The Academy Awards represent the glamour of Hollywood. Stars arrive in limos, stroll down the very long red carpet pausing to wave and show off their couture and jewels before entering the auditorium. The annual ceremony, which is overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and commonly called Oscars, has changes a lot since the first Oscars were presented in 1929 at a dinner in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with 250 guests. Now, the glamorous extravaganza, held at the 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, is televised in more than 200 countries. This year’s Academy Award nominations offer potential records and fun facts:
Movies Earning Multiple Acting Nominations
American Hustle was the 15th movie to receive nominations in every acting category. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook also achieved this feat in 2013. No movie, however, has won all four acting awards. A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951, and Network, 1976, came closest with three acting wins. Also, for American Hustle fans, only two films nominated in every acting category won Best Picture: Mrs. Miniver, 1942, and From Here to Eternity, 1953.
American Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest actress to receive three acting nominations. The 23-year-old broke the record held by Teresa Wright (who was 24 when she got her third nomination). If Lawrence is named Best Supporting Actress, she will be the third actress to win consecutive awards. The previous two were Luis Rainer and Katharine Hepburn. Two actors have won consecutive awards: Spencer Tracy and Tom Hanks.
If June Squibb wins, the 84-year-old would be the oldest Best Supporting Actress winner. If 77-year-old Bruce Dern wins, he would be the oldest Best Actor awardee. Both were nominated this year for Nebraska. The current records in these categories belong to Peggy Ashcroft (age 77), for 1984’s A Passage to India and Henry Fonda (age 76) for On Golden Pond in 1981.
The F— Best Picture Nominee
The F-word is used more than 500 times in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, making it is the most profanity-laced film ever nominated for Best Picture. The previous record was held by another Scorsese film, Goodfellas, which had 200 fewer utterances.
Possible EGOT Winner
If Bobby Lopez wins an Oscar for “Let It Go” from Frozen, he will be the 12th EGOT in history. An EGOT is someone who has won the four major American entertainment awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). Lopez received Tonys for Avenue Q (Best Original Score) and The Book of Mormon (Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical) in 2004 and 2011, Daytime Emmys for Wonder Pets in 2008 and 2010, and a Grammy for Mormon’s original cast recording in 2012.
Other Nomination Records
Two nominees this year broke their own records. Meryl Streep’s acting nomination (her 18th) for August: Osage County makes her the most nominated actor ever beating Meryl Streep (who used to only have 17). She looks like an underachiever compared to composer John Williams, who received his 49th nomination this year (for The Book Thief’s score). WIlliams, however, is not the most nominated person. That was Walt Disney, who was up for Oscars 59 times (he won 32 times, not counting the four honorary Oscars he was awarded).
Bonus Facts About the Statuette Itself
An Oscar statuette is 13 1/2 inches tall and weighs 8 1/2 pounds. It depicts a knight standing on a film reel with five spokes, symbolizing the five original Academy branches (actors, directors, technicians, producers, writers). The statuette is made of a metal alloy called Britannium with 24-karat gold plating on their surface. When metals were scarce during World War II, the Oscars were made of plaster. Recipients had the option to trade them for traditional one after the war.
See if the potential records become reality at the 2014 Academy Awards on March 2.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Oscar History – ABC Television, The Oscars
Pop Watch, Oscars 2014 – Entertainment Weekly
Oscars: Fun Facts and Nominations Trivia – The Telegraph
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