Last year, I did a post with some “fun facts” about the Academy Awards. You can read that post here. I can’t resist; here’s a little more Academy Awards trivia:
1. The Oscar statuette depicts an Art Deco styled knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with 5 spokes representing the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Technicians.
2. Bob Hope hosted eighteen Academy Award ceremonies. After tonight, Billy Crystal will have hosted the ceremonies nine times. Johnny Carson hosted five Academy Award ceremonies.
3. Three actors have won Academy Awards for playing characters that don’t utter a single word throughout the entire film. Jane Wyman won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Belinda, a deaf mute, in Johnny Belinda (1948). Sir John Mills played a mute in Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and won the Best Supporting Actor award. Holly Hunter won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the mute Ada McGrath in The Piano (1993).
4. The only Academy Award winner who won but was never officially nominated was Hal Mohr for Best Cinematography for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935). Mohr was the first and only person to win via a write-in vote.
5. At the 61st Academy Awards, held in 1989, the Academy decided to replace the trademark phrase “And the winner is…” with the phrase “And the Oscar goes to…”
6. On March 19, 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony was telecast for the first time across the United States and Canada. Thirteen years later, on April 18, 1966, the Academy Awards were broadcast in color for the first time. Both of these ceremonies were hosted by Bob Hope.
7. Two films tie for the record of the most Oscar nominations without a single win. Both The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) received eleven Oscar nominations, but won not a single Academy Award.
8. The longest film to win Best Picture was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) at 250 minutes. The shortest film to win Best Picture was Marty (1955) at 91 minutes.
9. The three movies that won the most Oscars were The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003), Titanic (1997) and Ben-Hur (1959). All three movies won 11 Oscars.
10. The longest acceptance speech last around 5-1/2 minutes and was delivered by Greer Garson in 1942. The shortest acceptance speeches were delivered by Alfred Hitchcock (1967) and William Holden (1953)…they simply stated “Thank You.”
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.