40 PIECES OF MOVIE TRIVIA— THE ACADEMY AWARDS EDITION

My picks for this year's show can be found here: MY OFFICIAL OSCAR PREDICTIONS— 2017 while all previous trivia lists I've done can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far
  1. The very first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929.
    Tickets for the event cost a whopping $5 and the ceremony lasted only fifteen minutes.
  2. During the first Academy Awards ceremony, awards were handed out for Best Artistic Quality of Production, Best Title Writing, and Best Comedy Direction only to be discontinued the following year.
  3. The only silent film to win Best Picture was 1928's Wings.
    Although 2011's The Artist took home the honor, its use of sound effects, Musical Score, and a few spoken words of dialogue disqualifies it from being a truly silent feature.
  4. The banquets for the 2nd Annual Academy Awards and the 3rd Annual Academy Awards both took place in 1930.
    Because the second annual banquet took place in April, almost eight months after the end of the eligibility period, the Academy decided to go ahead and hold the third banquet that November in order to have the ceremony take place closer to the end of the eligibility period.
  5. In 1930, Jeanne Engels made history as the first person to receive a posthumous nomination for her work in 1929's The Letter.
  6. The first child to ever be nominated for an award was nine year old Jackie Cooper.
    He was nominated for 1931's Skippy.
  7. Grand Hotel (1932) is the only film to win Best Picture without being nominated in any other category.
  8. Shirley Temple is the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar.
    She was six years old when she was honored with the Academy's first Juvenile Award in 1934 for her "outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year".
  9. Claudette Colbert was so convinced that she was going to lose the award for Best Actress to write-in nominee Bette Davis that she decided not to attend the awards ceremony. When she did, in fact, win, someone had to go fetch her from the train station so that she could accept her award.
  10. The first—and so far only— person to win via a write-in vote is Hal Mohr, who won an award for Best Cinematography for A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1936.
  11. Despite Bette Davis's famous claims that she was responsible for the famous nickname of the Academy Award, it's generally attributed to Academy librarian Margaret Herrick who— in 1939—remarked that the award looked just like her Uncle Oscar.
  12. With her win for Best Supporting Actress for Gone With the Wind, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award.
  13. Gone With the Wind (1939) was the first color movie to win Best Picture.
  14. Barry Fitzgerald is the only person to simultaneously be nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same role.
    He managed the feat for 1944's Going My Way, winning Best Supporting Actor but losing the other to co-star Bing Crosby.
  15. Since 1951, the Academy's bylaws have stated that any Oscar must be offered back to the Academy for $10 before hitting the open market.
  16. The 25th Academy Awards ceremony-- which took place in 1952-- was the first to be televised as well as the first to be take place simultaneously in both Hollywood and New York City.
    It aired on NBC.
  17. Audrey Hepburn was so excited/overwhelmed by her Best Actress win for 1954's Roman Holiday that she actually forgot her award in the bathroom.
  18. The first time the Best Picture category featured films that had all been shot in color was in 1957.
    The nominees were Around the World in 80 Days (which won), Friendly Persuasion, The King and I, Giant, and The Ten Commandments.
  19. After Ben Hur's big sweep of the Oscars in 1959, the Motion Picture Academy tried to dissuade theaters from selling concession during the film because "it was just too important to miss."
  20. Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand are the only two nominees to tie for Best Actress.
    They tied in 1969 for The Lion in Winter and Funny Girl.
  21. Martha Raye was the first person to be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (1969).
  22. Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only X-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
    The only film with an original X-rating nominated was 1971's A Clockwork Orange.
  23. The Charlie Chaplin film Limelight won an Academy Award in 1972, twenty years after its initial release.
    At the time, Academy rules stated that a film could only be considered for an Academy Award if it had played in Los Angeles. Since Limelight had never played in the city during its initial release in 1952, it became eligible upon screening in 1972.
  24. At the 1974 ceremony, a streaker ran across the stage, leading host David Niven to quip, "Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
  25. In 1989, the ceremony organizers replaced the phrase "And the winner is..." with "And the Oscar goes to..."
  26. In 1986, The Color Purple (1985) was nominated for eleven awards and lost every single one of them.
  27. The first film to be released on home video before winning the Best Picture prize was The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  28. On December 16, 1996, Steven Spielberg paid $607,500 for Clark Gable's Best Actor Oscar for It Happened One Night (1934), which he then donated back to the Motion Picture Academy.
    On June 9, 1997, Claudette Colbert's Best Actress Oscar also went up for auction at Christie's, but sadly no bids were made for it.
  29. Bob Hope hosted the show a record setting nineteen times.
  30. All About Eve (1950), Titanic (1997), and La La Land (2016) hold the record for most nominations with fourteen apiece.
  31. Ben Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are all tied for most wins with eleven apiece.
  32. The longest acceptance speech ever given by an award winner came from Greer Garson.
    Her speech after winning Best Actress for 1942's Miss Miniver clocked in somewhere between five and a half and seven minutes long.
  33. Meanwhile, Patty Duke is credited with giving the shortest acceptance speech in the awards' history.
    After her win for The Miracle Worker (1963), she simply told the crowd "thank you" and walked off the stage.
  34. Winners of the Best Supporting Actor and Actresses categories were originally given plaques instead of statues.
  35. The Oscar statue weighs six and three fourths pounds and stands thirteen and a half inches tall.
  36. To date, seven people have been nominated for posthumous acting awards— Jeanne Engels in 1930, James Dean (1955 and 1956), Spencer Tracey (1967), Peter Finch (1976), Ralph Richardson (1984), Massimo Troisi (1995), and Heath Ledger (2008)
    - But of the seven, only Peter Finch and Heath Ledger have actually won.
  37. William Wyler is the Academy's most nominated director with twelve nominations for Best Director.
    However, John Ford holds the record for most Best Director wins with four.
  38. Walt Disney holds the record for most nominations received by a single person with sixty-six.
    - He also holds the record for most wins by a single person, winning twenty-two of them competitively in addition to receiving four honorary ones.
  39. It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) are the only films to have won the Academy's "Big Five"-- Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing.
  40. The Governors Ball features an "engraving station" where Oscars statues can be personalized for the winners.
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