When most people think of the Oscars, they look at it as an awards night for actors, actresses, and movies over the previous year. A night where some can pick out who was best and worst dressed, who won that Oscar but didn’t deserve it, and who was snubbed and didn’t win when they should have. The Oscars are this weekend, and although you might be an Oscar regular, I am sure you don’t know all of these facts about The Oscars.
1. The weight of an Oscar statue is 8 1/2 pounds.
2. The official red carpet at the Oscars is over 500 feet in length.
3. There are only 700 bleacher seats available for dedicated fans.
4. The venue has a capacity of about 3,300 seats.
5. Titanic (1997) holds the record for the most nominations in one year at 14.
6. The only sequel to have won Best Picture is The Godfather: Part II.
7. To qualify for Best Picture, a film needs to be at least 40 minutes long, have shown at an LA cinema for at least a week in the previous year, and have a projection resolution of 2048 x 1080 pixels.
8. Only one actress has won an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex: Linda Hunt in The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982).
9. Liza Minnelli is the only Oscar winner whose parents (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) also won Academy Awards
10. Due to metal shortages, Oscars during World War II were made from painter plaster. These were replaced with the proper kind after the war ended.
11. The longest Oscars show took place in 2002 and was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The ceremony clocked in at four hours and 23 minutes.
12. The first Academy Awards ceremony was a May 16, 1929 banquet at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room with 270 attendees.
13. Bob Hope holds the record for hosting the Academy Awards, doing it over 14 times.
14. Walt Disney is the overall record holder for Oscar nominations despite category. He was nominated 59 times with 22 wins
15. Meryl Streep has picked up her 19th nomination this year for her roll in Into the Woods. It is the most for any actor, male or any female.
16. Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive nomination for American Sniper this year.
17. Not a single winner from the 2014 Oscars was nominated this year.
The Oscars will be handed out live at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised on ABC. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Are you going to tune in to watch them?