This year marks the 86th Annual Academy Awards, and just like every other ceremony, we expect surprises, tears and maybe an accidental curse word or two!
Before you hunker down for the 3-and-a-half hour awards show, impress your friends with these 10 interesting facts about Hollywood's biggest night!
"Oscar" is not the official name of the gold trophy presented to winners. The real name is "Academy Award of Merit" which was later coined Oscar in 1939 by an Academy assistant who thought the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar. Guess the name stuck.
The first Academy Awards took place on May 16, 1929 in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. A ticket to the show only cost $5 and the ceremony lasted a total of 15 minutes.
Three films have tied the record for most awards won in a single year. Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) all won 11 Oscars in their respective years.
The most honored person in Oscar history is Walt Disney. He received 59 nominations and 26 awards.
The youngest Oscar winner in an acting category: 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal in 1974, who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Paper Moon.
The oldest Oscar winner in an acting category: 82-year-old Christopher Plummer in 2012, who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Beginners
Who gave the longest Oscar speech? That distinction goes to Greer Garson who spoke for a whopping 5 minutes and 30 seconds when accepting her Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for Mrs. Miniver in 1943. To give you some perspective: in 2010, producers attempted to shorten the acceptance speeches by playing music after the winner had spoken for 45 seconds.
For three years during World War II, the Oscar statuette was actually made out of painted plaster. Winners during those years were eventually able to trade them in for gold-plated ones.
You can get paid to attend the Oscars! Seat fillers are used when celebrities go to the bathroom or win an award to give the appearance that all of the seats are filled. You can earn $125 for the night - not bad, especially if you get the chance to sit next to Leonardo DiCaprio!
Only three animated films have ever been nominated for Best Picture: Beauty and the Beast (1992), Up (2010) and Toy Story 3 (2011).
Beauty and the Beast
Best Picture nominee American Hustle is only the 15th film in history to score at least one nomination in each of the four acting categories. Other films to achieve this feat include: My Man Godfrey (1937), Sunset Blvd. (1951), Bonnie and Clyde (1968), Reds (1982) and Silver Linings Playbook (2013).
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