One of the most famous lines comes from the Academy Awards Ceremony. The announcer holds the envelope, fumbling as they try to open it. Suspense builds until finally we hear the words, “And the Oscar goes to…” The crowd goes wild as they wait for the expected speech which could range anywhere from Alfred Hitchcock’s or William Holden’s simple “Thank you” or the 23 “Thank yous” from Gwyneth Paltrow or the seven minute speech from Greer Garson.
Also known as the Oscars, the arts and entertainment community has looked forward to these awards every year since 1929, being telecast for the first time in 1953. If you were in the running for one of these 13.5 inch, 8.5 pound statuettes, you would have a chance of being nominated for six different categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. You could up your chances of winning if you were involved in a drama more than if you were cast in a comedy, sci-fi or horror film. You would also want to make sure that the movie was longer than 40 minutes and was scheduled to be shown in Los Angeles for at least seven days, as those are two requirements.
If your name was called as the big winner, you would get to hold the gold plated britannium award while you make your speech, but you would not be allowed to take it home until you signed a contract stating that if you wish to sell it, you would offer it back to the Academy for $1. During World War II, when our country was trying to conserve metal, the awards were made out of plaster. However, Edgar Bergen received an Oscar made of wood in honor of his gift as a ventriloquist.
It should be no surprise that Meryl Streep has had a record-breaking 18 nominations. Katherine Hepburn, although having only 12 nominations, beat Meryl’s wins of three by one. Walt Disney made history with the Oscars by being nominated 59 times and winning 26 of the awards, four of those being honorary awards. This event is not only for the adults though. Tatum O’Neal was only ten when she received an award and Shirley Temple was six years old.
Join Ellen DeGeneres as she hosts this year’s Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014!
(sources http://www.empireonline.com/features/100-oscar-facts-you-need-to-know/ http://www.geekosystem.com/11-oscar-facts/ http://www.oscarworld.net/ow.asp?P=11 )