The Oscars by the numbers: 10 significant facts about the Academy Awards
In 1963, Patty Duke made history by giving the shortest acceptance speech with only two words uttered: 'Thank You' while the longest speech ran for 6 minutes
The countdown to the Oscars has begun, and while the clock is ticking, this is the perfect time to reflect on the entertainment industry's most coveted award ceremony. Marking the 91st Academy Awards that takes place on February 24, let's check out some interesting facts about Oscars, all while going by the numbers. To start off — did you know the weight of the Oscar statuette is 8.5 pounds?
1. Women Best Directors
- Greta Gerwig for 'Lady Bird'
- Lina Wertmüller for 'Seven Beauties'
- Jane Campion for 'The Piano'
- Sofia Coppola for 'Lost in Translation'
- Kathryn Bigelow for 'The Hurt Locker'
Kathryn Bigelow took home the awards in 2009. Unfortunately, this year all the women directors have been snubbed.
2. Most nominations ever
The most number of nominations for acting awards has gone to Meryl Streep, thanks to her 21 nominations. However, the most number of nominations ever has been entitled to Walt Disney for 59 nominations. Walt Disney also holds the record for most numbers of Oscar awards won by a male as he bagged 22 gold statues.
3. The Big Five
Three movies in total have won the 'Big Five', which includes Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted/Original Screenplay. The last one to have secured the 'Big Five' was 'The Silence of the Lambs' in 1991. Prior to that was 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' in 1975 and the first one to wow the audience with a 'Big Five', was 'It Happened One Night' in 1934.
4. Starting young
The youngest person to have won an Oscar for acting is Tatum O'Neal, who was only 10 years old when she took home the 'Best Supporting Actress' award for 'Paper Moon' in 1973. In 1993, 11-year-old actress Anna Paquin also won the same award for 'The Piano'. However, she was 9 years old when she began shooting the film.
5. Acting hall of fame
The most number of awards won by a single person for acting is credited to Katherine Hepburn who was honored with four awards, in four different movies: 'Morning Glory' (1933), 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' (1967), 'The Lion in Winter' (1968), and 'On Golden Pond' (1982).
6. Keeping it short
When an Oscar is won, the winner takes to stage to thank and name those who helped. However, in 1963, Patty Duke made history by giving the shortest acceptance speech with only two words uttered: "Thank You." Duke had won the 'Best Supporting Actress' Award for 'The Miracle Worker'. In contrast, the longest Oscar speech was given by Greer Garson at the 15th Academy Awards which lasted for nearly six minutes.
7. A toast to the host
Bob Hope, who was basically an all-rounder, living up to the age of 100 with a career spanning about nearly 80 years has hosted the Oscar ceremonies the highest number of times, 19. He began hosting in 1940 to 1943 and then in 1945 to 1946, 1953, 1955, 1958 to 1962, 1965 to 1968, 1975, and 1978.
8. Helming glory
William Wyler may have been nominated for 'Best Director' a total of 12 times but John Ford holds the record for winning it 4 times despite being nominated only 5 times, which means he just lost one.
9. Living legend
As mentioned above, Walt Disney holds the record for most Oscar nominations but among those living, music composer John Williams has the most to his credit with 51 nominations till date and almost, always, breaking his own record.
10. Awards galore
Most awards won by a movie stands at 11 and 3 movies have won it till date. 'Ben-Hur' won 11 Oscars in 1959, 'Titanic' in 1997, and 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' in 2003.