Sunday, March 2, 2014, will become one of the glitziest, most glamorous nights of the year when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (APMPAS) presents the awards for the best achievements in film from the past year. This year, the 86th ceremony takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The award and the show, known collectively as “The Oscars,” represent one of the most prestigious awards in worldwide entertainment. However, for film fans, the award show is a fun time to get swept up in the world of the rich and famous. Plus, it is a great time to enjoy all the nice evening gowns, clips of their favorite movies, or to cheer on their favorite movie stars. While there is a treasure trove of history that surrounds the Oscars, let’s take a look as at a few fun Hollywood Oscar Trivia.
1. The “Oscar” – Its origins
Mexican film director and actor, Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez posed nude for the design of the award trophy statuette. Back in 1928, Fernandez was a good friend of Dolores Del Rio, who was married to Cedric Gibbons, MGM’s art director and designer of the original Academy Award. While there are many stories about how the trophy came to have its iconic name, the one that gains the most traction is that Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s Executive Secretary at the time remarked that the trophy reminded her of her “Uncle Oscar” (who was really her cousin Oscar Pierce). The award is technically called the Academy Award of Merit.
2. The Award Show
This year, the show will be telecast on the ABC network. The Awards Show itself is an award winner. It has won the most Emmys in history with 47 wins and 195 nominations. It will take place at the Dolby Theatre (formerly the now Eastman-Kodak theatre due to bankruptcy). Since 1941, the name of the winners have been in a sealed envelop and only revealed from the stage. At the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, the Academy replaced the trademark phrase “And the winner is…” with the phrase “And the Oscar goes to…”
3. Keep it Brief!
From 2010, the Academy required that the winners’ acceptance speech must be less than 45 seconds. In 1972, Godfather winner, Marlon Brando, refused his award and sent Native American representative Sacheen Littlefeather to read a 15-page speech to denounce Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans.
Walt Disney, before his death in 1966, personally won 26 Oscars. Tatum O’Neal was the youngest winner at age 10 for Paper Moon. Sidney Poitier was the first African American best actor winner. Rapper Eminem was the first hip-hop winner for “Lose Yourself” as Best Original Song in 2002. Prince’s “Purple Rain” in 1984 received the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the last time any entries were received in this category.
5. The Biggest Losers
Legendary Director Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar. Woody Allen has been nominated 24 times and won four. He attends very few ceremonies. Considering his current prediction, that is not likely to change. Peter O’Toole holds the record with eight nominations without a single win. He received an honorary Oscar in 2003. The Turning Point is the biggest loser as a movie. It received an impressive 11 nominations but won nothing.