The Academy Awards: 11 Facts

Thursday, 23 February 2017

With The Academy Awards this Sunday here are eleven facts (don't ask me why I chose an odd number) you probably didn't know about The Oscars;

1. The first colour film to win best picture was 'Gone with the Wind' in 1939

2. Gloria Stuart who played 'Old Rose' in 'Titanic' was the oldest nominee in 1997 (Aged 87).

3. The youngest actress to receive an Academy Award was Tatum O'Neal at the age of 10 for 'Paper Moon' in 1974.

4. The first ceremony in 1928 lasted just 15 minutes. The longest ceremony: Whoopi Goldberg hosted in 2006 and lasted 4 and a half hours.

5. Walt Disney won 26 Academy Awards in his lifetime.

6. 'Lord Of The Rings: Return of The King', 'Titanic' and 'Ben-Hur' (1959) are the top three winning films by number of Oscar trophies (11).

7. The longest acceptation speech goes to Greer Garson in 1942 for winning Best Actress in 'Mrs Miniver'. Her speech went on for 6 minutes.

8. John Williams is the second most nominated individual at the Academy Awards with 49 nominations, (Walt Disney is of course first).

9. Katherine Hepburn has the most Oscar wins for Best Actress (4).

10. 'The Colour Purple' had the most nomiations (11) without a single win.

11. No one is truly sure why the Academy Awards is called The Oscars (honestly, Google it).

You can tune into the 89th Academy Awards from 11:30pm Sunday on Sky Cinema Oscars HD. And if you don't have Sky (like me) why not sign up to NOW TV where you will also be able to watch the ceremony and their current collection of latest films. To sign up for only £9.99 a month (no contract) click here.

See you next week.


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