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Oscar Facts and Triva

Updated on April 17, 2013

All about the Oscars

Oscar Facts:

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?

Rita Morena.


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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    • Robwrite profile image

      Rob 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Morena was the first and only Latino person to ever win all four.


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      Kevyn Knox 4 years ago

      You say Rita Moreno is the only EGOT winner, but actually there are eleven people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

      They are John Gielgud, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Rodgers, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin.

      Moreno was actually the third person to pull this off.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Shinkicker; Streep is an amazing talent, no doubt. I wonder how many total nominations she'll get before she's through.

      Thanks for reading,


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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      Wow! 17 nominations for Meryl Streep? That's incredible, what a talent.

      I'm also surprised that only one X-Certificate has won Best Picture. I thought there would be more.

      Cheers for some interesting facts Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      It is? Didn't know that. Thanks Flora. Its nice to get some recognition occasionally.

      Thanks for the news,


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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      This hub is one of the recommeended hubs in the archival version of the latest weekly HP newsletter. Congratulations.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi G.H.: Glad you liked it. Walt Disney won on an almost yearly basis for his animated short films and often for his not-so-well-known serious documentaries, about nature and science. He produced over 600 films, cartoons, shorts and documentaries, so its no wonder he leads in wins and nominations. It is a bit surprising given the respect he had that non of his films were ever nominated for best picture but I guess that was just the thinking of the time that animation and films were two different animals and never the twain shall meet. Comedies have never fared particulalry well at the oscars. Relatively few have won. As for fantasy, that's a field that's really hard to do well, so I'm not too surprised that only one has ever won.

      Thanks for stopping by,


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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      Nice page Rob with loads of interesting facts - good for reference purposes. Some of the stats I think show an inbuilt bias on the part of the academy - for instance, no fantasy winner before 2003 and no animated nomination before 1991. Comedy also suffers I believe, even though it's probably the hardest genre to do well. As for Walt Disney's list - well that's just being greedy!! (and a little bizarre in view of the apparent disrespect shown to feature length animated films).

      Good page, which I enjoyed reading.

      P.S - I read the comments about the shortest speech in history - maybe Jean Dujardin missed a trick (and a place in the history books) with his acceptance speech for 'The Artist' - maybe he should have stayed silent :-)

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Bruce; Thanks for that extra bit of movie trivia. Five years is pretty impressive.

      I'm still curious to know who came up with the nickname Oscar or who it was named after but I may never know.

      Great to hear from you;


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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      What more can you ask from a hub....movies and trivia....two of my favorite things.....lots of great facts in your hub. As for your last trivia nugget....nobody knows how the award became Oscar....but there are plenty of people that have tried to take credit for one of the most well known nicknames ever.

      Here is one for your list.....which actor/actress holds the record for consecutive acting nominations in a row?

      Bette Davis and Greer Garson each had a 5 year run with consecutive nominations.

      Voted up and very interesting.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Imkarn; I was happy for Plummer, too. Its great to see a legend of the industry getting his due. As for Edith head, she is the third most winning person in the history of the oscars. She had a nearly 50 year career.

      Thanks for reading,


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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Great Academy trivia! Being Canadian - happy for Christopher Plummer! 35 for Edith head? really? 8 wins? who knew..

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Glad it was helpful, rusha. I aim to please.


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      rusha 5 years ago from kolkata,INDIA

      I really found this hub very useful.Recently I had attended an"Oscar quiz competition" organised by STAR MOVIES and all these information have really proved to be useful.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I've been getting the oscar results off the Net and I'm updating the facts here. Christopher Plummer just broke George Burn's record as the oldest man to ever win an Oscar, while Meryl Streep just tied Ingrid Berman as the woman with the second most acting Oscars (Behind Kate Hepburn.)


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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Now that the Memorial segment is over I've rather lost interest. They no longer air the lifetime achievement awards. I think I'll check in every now and then to see when larger awards are named.

      So far among classic era:Christopher Plummer did win (finally!) I wanted only him or Sydow to win that award.

      The wards seen interspersed among the films, rather than one taking everything.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Flora; Brevity is a good thing. I wish the hosts would practice some of it, too, because they go on too long. Billy Crystal is one of the worst offenders in the too-much-host category.

      I'm not watching the Oscars right now but I'll be very interested to read about the results later.

      Good to hear from you;


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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Yes, that (Thankyou)is what both Hitch and Elia Kazaan said for their honorary Oscars.

      I have the Oscar telecast in the background so I can pay attention to parts I want and ignore others -meanwhile I am on this site. I was familiar with most of the facts, but only some of the trivia.

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      I used to think Joe Pesci just said Thanks! and left after winning for Goodfellas but from what I read on the net he said a bit more than that.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Steve; I don't know who the shortest is. Did anyone ever just say "thank you" and walk off the stage?

      Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for reading,


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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      Good work Rob, interesting Oscar facts. I can't think of any to add... oh here's one... who had the shortest acceptance speech? Joe Pesci? Bill Holden? Hitch? One thing I hate about the Oscars are the rambling, never-ending acceptance speeches. Get off for chrissakes! :)

      A fun hub! Voted Up!

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Good catch. I'll correct that. thanks.


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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Interesting, Although Jack Nicholson also had 3 Oscars.