year for the Academy Awards and Ellen DeGeneres will host for the 2nd time (1st time 2007).
  • The Oscar statuette’s official name is the “Academy Award of Merit” and measures just 13½ inches high. The name “Oscar” is actually a nickname adopted in the 1930s (one theory claims it is named after the Academy librarian’s uncle).
  • In 1989 the Academy replaced the phrase “And the winner is…” with “And the Oscar goes to…”
  • The first year the Oscars were televised was in 1953 with the 25th Awards.
  • Bob Hope holds the record for hosting the most Oscars at 18. Billy Crystal is runner up hosting 9, and Johnny Carson is 3rd hosting 5.
  • All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) tie the record for most film nominations (14), with Titanic taking home the most awards (11).
  • Just three films have received the Big 5 awards (best picture, director, actor, actress, and screenplay): It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) was the first color film to win Best Picture.
  • Tatum O’Neal is the youngest actor at age 10 to win a standard Oscar (best supporting actress for Paper Moon in 1974). However, Shirley Temple was only 5 in 1934 when she won an honorary juvenile Oscar.
  • Meryl Streep has the most Oscar nominations with 18, and has won three awards.
  • Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest three-time nominee ever at age 23, winning an Academy Award in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. She was also nominated in 2011 for Winter’s Bone and this year’s American Hustle.
  • According to Rotten Tomatoes, none of the 16 top-rated 2013 movies were nominated for Best Picture, and only two in the top 40 were (Gravity and 12 Years a Slave).
  • The longest running award ceremony was 4 hours and 20 minutes long in 2002. Let’s hope this year’s doesn’t top it!

Before the big day don’t forget to come by the library and check out some of the nominated and award winning movies, or a biography about one of the winners!

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  • Rosemary Yocum

    Fun facts about the Oscars, and so interesting too! Good job! The SCLD staff sure are smart, especially Margy M who compiled these Oscar tidbits!

    • http://www.scld.org Spokane County Library District

      Thanks, Rosemary!