20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Oscars
Despite the brilliance of stars, awards and records in the past 84 Oscars, many interesting facts remain in oblivion. It’ll be fun to dig out some trivial but memorable details about the pageant.Â 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 Â 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.
4. The actors that are nominated in the most consecutive years areÂ 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 HallstrĂ¶m(Sweden), Norman Jewison(Canada), and Adrian Lyne(England).
6. Woody Allen is the most nominated screen writer. He was nominated 15 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).
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. Â Both The Turning Point(1977) and The Color Purple(1985) got 11 nominations, but won nothing at the Oscar.
11. Broadway Melody(1929), The Grand Hotel(1931) and Mutiny on the Bounty(1935) won nothing else except the Best Picture award. This scenario won’t happen again nowadays.
12. Wings(1927) is the only silent movie that won an Oscar.
13. There are 8 foreign language films that have been nominated in the Best Picture category, including Amour this year.
14. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the most nominated foreign language film, it got 10 nominations in 2000.
15. The longest Oscar Best Picture is Gone with the Wind(234 minutes), followed by Lawrence of Arabia(232 minutes). The shortest Oscar Best Picture is Marty(91 minutes), narrowly defeating Annie Hall(93 minutes).
16. The first animated film that got Best Picture nomination is Beauty and Beast(1991).
17. Midnight Cowboy(1969) is the first and only X-rated film that won the Best Picture award.
18. William Wyler is the most nominated director, he had been nominated Best Director for 11 times. John Ford is the most winning director, he had won 4 Oscar Best Director awards during his career, interestingly, none of Â the movies was a Western.
19. Italy is Oscar’s favorite foreign country. 12 Italian films have won Best Foreign Language Films in total.
20. Contrary to popular belief, there is still an award called “Best Musical”. But due to the lack of eligible films each year, there’s always no nomination in this category, that’s why most of us have never heard of this award.