22 Oscar Facts To Impress Your Friends… #3 That’s Just Not Fair!
Every year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding achievements in film. Since its inception in 1929, a total of 2,947 Oscar statues have been handed out to winners in categories like Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Director, to name a few.
This Sunday, the 88th Academy Awards fans will eagerly watch their favorite actors strut down the red carpet wearing either a stunning or cringe-worthy designer dress. It is all about the speeches, the tears, and fashion that makes the Oscar the best night in Hollywood.
Here are some fun facts to get you ready for Oscar night.
#1. Meryl Streep is the most nominated actor of all time. She has received 19 Academy Award nominations and won three times.
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#2. It is believed the nickname Oscar came from the Academy's librarian and later executive director, Margaret Herrick. When Herrick first saw the statue she remarked how much the statue looked like her uncle Oscar. The official name is the Academy Award of Merit.
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#3. The Oscar statue is the property of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Winners interested in selling their trophy must first offer to sell it to the Academy for $1.
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#4. Kevin O'Connell is considered to be the "unluckiest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards." The sound re-recording mixer has been nominated 20 times and has yet to win the coveted award. Some of the films he has been nominated for have been: The Rock, Top Gun, Spiderman, Transformers, and Apocalypto.
#5. Business partners from PricewaterhouseCoopers Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz are in charge of keeping the final results a secret. The two have to memorize the results, arriving at the ceremony in separate cars, and each has a set of the envelopes. They keep a third set at a secret location.
#6. Ben Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return are tied in winning the most Oscars in 11 categories.
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