The ceremony of the most important awards of the cinema is close. We shared some fun facts about the Academy.
- At the beginning, presenters of the Academy Awards pronounced “The winner is…”, but since 1988 the phrase is “The Oscar goes to…”.
- Woody Allen has been nominated ten times, but has never attended the ceremony, because it interferes with his musical sessions where he plays the clarinet.
- Who would reject an Oscar? Only two men in history: George C. Scott in 1970 by repudiating his character Colonel Patton, and Marlon Brando in 1972 for his role in The Godfather.
- Time is money and more in television. In 2001, after many long speeches, the Academy offered a television to whom with the shortest speech. The winner was Michael Dudok de Wit (awarded for his animated short), with a 18-second speech.
- The most extensive speech: Greer Garson, awarded for her performance in Mrs. Miniver (1942), thanking for seven minutes.
- Draws in the ceremony? In 1931 the Oscar was shared by Wallace Beery and Frederick March, and in 1968 it by Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
- Before of time! The name of the winners was not always secret. At the beginning, the they were previously given to the press, who could announce them in their latest edition. In 1940, a newspaper went ahead and revealed them in the evening, discovering the secret.
- Icelandic singer Björk was nominated for best original song for Dancing in the Dark. At the ceremony came dressed as swan, on her way down the red carpet she placed an egg.
- The pre-gala red carpet was suspended in 2003 due to the outbreak of war.
- Italy has the record with 10 statuettes, four of them by director Federico Fellini.
- The first time an African American actress won was in 1939. This was Hattie McDaniel for her performance as “Mammy” in Gone With the Wind.
- Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro received an Oscar for playing the same character, Vito Corleone, Brando in The Godfather and DeNiro in The Godfather II.
- Alfred Hitchcock didn’t get any Oscar for Best Director despite having shot to over 60 films.
- The films that have gotten the statuettes for best picture, best director best actress, best actor and best screenplay were: It Happened One Night (1934), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and No Mercy (1975).
- In 1996, Steven Spielberg bought anonymously the only Oscar winning by Clark Gable for his performance in It Happened One Night (1934). Spielberg made this purchase to avoid the losing of its symbolic value. Then gave the prize to the Academy, considering that there was no better sanctuary for the statuette.
- The oldest woman to be nominated was Gloria Stuart, with 87 years by Titanic (1997), and the oldest winner was George Burns for The Sunshine Boys (1975) with 80 years.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) gathered eleven Oscar nominations and won in all categories, marking a record.
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