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20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Oscars

22 February 2013 | Features, Others | by David Zou


Despite the brilliance of stars, awards and records in the past 85 Oscars, many interesting facts remain in oblivion. It’ll be fun to dig out some trivial but memorable details about the pageant. Below are 20 things that might broaden your knowledge of the Oscars.


1. The male who has won the most Oscar awards is Walter Disney (26), the female is Edith Head (8).



2. Beatrice Straight won Best Supporting Actress for her less-than-5-minute performance in  Network(1977).



3. Patty Duke only said one word “water” in the 1962 film “The Miracle Worker” and miraculously won a Best Supporting Actress award for it.

Patty Duke


4. The actors that are nominated in the most consecutive years are Marlon Brando (1951-1954) and Al Pacino (1972-1975). The actress are Bette Davis (1938-1942) and Greer Garson (1941-1945).



5. In 1987, all five nominated directors were from outside America. They were Bernardo Bertolucci(Italy), John Boorman(England), Lasse Hallström(Sweden), Norman Jewison(Canada), and Adrian Lyne(England).



6. Woody Allen is the most nominated screen writer. He was nominated 16 times, and won 3 for “Annie Hall”, “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Midnight Paris”.



7. George Bernard Shaw is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name).

George Bernard Shaw


8. Rita Moreno is the first actor/actress to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar(Best Supporting Actress, West Side Story), and a Tony.



9. The only 3 films to win the “big five Oscar awards”(Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Original/Adapted Screenplay) are It Happened One Night(1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest(1975) and The Silence of the Lambs(1991).



10.  Both The Turning Point(1977) and The Color Purple(1985) got 11 nominations, but won nothing at the Oscar.

the color purple oscar

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