25 Fun Bits of Oscar Trivia
THE OSCARS® ARE COMING! Who’s excited? Clearly I am, and I hope you are too. This is Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. The flash, the gowns, the golden statues! It’s all so fabulous. And we get to see the hard work of elite members of the film industry rewarded with recognition and (always surprisingly heavy) trophies. What could be better than that? (I mean, other than attending an Oscar party – WHICH WE ARE THROWING! Details below.)
Let’s make this super fun night even more fun by adding trivia into the mix.
First, let’s get historic
1. The Oscar statuette weighs 6 3/4 pounds, and stands 13 1/2 inches high. It was named by Margaret Herrick, the Academy librarian, who remarked in 1931 (upon seeing the statuettes), “Why, it looks like my Uncle Oscar!”
2. The only silent film to win Best Picture was Wings in 1927. The Artist won in 2011, but the use of sound effects, soundtrack, and brief dialogue at the end keep it out of the silent film category.
3. The first color film to win Best Picture was Gone with the Wind.
4. The longest acceptance speech ever given at an Oscar ceremony was given by Greer Garson. Her speech lasted for about five minutes and 30 seconds when she accepted her award for Best Actress in 1942’s Mrs. Miniver. So you can thank her for those frustratingly rude interruptions. Way to spoil it for everyone, Greer!
5. The only sequels to win Best Picture are The Godfather Part II in 1974 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.
6. The only actors to win consecutive Oscars are:
Luise Rainer, 1936 and 1937
Spencer Tracy, 1937 and 1938
Katharine Hepburn, 1967 and 1968
Jason Robards, 1976 and 1977
Tom Hanks, 1993 and 1994
And possibly Jennifer Lawrence? I don’t want to jinx it, but TEAM J.LAW!
All in the family
7. The only Oscar winner with Oscar winning parents is Liza Minnelli. Her mother Judy Garland received an Honorary miniature Oscar in 1939; father Vincente Minnelli won Best Director in 1958; Liza Minnelli won Best Actress in 1972.
8. The only brothers to receive acting Oscar nominations are River Phoenix in 1998 and Joaquin Phoenix in 2000, 2005 and 2012.
9. The only brother and sister to win acting Oscars are Lionel Barrymore in 1931 and Ethel Barrymore in 1944.
10. The two three-generation Oscar winning families are The Hustons (Walter Huston in 1948; son John Huston in 1948; and granddaughter Anjelica Huston in 1985) and The Coppolas (Carmine Coppola in 1974; son Francis Ford Coppola in 1970; and granddaughter Sofia Coppola in 2003).
11. But the most Oscar nominated family in history is The Newmans with 87 nominations and counting. Brothers Alfred Newman (43 nominations), Emil Newman (1), and Lionel Newman (11); second generation, Randy Newman (20), David Newman (1), and Thomas Newman (11). Yowza!
Speaking of family, Oscars night gossip is all about Hollywood family dynamics. And family is certainly important to Sprint. Which is why they’ve created their Sprint FramilySMPlan. Framily = Friends + Family + Anyone else. The more people added, the more everyone saves (up to 10 people). Plans start as low as $25/mo. per line (when you reach 7 people in your Framily). And everyone gets separate bills! SCORE.
Now, let’s take a trip
12. France has the most Foreign Language Film nominations to date with 36.
13. But Italy beats France by one in wins to date with 13.
14. The Foreign Language Film with the most nominations (10) and wins (4) to date is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
15. The only Oscar to win an Oscar was Oscar Hammerstein II for Best Song in 1941 and 1945.
16. The tallest actor to ever win an Oscar was The Duke, aka John Wayne. The Duke was 6’4.
17. The year 2004 marked the first time five African American performers were nominated for acting awards. They were: Jamie Foxx (Best Actor: Ray & Best Supporting Actor: Collateral), Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor: Million Dollar Baby), Don Cheadle (Best Actor: Hotel Rwanda) and Sophie Okonedo (Best Supporting Actress: Hotel Rwanda). The previous record was three in a single year which occurred in both 2001 and 1972.
The power of now
18. Meryl Streep holds the record for most Best Actress Oscar nominations with 18.
19. Jack Nicholson holds the record for most Best Actor Oscar nominations with 12. And the most wins for a man in this category with 3.
20. Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest actress to receive three Oscar nominations. (Once again, this chick is perfection.)
21. Wolf of Wall Street is the most profanity-laced film (with somewhere around 550 f-bombs) to be nominated for Best Picture.
22. American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nominations in every acting category. And David O. Russell is the first director to helm two movies back-to-back to be included in this achievement. Well done, sir.
23. Frozen composer, Bobby Lopez is up for an EGOT!! If “Let it Go” wins, he’ll become the 12th person in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. He’ll also be the youngest EGOT’er at just a wee 39.
24. The Oscar for Best Animated Feature was first awarded in 2002. Pixar has since released 11 films that have been eligible for the award and only two of those films have not been nominated.
25. Producer Megan Ellison of Her and American Hustle is the first woman and only the third person ever to snag two Best Picture nominations in the same year. Get it, girl!
And we’re certainly in for new fun bits of trivia this year! Make sure you join our live Oscar night Twitter party, co-hosted by the lovely Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch)! Red Carpet coverage starts at 7pm EST / 4pm PST and we’ll be tweeting about the dresses, the speeches and all the other fun moments in between. Follow these hashtags to join the conversation: #HGparty, and #Oscars!
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