The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is considered one of the most important awards ceremonies to those in the film industry. Being recognized at the Academy Awards is almost every actor and actress’ dream. Just as scientists dream of winning a Nobel Prize, actors hope that they will be able to decorate their home with a prestigious Oscar.
So much importance is put on the Academy Awards each year. Actresses slave away, hoping to make the critic’s best dressed lists and viewers anxiously await the moment their favorite star makes their red carpet debut. With the Academy Awards just around the corner, here are a few Academy Awards fun facts to tide viewers over until the ceremony.
15 Academy Awards Fun Facts:1. The statuette, given to winners, got its name from the Academy’s librarian, Margaret Herrick. After seeing the statuette, Margaret Herrick exclaimed, “It looks like my Uncle Oscar!" Ever since that day, the award has been known as an Oscar.
2. Meryl Streep currently holds the record for the most acting nominations. She has been nominated for an Academy Award 14 times and has taken home an Oscar twice.
3. Shirley Temple was the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She received the award, in 1934, when she was only six years old. She didn’t actually win an Oscar, because she was never nominated, but the Academy gave her a small honorary award.
4. The Oscar was originally made entirely out of bronze. During World War 2, the Academy began making the mold from plaster. Presently, Oscar is created from metal alloy and plated in 24-carat gold.
5. Each Oscar takes 12 people and approximately 20 hours to make. Since 50 or 60 of these awards are made every year, around 1,000 to 1,200 hours of labor goes into the making of the Oscars.
6. During the Academy Awards, the Academy does not allow any movie to be advertised for. This is funny considering that the Academy Awards are held to recognize greatness in the film industry.
7. “And the winner is...!” Do you miss hearing that phrase? In 1989, the Academy decided to change the phrase to, "And the Oscar goes to..." just in time for the 61st ceremony.
8. Out of the 82 Academy Awards ceremonies, Bob Hope has hosted 18 of these ceremonies. Since he has been asked to host the awards show so many times, many would assume that he himself would have won an award. Unfortunately, he never did. Although, that’s not to say that the Academy forgot about him--they gave him four honorary awards.
9. In 1974, Robert Opal decided to make the awards ceremony a bit more interesting. As the nominations for Best Picture were being announced by David Niven, Opal decided to streak across the stage. He did let Niven know that he meant no harm, by giving the peace sign, but Niven was unimpressed and let the audience know about Opal’s “shortcomings.”
10. Walt Disney is the current record holder for the most awards and nominations. He was nominated 64 times, won 24 of those times, and was given 4 honorary awards.
Throughout the years, the Academy Awards have brought their share of laughs, caused their share of tears, and held some interesting moments. However, out of the many Academy Awards fun facts, these ten certainly top the list.
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