The Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 26, 2012. They start at 8:30 PM EST on ABC.
If you are having a party, here’s a place where you can buy lots of fun things to create a movie/awards theme. There’s a red carpet, Hollywood star, trophies, and more!!
Here are some funfinds facts for you. There is also a ballot you can print out at the end of this post.
The Oscar statuette stands 13 1/2 inches tall and weights 8 1/2 pounds. It depicts a knight, holding a sword, standing on a reel of film which has five spokes, representing the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers). In 1949, the Academy started to number the statuettes, starting with number 501.
Contrary to the old adage, “the show must go on,” the Academy Awards ceremonies have been postponed three times. In 1938, the ceremony was delayed a week because of flooding in Los Angeles. In 1968, the Academy Awards ceremony was pushed back two days because of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. The Academy Awards ceremony was pushed back a single day in 1981 because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
The Awards First Televised
On March 19, 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony was telecast for the first time across the United States and Canada. Thirteen years later, on April 18, 1966, the Academy Awards were broadcast in color for the first time. Both of these ceremonies were hosted by Bob Hope.
Rather than the usual metal Oscar statuettes, the Academy Awards handed out plaster Oscars during World War II in support of the war effort. After the war, the plaster Oscars could be traded in for traditional metal ones.
11 Nominations, 0 Wins
Two films tie for the record of the most Oscar nominations without a single win. Both The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) received eleven Oscar nominations, but won not a single Academy Award.
Midnight Cowboy (1969), the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, is the only X-rated movie to win an Oscar.
Brother and Sister
Ethel and Lionel Barrymore are the only brother and sister to ever win Academy Awards for acting. Lionel Barrymore won an Oscar for Best Actor in A Free Soul (1931). Ethel Barrymore won an Oscar for Best Actress in None But the Lonely Heart (1944).
First Color Movie to Win Best Picture
Gone With the Wind (1939) was the first movie filmed in color to win the Best Picture award.
The Host With the Most
The list of hosts for the Academy Awards ceremony is dotted with such prestigious names as Will Rogers, Frank Capra, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire, Jack Lemmon, and David Letterman. However, one man has dominated Academy Award history; Bob Hope hosted a womping eighteen Academy Award ceremonies. Billy Crystal, who has hosted the ceremonies eight times, ranks second as the host with the most. Johnny Carson comes in third after hosting five Academy Award ceremonies.
The Oscar statuette’s official name is the “Academy Award of Merit.” The name “Oscar” is actually a nickname that has been around for decades with unclear beginnings. Though there are several different stories that claim to tell the origin of the nickname “Oscar,” the most common attributes the nickname to a comment made by Margaret Herrick. Herrick, as the story goes, worked as a librarian at the Academy and upon first seeing the statuette, commented that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar. No matter how the nickname started, it became increasingly used to describe the statuette in the 1930s and was officially used by the Academy beginning in 1939.
The Phrase “And the winner is…” Is Discontinued
At the 61st Academy Awards, held in 1989, the Academy decided to replace the trademark phrase “And the winner is…” with the phrase “And the Oscar goes to…” Did you notice?
All of the above information was found on http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/a/academytrivia.htm
Here’s a printable ballot if you want to pick your choices ahead of time and see how you do: