10 little known Oscar facts + win NOW TV subscriptions

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It’s a fact that when it comes to glitz and glamour nothing beats the Oscars. Just the mere mention of the diminutive golden statuettes has celebs weak at the knees, tabloid editors frothing in anticipation of gossip, fashionistas purring at the prospect of pretty frocks and owners of extraordinarily long red carpets high-fiving all the way to the bank.

Even for those of us who never get anywhere near Hollywood’s biggest party the coverage represents an irresistible insight into the mechanics of stardom. Indeed, so great is the lure that even Quidblog, who gave up acting at the age of 5 after being miscast as a sheep in the school nativity, will be tuning into the 85th edition of the Academy Awards.

If you’re also planning on staying up late on Sunday night why not brush up on a bit of Oscar-related trivia with these ten facts.

  • It’s not known for sure how the Academy Award statuettes came to be know as ‘Oscars’ although one popular theory suggests the name was first used in 1931 by Academy librarian Margaret Herrick. When encountering the golden chaps for the first time she’s believed to have remarked, “Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!”
  • Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) hold the record for most nominations with 14 each. James Cameron’s epic tale of the sinking of the Titanic picked up 11 awards putting it level with Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King as the most successful film in Oscar history.
  • Until Heath Ledger's Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of the Joker in 2008’s Dark Knight, Peter Finch, who played crazed news anchor Howard Beale in 1977’s Network, was the only actor to be awarded an Academy Award posthumously.
  • 9 of the 20 nominees in acting cateogories have won Oscars before. Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field (Lincoln) Denzel Washington (Flight), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Alan Arkin (Argo), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) and Helen Hunt (The Sessions) have all previously been recognised by the Academy.
  • At only 10-years-old, Tatum O'Neal, was the youngest ever Oscar winner. She won the Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973.
  • At the age of 85 French actress Emmanuelle Riva, star of Amour, is the oldest nominee for a lead award this year. She’s not the oldest ever though, Gloria Stuart was 87 when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress following her role in Titanic.
  • Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy (both Lincoln) share the record for the most best picture nominations for individual producers with eight each. With his best picture nod for Argo, producer George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as the only person to be nominated in the best picture, director, writer and actor categories.
  • To qualify for a Best Picture nomination, a movie must be at least 40 minutes long, have been shown at a Los Angeles cinema for at least a week in the previous year and have a projection resolution of 2048 x 1080 pixels.
  • Only two actors have won an Oscar for playing the same character: Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won Best Actor wards for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather II respectively.
  • The longest speech in Oscar history was made in 1942 by Greer Garson, winner of Best Actress for Mrs Miniver. She went on…and on…and on for nearly seven minutes. In 1999 Gwyneth Paltrow said ‘thank you’ 23 times during her acceptance speech; a marked contrast to the short and sweet testimonies of Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden who said the words just once before leaving the stage.

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