Oscars Trivia – Interesting Facts!
The Best Actress award was swiped away by Natalie Portman for her mesmerising performance in “Black Swan”. Natalie Portman, who is expecting her first child, glowed in a floor-length purple gown which adorned her beautifully. The final countdown to the most prestigious award ceremony began with The Social Network and The King’s Speech going loggerheads for the most coveted prize – the best picture of the year. The King’s Speech has taken more than $230m at the global box office and it garnered 12 nominations, including the best actor winner Colin Firth.
The 127 Hours actor, James Franco, hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with the captivating actress, Anne Hathaway. The Oscars definitely had a more youthful edge this year, as the 28-year old actress became the youngest host in the history of Oscars. Read on to explore more about some interesting trivia about Oscars. This year’s Oscar Award ceremony saw the Hollywood beauties razzle and dazzle the red carpet in ravishing gowns.
Oscars Trivia – Did You Know?
- The youngest individual to receive an Oscar award was 5-year old actress, Shirley Temple in 1934. (But it was an honorary award).
- The youngest actress to take the golden statue back home was Tatum O’Neal, who was just 10 years old when she took home the golden statue for the Best Supporting Actress award for her acting prowess in “Paper Moon” in 1974.
- The oldest Oscar winner was George Burns, who won the Best Supporting Actor for “The Sunshine Boys” in 1976 at the age of 80.
- However, this mark was crossed by Jessica Tandy when she received the Best Actress Oscar for “Driving Miss Daisy” at the age of 81.
- Henry Ford was the oldest actor to receive the Best Actor award for “On Golden Pond” at the age of 76.
- Three movies which won the most Oscars were “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic” (1997) and “Lords of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003). All of them received 11 golden statutes. The second place is taken by “West Side Story”, with 10 Oscars.
- Katherine Hepburn won the most Best Actress Academy Awards, with fours Oscars in 1932, 1967, 1968 and 1981.
- The prestigious title for the most number of Best Actor awards, though, is shared by seven powerhouse actors. They are Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Fredric March, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy, with each of them wining two Oscars.
- Jack Nicholson is the actor who has garnered most number of Oscar nominations as he has been nominated 12 times! He won three times – two awards for Best Actor and one Best Supporting Actor award.
- Meryl Streep now has the most Oscar nominations receiving 16 nominations. She surpassed Katherine Hepburn’s 12 nominations in 2003.
- The person who has received the most number of golden statues is none other than the animation maestro, Walt Disney. He won an astonishing 26 Oscars over his lifetime. Also, he fetched 64 Oscar nominations.
- The longest acceptance speech at an Oscar Awards evening was given by Greer Garson, as she received the Best Actress award in 1942 for “Mrs. Miniver”. It is not confirmed for how long she spoke – but many agree that it was between 5 ½ and 7 minutes.
- The Golden Statuette weighs 6 ¾ pounds and stands tall at 13 ½ inches. The term was coined by Margaret Herrick, who was the Academy librarian. She once famously said in 1931 after seeing the award, “Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!”