20 Oscar facts: Interesting trivia about the Academy Awards

Updated: Feb 09, 2020, 10:11
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    The youngest person to ever receive an Oscar was 5-year-old Shirley Temple in 1934, though it was an honorary one

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    The youngest actress to win a standard Oscar was Tatum O'Neal, who was 10 years old. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Paper Moon' in 1974

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    Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Oscar, when he won for Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for his performance in 'Beginners', at age 82

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    The oldest actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor was Henry Fonda, for 'On Golden Pond' in 1982. He was 76

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    The oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar was Gloria Stewart, who was 87 when she was nominated for her role as 'Old Rose' in 1997's 'Titanic'

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    The three movies that won the most Oscars were 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' (2003), 'Titanic' (1997) and 'Ben-Hur' (1959). Each of those movies won 11 statuettes

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    Two movies have tied for the most Oscar nominations, 'Titanic' and 1951's 'All About Eve'. Both films received 14 nominations

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    The actress with the most Academy Awards for 'Best Actress' is Katharine Hepburn, who won four of the golden statuettes

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    The title for the most 'Best Actor' awards is held by Daniel Day-Lewis, who won three Oscars for 'Best Actor', for 'Lincoln', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'My Left Foot'

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    Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for acting, with 20 nominations

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    The male actor with the most Oscar nominations is Jack Nicholson, who was nominated 12 times

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    The individual who was awarded the most Oscars was none other than Walt Disney, who walked away with 26 Academy Awards over his lifetime. He had 64 total Oscar nominations

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    The director with the most Oscar wins was John Ford, who won for 'The Grapes of Wrath', 'How Green Was My Valley', 'The Quiet Man' and 'The Informer'

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    The longest acceptance speech ever given at an Academy Awards ceremony was by Greer Garson, when she accepted her award for Best Actress in 1942's 'Mrs. Miniver'. It's uncertain exactly how long she spoke - most sources agree it was somewhere between 5 and a 1/2 and 7 minutes

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    Clint Eastwood is the oldest person to win Best Director for 'Million Dollar Baby' (2004), at age 74

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    Billy Crystal played Oscar host in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012. The Academy loved Billy so much that they had him host the Awards nine times. His wisecracks were always a hit with the guests

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    Sidney Poitier was the first Black actor to win the Best Actor for 'Lilies of the Field' (1963)

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    Halle Berry was the first Black actress to win Best Actress for 'Monster's Ball' (2001)

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    Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win Best Director for 'The Hurt Locker' (2008)

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    The Oscar statuette weighs 6 and 3/4 pounds and stands 13 and 1/2 inches high. It was named by Margaret Herrick, the Academy librarian, who remarked in 1931, "Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!" (Her uncle's full name, for the record, was Oscar Pierce).

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Do you know who is the youngest person to win an Oscar? Or which films have won the maximum number of Oscars? How about why the Oscars are called the Oscars? With the 92nd Academy Awards taking place on February 10, we bring you 20 interesting facts about the awards extravaganza.