Oscar is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in Hollywood. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is the institute responsible for the initiation of this ceremony. Academy Awards occupy an important position in the life of the people related with the Motion Picture Industry. They were given for the first time in 1929 and since then, it has become customary affair to organize the ceremony every year. There are numerous fun and interesting facts associated with the Academy Award ceremony, some of which have been listed below.
- Shirley Temple, a five year old kid, (Oscar was an honorary one) was the youngest person ever to receive the Oscar Award, in 1934.
- The name 'Oscar' was given by Margaret Herrick, the Academy librarian. On seeing the Oscar statuettes, in 1931, she remarked "Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!" Her uncle's full name, by the way, was Oscar Pierce.
- The Oscar statuette weighs 6.75 pounds, and it is 13.5 inches tall.
- Walt Disney was awarded with a total of 26 Academy Awards, over his entire lifetime.
- Greer Garson holds the record of delivering the longest acceptance speech at an Academy Awards ceremony, when she accepted the 'Best Actress Award', "Mrs. Miniver." (1942). Though the exact duration for which she spoke is uncertain, most of the sources agree that it was somewhere between 5.5 and 7 minutes.
- George Burns was the oldest actor to receive Oscar, in the category of 'Best Supporting Actor', for the movie “The Sunshine Boys". He was 80 years old at that time. After him, Jessica Tandy won the 'Best Actress Oscar', at the age of 81, for "Driving Miss Daisy."
- The three movies that have won 11 Oscars in a single ceremony, in different categories, are "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003), "Titanic" (1997) and "Ben-Hur" (1959).
- Hollywood actress Meryl Streep holds the record for the most number of Oscar nominations. She has been nominated 13 times.
- The youngest actress to win the standard Oscar (not honorary) was 10-years-old Tatum O'Neal. She won the 'Best Supporting Actress Award', for "Paper Moon", in the year 1974.
- Fran Walsh was the only woman to have won three Oscars in a single year. She won all the Oscars for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Original Song, for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003).
- In 1972, Marlon Brando acted as Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather,” and in 1974, Robert De Niro, portrayed the same character in The Godfather Part II”. They are the only two actors who played the same character in two different films and earned an Academy Award as well.
- Hattie McDaniel was the first black performer who, for her supporting performance in “Gone with the Wind” (1939), won an Academy Award.
- Two of the most famous Hollywood families that boast of three generations of Oscar-winning talent are the Huston family, with Walter, John and Anjelica, and the Coppolas, with Sofia, Carmine and Francis Ford.
- “I Need to Wake Up” (music and lyric by Melissa Etheridge) from “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), was the only song from a documentary film to win an 'Oscar for Original Song'. This film also won in the Documentary Feature category.