We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about the Oscar awards, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the prestigious award ceremony that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: The Longest Ceremony Lasted Over Four Hours
In 2002, host Whoopi Goldberg led the longest Oscar ceremony of all time, which lasted four hours and 23 minutes. This ceremony was also the one time Woody Allen made an appearance to make a tribute to 9/11. The shortest ever ceremony was in 1959 and lasted for just one hour and 40 minutes.
Number Seven: Oscar Winners Live Longer
It’s true! A 2001 study found that people who had been awarded an Oscar had a life expectancy that’s 3.9 years longer than other non-Oscar winner performers. Most researchers believe this is related to the fact that rich people have longer life expectancies than poor people.
Number Six: Some Celebrities Keep Their Awards in Weird Places
After winning an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t sure what to do with the trophy. Rather than find a place for it in her own home, she gave it to her mom. Several celebrities, including Kate Winslet, Sean Connery, and Emma Thompson, have admitted to keeping the award in their bathrooms.
Number Five: The Speeches Have Gotten More Emotional Over Time
This is one of the stranger ceremonial statistics. About 70 percent of all of the tears shed by Oscar winners occurred in 1995 or after. The winners are now more likely to cry during their acceptance speeches, although it’s not entirely clear why this is.
Number Four: Only One X-Rated Film Has Ever Won Best Picture
And that film was 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. The film stars Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. However, the film was later changed from an X rating to an R rating in 1971.
Number Three: Halle Berry Was the First African-American Actress to Receive the Best Actress Award
Up until 2001, there had been no African-American winners in the Best Actress category. Berry won the Best Actress award for her role in Monster’s Ball in 2001.
Number Two: Only One Oscar Winner Has Been Named Oscar
And his name was Oscar Hammerstein II. Hammerstein won two awards for Best Original Song in 1941 and 1945.
Number One: The Award Was Named by a Librarian
Though the story is highly contested, the most credible version goes that a librarian at the Academy noticed that the trophy resembled her Uncle Oscar, so she started calling it an Oscar. The name clearly stuck. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about the Oscars!