Did you know due to metal shortages during World War II, the Oscar statuettes were made of plaster for three years? Well, now you do.
We all are crazy for Oscars, right?
This year, Oscars honored Bollywood stars Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor along with former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, French star Jeanne Moreau, actors Martin Landau and Harry Dean Stanton, actor and playwright Sam Shepard, and directors George Romero and Jonathan Demme in the ‘Memoriam’ montage.
READ ON TO KNOW MORE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT OSCARS:
- A ticket to the first Oscars at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929 cost USD 5.
- The first Oscars, that took place at a private dinner for about 270 people in 1929, lasted 15 minutes. The shortest Oscar telecast happened in 1959, with the screening taking one hour and 40 minutes.
- After winning an award for Best Actress for Cabaret (1972), Liza Minnelli became the only Oscar recipient whose parents were Oscar winners too. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, won Best Director for Gigi (1958).
- Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actress to win an Oscar, for the film Children of a Lesser God in 1987.
- The only X-rated film to win the Best Picture award is Midnight Cowboy (1969).
- At 234 minutes, Gone with the Wind (1939) is the longest of all movies to win the Best Picture award.
- Italy is the country with the most number of wins for Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, with 10 wins.
- The Godfather: Part II (1974) is the only sequel to have won the Best Picture award.
- In response to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, 13 Commercials focusing on female empowerment and diversity were shown during the telecast.
- “A Fantastic Woman” star Daniela Vega is the first transgender actress who has ever presented at the Oscars.
- Cate Blanchett became the first actress to win an Academy Award for playing another Academy Award winner for playing the role of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004).
- In a comparison done in 2014, of 47 speeches given in the last 12 years, Meryl Streep even beat out God for the coveted honor of being thanked most frequently in other people’s speeches.
- In the 1930s, Shirley Temple was the first performer to receive the Academy Juvenile Award, a mini Oscar trophy given to young stars to recognize their talent. It wasn’t given out every year like the usual awards since there wasn’t always a contender to receive it. The academy stopped giving them out in 1962.
- During the Academy Awards ceremony held on April 2, 1974, a man named Robert Opal ran across the stage naked, flashing the peace sign. David Niven had been on stage to introduce the Best Picture category when the streaker ran behind him. Thinking quickly on his feet, Niven remarked, “The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping … and showing his shortcomings.”
- Three people have refused the honor in the history of Oscars. The very first person to refuse an Oscar was Dudley Nichols, who had won Best Screenplay for The Informer (1935). The second one to refuse the award was George C Scott. He refused the honor of Best Actor for his dramatic portrayal of the World War II general in Patton (1970), stating that the awards ceremony was a “a two-hour meat parade.” Marlon Brando also refused his award for Best Actor for The Godfather (1972). Brando, who said he refused the award because of the discrimination toward Native Americans by the US and Hollywood, sent a woman supposedly named, Sacheen Little feather to collect his award. It turned out later that the woman was really an actress named, Maria Cruz.