The Oscar awards are one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the world and are watched by millions of people every year. However, despite the fact that the ceremony has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about the Oscars. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: All Best Picture Nominees Have to Screen in Los Angeles
There are three very specific rules that films must follow to qualify for a Best Picture Oscar. First, the film has to be at least 40 minutes long – easy. Second, it has to be 2048 x 1080 pixels or the size of a movie screen. The final rule is that it has to screen in a Los Angeles theater for at least one week before the end of the year.
Number Fourteen: Each Oscar Weighs More Than Eight Pounds
It’s not just a lame joke that celebrities make when they’re looking for filler conversation – those trophies really are heavy! Each trophy weighs a whopping eight and a half pounds and is made of Britannia metal.
Number Thirteen: The Most Prolific Host Was Bob Hope
Comedian Bob Hope hosted more Oscar ceremonies than anyone else with an impressive 19 ceremonies. The person who comes in second falls way behind Hope – it’s Billy Crystal, who hosted nine ceremonies.
Number Twelve: The Best Director Award Has Been Awarded to Two People at Once
On two occasions, the Oscar for Best Director has been awarded to a directing duo. The first instance of this happening was when Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise were awarded the trophy for West Side Story. The next time it happened was in 2008 when the Coen Brothers won for No Country For Old Men.
Number Eleven: Only Two Silent Films Have Been Awarded an Oscar
The ceremony came to be at the very end of the silent film era, so this fact isn’t too strange. However, the second silent film to get an Oscar was in 2012! The first one was Wings in 1929, and the second one was The Artist.
Number Ten: Only One Person Has Won a Razzie and an Oscar in the Same Year
The Razzie Awards are an award ceremony made to “honor” the worst films and actors of the year and the ceremony takes place the night before the Oscars. Only one person has won a Razzie and an Oscar on successive nights, though – none other than the darling Sandra Bullock.
Number Nine: There Are Seat Fillers for When Attendees Have to Use the Bathroom
The ceremony is renowned for filling every seat in the house, but have you ever wondered how they keep those seats full? Enter – seat fillers. When a celebrity or an attendee has to get up to use the bathroom or go do something, seat fillers will take their place in their absence. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about the Oscar awards, coming soon!