16 Things We Just Learned About The Oscars

Diply 24 Jan 2018

At the beginning of the year, we can always count on the Academy Awards to keep us entertained. Also known as the Oscars, this is one award show that we always look forward to.

Even though we watch it every year, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we don't hear much about, but that's about to change.

1. The Oscars, which began in 1929, is the oldest worldwide entertainment award ceremony.

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Other prestigious award shows — like the Emmys, the Tonys, and the Grammys — all came afterward. The Oscars are the leader of the pack!

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2. Currently, there are 24 Oscars awarded each year.

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The number of categories has changed over the years, and there are a grand total of 3,048 Oscars that have ever been given out.

No wonder everybody wants to win one.

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3. The very first award ceremony lasted only 15 minutes.


People could buy tickets to the show for just $5, which would be about $71 now.These days, it's next to impossible to attend the ceremony unless you know someone in the business (or just so happen to be nominated).

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4. Oscar winners are given a statue with a blank base plate, to prevent any potential winner names from leaking.


Winners used to have the statues shipped away to be engraved, but since 2010, they could have them engraved in person at the Governor's Ball, which immediately follows the ceremony.

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5. A sealed envelope has been used to announce the winners since 1941.

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While the winners have been typically held under strict confidence, the famous mix-up for Best Picture last year caused a lot of controversy, and as a result, the rules will be changing for the 2018 Academy Awards.

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6. The new rules set in place to prevent another mix-up included replacing the original two partners who caused the mistake.


Additionally, the new partners are forbidden from using their cell phones or social media during the show so they can solely focus on the task at hand.

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7. It wasn't until 2002 that the category for Best Animated Feature was added.

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And in the last ten years, Rango is the only non-Disney or Pixar film to have won in this category.

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8. Beauty and the Beast was the very first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture in 1992.

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It lost to The Silence of the Lambs, but it was still pretty groundbreaking at the time to even be nominated.

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9. Since 1950, winners and their heirs are legally not able to sell their statuettes unless they offer to sell them to the Academy first for $1.

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Statues won before 1950 — or those under special circumstances — have been sold, and one even went for $861,542.

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10. The makeup budget for Dallas Buyers Club was a mere $250.

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Still, the movie went on to win an Oscar for Best Makeup. That just goes to show what some serious talent can do!

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11. In 1993, the In Memoriam segment was first introduced.

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It caused some controversy, however, with some people accusing it of being a "popularity contest" because some people would receive a louder applause than others.

As a result, they had to mute and discourage any audience applause during the telecast.

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12. There are very strict rules for submitting a film to the Academy.


To qualify, the movie must have opened in the previous calendar year from midnight on January 1st, to midnight on December 31st. It had to be shown in Los Angeles County, and have played for seven consecutive days.

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13. The statuette weighs in at 8.5 pounds.

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It was sculpted by George Stanley, and although the material has changed over the years, it is currently made of 24-karat gold.

There was a metal shortage during World War II, so for three years the Oscars were made of painted plaster instead.

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14. Hosts, performers, and more recently winners and nominees receive elaborate gift bags after the show.


The value of the gift bags has been known to reach up to$80,000 and includes extravagant vacations around the world, hotel stays, jewelry, electronics, and more.

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15. In the past, there have been a handful of winners who have refused to accept the award.

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George C. Scott refused his award for Best Actor in 1970, and described the 43rd Academy Awards as a "meat parade," and didn't want any part in it.

Marlon Brando refused the award for Best Actor in The Godfather because of the industry's mistreatment of Native Americans.

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16. The films up for Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards include: 

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Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Have you seen any of these movies? Which one deserves Best Picture? COMMENT and let us know!

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