And the Oscar Goes To…..Academy Award Factoids
The Oscars is an annual event adored by film buffs across the country. Along with watching the ceremony, viewers often throw their own black tie parties filled with movie trivia games, Oscar betting pools and delectable snacks. The Academy Awards is a night where dreams come true, where history is made and where an important life lesson is taught, if you work hard, anything is possible.
Many great actors and actresses have received high praise over the years for the iconic roles they have played. Yet, some of these film stars have only received one Oscar, while others have never won at all. Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Marilyn Monroe are a few big names that haven’t taken home a golden statuette of their own, even though there is still time for everyone, except Marilyn.
Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for an Oscar on four separate occasions before his big Oscar win in 2016. DiCaprio, an actor that has worked with Oscar-winning directors such as Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg and starred along side Oscar-winning actors and actresses like Robert DeNiro, Kate Winslet and Daniel Day-Lewis, has only walked away with one Oscar win for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for his work in The Revenant (2015).
Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar, despite his 5 separate nominations for “Best Director.” Hitchcock left a legacy in Hollywood like no other due to his legendary directing on films like Psycho and North by Northwest.
Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro are the only 2 actors that have won an Oscar for playing the same character. Brando played Vito Corleone in The Godfather, while DeNiro played a younger Corleone in The Godfather Part II.
There is an Oscar museum that will open in LA in 2018. Yes, you read that correctly. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to open next year and will pay tribute to Oscar winning films, Oscar wining actors and actresses and the history of cinema. The six-story museum will even include a theater that can seat 1,000 patrons.
According to New York Daily News, The Oscar statuette that is given to the Academy Award winners at each Oscar Ceremony weighs 8.5 pounds, is 13.5 inches tall and is made of gold-plated britannia metal. The only time an Oscar winner received a statuette that was not made of gold-plated Britannia metal was during World War II. The statuettes were made of plaster that year, in an effort to reserve metal for war efforts. According to MSN News, Oscar winners are not allowed to sell their statuette; they must offer it back to the Academy first, where they will receive $1.
There are only 3 films that have won all major 5 awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay) It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Walt Disney holds the record of most Oscar’s won by an individual. According to The Times of India, Walt Disney received an Oscar win 26 times; out of the 64 times he was nominated.
Despite it being named The Greatest American Movie of All Time, Citizen Kane (1941) only won 1 Oscar out of the 9 categories it was nominated for at The 14th Academy Awards in 1942. Citizen Kane won for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. However, Best Picture went to How Green Was My Valley that year. It’s clear to see which film went on to make the bigger impact.