The 87th Academy Awards will be airing tomorrow. In the meantime read 87 facts to honor the 87th Academy Awards. Before you watch it tomorrow tonight, you can relive some history, some facts about the winners, some snubs, and other interesting things about the Academy Awards. So here are 87 facts that will interest any diehard movie fan.
1. Even though Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most distinguished directors of his time, he has never won a Best Director award.
2. Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win for Best Director.
3. The least watched Academy Awards since 1974 was in 2008. That was the year that “No Country For Old Men” won for Best Picture.
4. Wondering how long ABC has been airing the Academy Awards? Well they’ve been doing it since 1976!
5. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars last year.
6. This year Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the event.
7. The weight of the Oscar statue is 8 1/2 pounds.
8. The place that has hosted the Academy Awards the most is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
9. Bob Hope has hosted the event the most.
10. The shortest telecast was in 1959. It was only 1 hour and 40 minutes.
11. The statue’s height is 13 1/2 inches tall.
12. “12 Years A Slave” won the Best Picture award last year.
13. Ang Lee won the Best Director award for the movie “Life Of Pi.”
14. Loretta Young won the Best Actress award for her role in the movie “The Farmer’s Daughter.”
15. Olivia de Havilland won the Best Actress award for her role in “The Heiress.”
16. Christopher Plummer is the oldest person to win an Oscar. At age 82 he won the Best Supporting Actor award for “The Beginners.”
17. First award show was in 1929.
18. Katharine Hepburn has won four Best Actress awards in her career.
19. The longest telecast was in 2004. It lasted for over 4 hours!
20. McDonald’s ads have been in every Oscar telecast since 1992.
21. American Express ads have been in every Oscar telecast since 1993.
22. “Whiplash” is one of the Best Picture nominees this year.
23. “Boyhood” is also one of the Best Picture nominees this year too.
24. The first sequel to win Best Picture is “The Godfather: Part II.”
25. “Midnight Cowboy” is the only X-rated movie to win the Best Picture award.
26. Who is the most nominated character? Believe it or not it’s the real life king, Henry VIII.
27. While “The Godfather: Part II,” was the first winner, the first sequel to be nominated was “The Bells of St. Marys.”
28. George C. Scott refused his Oscar.
29. The youngest Oscar winner is Tatum O’Neal.
30. Meryl Streep has picked up 19 nominations, the most recent for the movie “Into The Woods.”
31. It was in 1966 when the Oscars was televised in color.
32. “The Color Purple” had 11 nominations but didn’t win any.
33. “Turning Point” also had 11 nominations but didn’t win any of them either.
34. Shirley Temple is the youngest actress or actor to get a honorary Oscar. She was five!
35. “Argo” won the Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards.
36. Best Director last year was Alfonso Cuaron.
37. Jared Leto won for Best Supporting Actor award last year.
38. Rosamund Pike is nominated this year for the Best Actress award.
39. Felicity Jones is also nominated. this year.
40. Best Picture to win at the 23rd Academy Awards was “All About Eve.”
41. The short live action film “Helium” won at the 86th Academy Awards.
42. “Wild Wings” won the Best Short Live Action award at the 38th Academy Awards.
43. You can read Academy Award acceptance speeches here.
44. “Toy Store 3” won at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Animated Film.
45. “Frozen” won for Best Animated Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
46. “Rango” won in 2011 for Best Animated Film.
47. “Spirited Away” won for Best Animated Film in 2002.
48. “Beauty and the Beast” was nominated for Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards.
49. “Bugsy” was also nominated at the 64th Academy Awards.
50. It was “Silence of the Lambs” that won the Best Picture award at the 64th Academy Awards.
51. Also that year “JFK” won the Film Editing award.
52. Woody Allen beat George Lucas for the Best Director award in 1977.
53. Best Foreign Film that year went to “Madame Rosa.”
54. “Madame Rosa” is a French film.
55. At the 60th Academy Awards, Michael Douglas won for Best Actor.
56. Best Actress went to Cher at the 60th Academy Awards.
57. “The Last Emperor” won the Cinematography Oscar at the 60th Academy Awards.
58. The 60th Academy Awards was in 1987.
59. 1970 saw Cromwell winning the Oscar for Costume Design.
60. Best Picture in 1970 was “Patton.”
61. At the 31st Academy Awards, David Niven won for Best Actor.
62. Susan Hayward won for Best Actress at the 31st Academy Awards.
63. Best Foreign Language award went to “Cinema Paradiso” in 1989.
64. The Best Editing award went to “Crash” at the 78th Academy Awards.
65. The Best Editing award went to “Schindler’s List” at the 66th Academy Awards.
66. Best Documentary went to “One Day in September” in 1999.
67. Only two movies were nominated for Best Makeup at the 60th Academy Awards. They were “Happy New Year” and “Harry and the Hendersons (which that one won).
68. “Quest for Fire” beat “Gandhi” for the Best Makeup award at the 55th Academy Awards.
69. In 1970 “Tora! Tora! Tora!” won for the Special Visual Effects award.
70. First Academy Awards happened at the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
71. The price of guest tickets was $5 for the first Academy Awards.
72. “Shrek” was the first animated film to win at the Academy Awards for the Best Animated category.
73. It’s also interesting to say that “Shrek” won in 2001, that the was the year that the Academy added the Best Animated Film category.
74. The first televised Oscars show was on March 19, 1953.
75. 72 million U.S. viewers tuned into last year’s Academy Awards.
76. Jane Campion was nominated for Best Director for her film “The Piano” in 1993.
77. Sofia Coppola was the first American woman to be nominated for Best Director.
78. “All About Eve” had been nominated 14 times.
79. “Titanic” also had 14 nominations.
80. “Titanic” won 11 out of those 14 nominations.
81. Jack Black will be performing at the 87th Academy Awards.
82. It was 2011 when “The King’s Speech” won Best Picture.
83. Also in 2011 Natalie Portman won for Best Actress.
84. “Ben-Hur,” “Titantic,” and “Return of the King,” have all won 11 Oscars.
85. “West Side Story” won 10 Oscars.
86. “On the Waterfront” won 8 Oscars.
87. “The English Patient” won 9 Oscars.
So that’s a long list of facts to soak in. Of course it wouldn’t have been done without the help of some websites that were used while researching, those sites were Oscars.org, Film Site, and Forbes. Anyway, will you guys be watching the Academy Awards tomorrow? What do you think of these facts? Share your thoughts in the comments!