10 Facts About The Oscars You Probably Didn’t Know
After winning an award for Best Actress for Cabaret in the 1970’s, Liza Minnelli became the only Oscar winner who parents had both previously won Oscars as well! Her mother, Judy Garland, received an award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, won Best Director for Gigi in the 1950’s.
The first Oscars consisted of a private fancy dinner for about 270 people, and was held in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
Meryl Streep has been nominated a record 18 times, and has won two best actress Oscars, and one supporting actress gong! She is also one of the top people thanked in other people’s acceptance speeches! Go Meryl
The award trophy shows a knight holding a sword, standing on a film reel with five spokes. Interestingly, the five spokes represent the pillars of a film – actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.
Ties can happen in the Oscars, with six ties being recorded since the awards began!
With 12 Oscar nominations, Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor
Three of the most successful films in Oscar history are Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), with each winning 11 Oscars. Which was your favourite?
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If you want to sell your Oscar, you will need to let the Academy have the option to buy it first, at a fixed price of $1.
Due to metal shortages during World War II, the Oscar statuettes were made of plaster for three years.
At 29, Adrien Brody became the youngest actor to be given the Best Actor award, for his role in The Pianist (2002).