Oscar : fun facts

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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.

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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.

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Sridevi : a mini biography

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Sridevi was born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan on 13 August 1963 in Meenampatti, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India. She was honored with the Padma Shri in 2013 by the Government of India and received this award from the President of India Pranab Mukherjee. She was well-known for her acting skills and received numerous famous awards for her contribution to the film industry. During her acting career, she worked with so many popular actors like Jeetendra, Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Nagarjuna, Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, etc.

Family & Personal Life :

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Sridevi belonged to an OBC (Naidu community & Nadars) caste and was born to lawyer Ayyapan Yangerand Rajeswari Yanger. She has two stepbrothers Anand & Satish and a sister Latha.

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In 1985, she got married to Indian film actor Mithun Chakraborty to whom she divorced in 1988

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She re-married on 2 June 1996 to film producer Boney Kapoor. She has two daughters actress Jhanvi Kapoor and Internet celebrity Khushi Kapoor. She also has a step-daughter Anshula Kapoor and a step-son Arjun Kapoor, who is an actor by profession.

Career :

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She made her first on-screen appearance when she was just 4 in 1967 in the Tamil film Thunaivan, in which she played the role of young Lord Muruga. Her performance as a child artist in the Malayalam film Poompatta (1971) gave her a huge fame and received the Kerala State Film Award for the category of Best Child Artist. She worked in numerous famous films in different languages as a child artist like NamNaadu (Tamil, 1969), Maa Nanna Nirdoshi (Telugu, 1970), Badi Panthulu (Telugu, 1972), Vasantha Maaligai (Tamil, 1972), Prarthanai (Tamil, 1973), Bhakta Kumbara (Kannada, 1974), Julie (Hindi, 1975), etc. She made her acting debut as an actress in 1979 with the Bollywood film Solva Sawan. The film is the remake of Tamil film 16 Vayathinile (1977), in which she starred opposite Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.

After marriage, she took a break of approximately 6 years from the film industry and made her come back in 2004 by featuring in the Hindi TV serial Malini Iyer. In 2005, she judged the TV show Kaboom. In 2008, she started working as a fashion model and did several modelling assignments. In 2009, she along with her husband Boney Kapoor appeared on the Salman Khan‘s popular reality game show 10 Ka Dum. In the same year, she appeared as Showstopper in the HDIL Couture Week 2009 for several designers like Queenie DhodyNeeta Lulla, and Priya-Chintan. In 2012, she appeared in an Indian TV talk show Satyamev Jayate, hosted by Aamir Khan. During that show, she signed a letter to the government for Her last Bollywood film was Mom (2017), in which she played the lead role of Devki Sabarwal. She made her last appearance in the Bollywood film Zero (2018), whose shooting was completed just a few days before her death.

Controversies :

  • Initially, it was considered to be rumored that she secretly got married to actor Mithun Chakrabortyin 1985 but when Fan magazine published their marriage certificate, it was cleared and created a huge controversy.
  • She was accused of being a homewrecker after she married to Boney Kapooras at that time, Boney was already married to Mona Shourie Kapoor.

Death Cause :

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On 24 February 2018, Sridevi died in Dubai, UAE due to accidentally drowned in the bathtub of her hotel room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. She went there along with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor to attend the marriage of her nephew Mohit Marwah.

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Facts

  • She was the member of the film school Asian Academy of Film & Television(AAFT) located in the Noida Film City of India.
  • After her great performance in the film Himmatwala(1983), she earned the nickname Thunder Thighs.
  • Sridevi used to paintduring her free time. Some of her paintings were sold in 2010 by an International art auction house with the purpose of money raising for being donated.
  • She appeared on the cover of fashion magazines like Hi BlitzMarie ClaireL’OfficielVogue, etc.
  • Though she was not professionally trained in dancing, she was considered to be the finest dancer.
  • As she was born to a Tamil family, she initially couldn’t speak Hindi well. During that time, her dialogues were dubbed in several films by some other actresses like Kumari Naazand Rekha.
  • Chandni(1989) was her first Bollywood film in which she got her original voice. The film received the National Award for the Best Popular Film that year and she earned the household name Chandni.
  • Her Bollywood starring film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja(1993) was one of the most expensive films in India. Her performance in the film was outstanding but the film failed at box office.
  • Shah Rukh Khanwas her all-time favourite actor.
  • The first ever acting shot of popular actor Hrithik Roshanwas with Sridevi for the film Bhagwaan Dada (1986).
  • She has done 16 films with actor Jeetendraand among that, eleven films were hit.
  • The American director Steven Spielbergoffered her role in his film Jurassic Park but she rejected as it was not a lead role.
  • She was also offered roles in so many hit Hindi films like Rangeela(1995), Baazigar (1993), Mohabbatein (2000), and Baghban (2003) but she rejected.
  • As a Bollywood actress, she has done maximum double roles and was known as the Queen of Double Roles.
  • Her mother Rajeswari Yangeralso made her appearance (special uncredited cameo) in the famous Telugu film Shanti Niwaasam, directed by S.S. Vasan. Later, the film was remade in the Hindi language with the name Gharana.
  • In the 1980s, Amitabh Bachchanand Sridevi were the two superstars, however, they together have seen in only 3 films, Inquilaab (1984), Aakhree Raasta (1986), and Khuda Gawah (1992).
  • She had undergone some cosmetic surgeries in the 1990s like botoxfaceliftsfacial enhancement, etc.
  • In 2012, she was declared as the most-admired Bollywood actress during the mobile survey conducted by the largest mobile research company of the world, Vuclip.
  • In 2013, Sridevi was voted India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Yearsin a CNN-IBN national poll that was conducted on the occasion of the Indian cinema’s centenary.
  • In 2015, she was awarded the Ultimate Divaaward at the Ciroc Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards.
  • After a long break of 15 years, she made her comeback in 2012 with the film English Vinglish. She received positive reviews from the audience and the film was shortlisted for the Academy Awardsin the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

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