Award Season, how do I love thee?
February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Let me count the ways. Award season is so much fun. You all know my love and adoration for popular culture (movies especially!) so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I am that the first two months of the year are always dedicated to reviewing, critiquing, and talking about movies. Just splendid. I know I have been reviewing Best Picture winners prior to an event but I figured for the mother of all awards we’d simply celebrate and I’d give you some fun facts! You know, interesting information you can share at parties to make yourself seem more informed and intellectual.
– The Academy Award statuette is 8.5lbs and 13.5in tall
– The Academy Awards began in 1929
– The name “Oscar” comes from Margaret Herrick, the academy librarian, who thought the statue looked like her uncle Oscar. (or so they say…)
– They were aired on a Sunday for the first (and ever since!) in 1999
– Walt Disney has won the most Oscars at 26 statuettes
– Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won all 11 awards for which it was nominated. This along with Ben-Hurr and Titanic hold the title of most awards won in one year
– Titanic was nominated 14 times in its year
– Meryl Streep has been nominated the most times with 13
– Adrien Brody is the youngest to win Best Actor. He was 29 at the time
– The youngest actress to win an Oscar was Tatum O’Neal. She was 10 when she won in 1973.
– Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar (1940); Sydney Poitier was the first black man (1963).
– Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win Best Director in 2010 (you go girl!)
– The first technicolor telecast of the Oscars was in 1966
The Impressive “Did You Know”‘s
– Beauty and the Beast, Up and Toy Story 3 are the only animated movies that have been nominated for Best Picture
– The Godfather: Part II is the only sequel to have won Best Picture
– Seven of the Best Actress winners in the last 11 years have been based on real people
– In 1932 Wallace Beery and Fredric March were tied for Best Actor