The Academy Awards or popularly known as the Oscars is the most prestigious awards that the movie industry gives out every year. Actors and actresses become famous overnight if they've won the much coveted golden statuette. But do you know any facts about the Academy Awards like who's the youngest and oldest actress to win this award?
The following is a list of interesting facts about the Academy Awards that will amaze some of you.
Youngest Person to Win an Oscar
At 10 years old, Tatum O'Neal daughter of Ryan O'Neal is the youngest recipient to receive the Oscar for the category of Best Supporting Actress for the movie Paper Moon (1973) making her the youngest person to win an Oscar and the youngest actress to win the best supporting actress award.
Honorary Oscar for Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple received an honorary Oscar at the age of 5 for her achievements in the movie industry in 1934.
Oldest Best Actress Winner
Jessica Tandy was 80 years old when she won the Best Actress award for the movie Driving Miss Daisy in 1990. Unfortunatley, four years later she passed away.
Most Oscar Wins
Katharine Hepburn won the most Oscars for the Best Actress category. She's won for this category a total of four times for the movies Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981).
Richard Burton Never Won an Oscar
Richard Burton left this world without ever having won a single Oscar even though he has been nominated 7 times of which 6 were for the Best Actor category. He was nominated for the Best Actor category for his performance in the movies My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Robe (1953), The Spy who Came In From the Cold (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Anne of the Thousand Days (1970) and Equus (1977). He was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for the movie Becket (1964).
Oscar Favorite Host
Bob Hope was Oscar's favorite host after having hosted a total of 18 times from 1939 to 1978.
First Film to Win Best Picture
The first film to win in the Best Picture category was Wings which starred Clara Bow and a very young Gary Cooper.
What It Takes to Make an Oscar Statuette
To make one Oscar statuette, it takes 12 people a total of about 20 hours. Each year, between 50 to 60 of these statuettes are produced.
The Oscar statuette was originally made of bronze but during the Second World War, plaster was used. Presently, it is made of a special alloy of copper, pewter, nickel and silver, and then gold-plated in 24 carat.
Golden Raspberry Awards
An awards ceremony which celebrates the worst in movies called the Golden Raspberry Awards or the Razzies for short will take place either on the night or before the night of the prestigious Oscar awards ceremony. It would be interesting to see if any of the awardees for the Oscars could win both an Oscar as well as a Razzies.
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