1. Before, presenters of the Academy Awards pronounced “The winner is …”, but since 1988 has been used the phrase “The Oscar goes to …”.
2. The record for Oscar for foreign language film has been for Italy, with 10 statuettes, four of them by director Federico Fellini.
3. 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”.
4. The first time an African American actress was won in 1939. She was Hattie McDaniel for her role as “Mammy” in “Gone With the Wind”.
5. The films that have achieved the most important Oscar for best picture, best director best actress, best actor and best screenplay were: “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991, “No Mercy” in 1975 and “It Happened One Night” 1934.
6. Steven Spielberg bought anonymously in 1996 the only Oscar winning by actor Clark Gable for his performance in “It Happened One Night” in 1934. Spielberg explains that made this purchase to avoid losing its symbolic value and become commercially exploited. The award was later ceded to the Academy, considering that there is no better sanctuary for a statuette.
7. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003 won eleven Oscar nominations and won in all categories, marking a record.
8. Katharine Hepburn is the most recognized actress at the Oscars, with twelve nominations and four awards. But Meryl Streep has been nominated for awards 13 times and has won more times than Hepburn.
9. The oldest woman to be nominated for an award is Gloria Stuart (87 years) by “Titanic” in 1997, and the older winner wasGeorge Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” in 1975, aged 80.
10. Alfred Hitchcock did not get any Oscar for best director in spite of having shot over 60 films.
And another that you surely know: Walt Disney, with over 60 nominations and 26 Oscars, is the most valued by the Academy, especially for his animated shorts.