Oscar Facts and Triva
All about the Oscars
Which films have won the most academy awards?
It was a 3-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.
Which films have the most Oscar nominations?
All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.
What was the most awards ever won by anyone?
Walt Disney with 26 wins. (4 were honorary)
(*Visual effects expert Dennis Muren is 2nd with 9 wins.*)
The most nominations for any person:
Walt Disney with 59 nominations.
The woman with the most ever Oscar nominations:
Costume designer Edith Head with 35 nominations. (She won 8 times.)
Who had the most Oscar wins in one year?
Walt Disney with 4 wins in 1954.
The most Best Director Oscars:
John Ford with 4 wins.
Actress with the most Oscar wins:
Katherine Hepburn with 4 wins. (Ingrid Bergman and Meryl streep are tie for 2nd with 3 wins each)
Most wins for a Male Actor:
Walter Brennan and Jack Nicholson have three oscars each.
Who was the youngest person to ever win an Oscar?
Tatum O’Neal won for Paper Moon (1974) at age 10; although Shirley Temple won an honorary academy award at age 5, in 1934. (The first child to ever be nominated was Jackie Cooper for Skippy at age 9, in 1931)
The oldest male actor to ever win an Oscar:
Christopher Plummer won for the Beginners in (2012) at age 82.
The oldest actress to win an Oscar:
Jessica Tandy won for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989, at age 81. (The oldest nominee was Gloria Stuart at age 87 for Titanic in 1997.)
Who was the first black person to win an Oscar?
Hattie McDaniel won in 1939 for Gone with the Wind.
Who was the first black man to win a best actor Oscar?
Sidney Poitier in 1963 for Lilies of the Field.
Who was the first actress to ever win two Oscars?
Luise Rainer--and she was also the first to ever win two Oscars back-to-back; for The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 and the Good Earth in 1937. (She also has the longest life-span for any Oscar winner at age 102)
Who was the first director to ever win two Best Director awards in a row?
John Ford for the Grapes of Wrath in 1940 and How Green was my Valley in 1941.
Which performer (actor/actress) has the most Oscar nominations?
Meryl Streep has the most nominations of any performer at 17. (She’s won three times.)
Who was the first woman to ever win the Best Director Oscar?
Katherine Bigelow won in 2009 for the Hurt Locker.
Who was the first Asian nominated for an acting award?
Sessue Hayakawa for The Bridge on the River Kwai in 1957.
Who was the first Asian to ever win the Best Director Oscar?
Ang Lee won for Brokeback Mountain in 2005
The first fantasy film to ever win Best Picture was:
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2003
The first animated film nominated for Best Picture was:
Beauty and the Beast in 1991.
Only X-Rated film to win Best Picture was:
Midnight Cowboy in 1969.
Who was the first Middle-Eastern actor to ever get a nomination?
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif was first for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962.
Who got the first ever posthumous acting award win?
Peter Finch won for Network in 1976, although he passed away before the film was released.
The first academy award for Best Make-Up was given in 1982. Rick Baker won for “American Werewolf in London”.
The tallest Oscar nominee ever was…
James Cromwell at 6 foot 6 inches-nominated for Babe in 1995. (The tallest winner was Tim Robbins at 6’5, who won Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River.)
Who is the only Latino person to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony?
The first Oscar ceremony was in 1928.
Supporting actors and actresses were originally only given plaques instead of statues.
The Oscars were first televised on NBC in 1953.
Bob Hope hosted the Oscars the most; a total of 17 times.
It wasn’t until 1940 that the Oscar winners were kept secret. Until then, people knew who won before hand.
After Ben Hur won for Best Picture in 1959, the Motion Picture Academy encouraged theaters showing the film not to sell sodas, popcorn or candies with the film, because it was “too important!”
The Oscars were originally a banquet until 1943, when they became more formal and ceremonial.
The longest ever acceptance speech was by Greer Garson in 1942. It was 6 minutes long.
Martha Raye was the first person to win the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
In 1974, presenter David Niven was interrupted when a stripper ran across the stage.
The longest Oscar ceremony was in 2006, hosted by Whoopie Goldberg. It ran four & a half hour.
Three Silent films have won Best Picture: Wings (1927), Sunrise (1928) and the Artist (2012).
No one is sure where the name “Oscar” originally came from.
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