It’s Oscars night! As exciting as the anticipation part can be, time can seemingly stand still and we will eventually lose all means of patience.. As usual, at CIIN we love to keep you entertained.. Without steering your attention away from the 91st Academy Awards, instead, we have wrapped up 10 interesting general facts about the Oscars that you may have never been aware of before..
1 || The Oscars were shown for the first time on TV on March 19, 1953.
2 || Due to a metal shortage during the Second World War – and for 3 consecutive years- , winners of the 1943 ceremony received plaster filled trophies.. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.
3 || The longest acceptance speech was by Greer Garson, which was during the 15th Awards ceremony, and was six minutes long.
4 || The first person to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar winner was Cate Blanchett, who portrayed Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).
5 || Walt Disney has received 26 Oscars, the highest till now. He was nominated for a staggering 64 awards!
6 || Tatum O’Neal was the youngest Oscar winner ever at the age of 10. She won the Best Supporting Actress for the film Paper Moon.
7 || Jessica Tandy was the oldest person to receive the Oscar at the age of 81. She received the Best Actress Award for her part in Driving Miss Daisy.
8 || The shortest Oscar speech was shared by William Holden and renowned director Alfred Hitchcock, whose speech was simply, “Thank you.”
9 || The phrase “And the winner is..” was abandoned in 1989 and the line mostly used since then has been, And the Oscar goes to…”
10 || The Oscar statuette is solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. It stands 13.5 inches (34 centimeters) tall and weighs 8.5 pounds (3.8 kilograms).
11 || Winners are not owners of the statuette: Oscar winners must sign an agreement stating that if they wish to sell their statuettes they must first offer them to the Academy for $1. If they refuse, they cannot keep their trophy. Interestingly, Steven Speilberg bought Bette Davis’ Oscar for $578,000 in 2001 and donated it back to the Academy and Michael Jackson paid over a million for David Selznick’s award in 1999. Steven Spielberg also bought Clark Gable’s 1934 Best Actor Oscar for It Happened One Night, for the bargain price of $550,000 in 1996.