Five Random Facts for Friday

The Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, so here are some random Oscar-related facts for you . . .

1.  Upon receiving the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1962, Rita Moreno delivered one of the shortest acceptance speeches in Oscars history.  She said, “I can’t believe it!  Good Lord!  I leave you with that.”  (Here’s video.)

2.  Only three movies have won all of the “Big Five” Oscars:  Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and either Best Adapted or Original Screenplay.

They are “The Silence of the Lambs”“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, and a Clark Gable romantic comedy called “It Happened One Night”.  It won’t happen this year, since no movie is nominated in all five categories.

3.  “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” is an Oscar-nominated movie.  It was up for Best Makeup at the 2000 Oscars, but lost to “Topsy-Turvy”.

4.  Emil Jannings won Best Actor at the first Oscars in 1929 . . . but he actually came in SECOND in the voting to Rin Tin Tin.  Yeah . . . the dog.

The Academy wanted to make sure people took them seriously, so they gave Jannings the Oscar.

5.  The record for the number of Oscars for one movie is 11.  Three movies have done it:  “Ben-Hur” . . . “Titanic” . . . and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”.

This year, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads the way with 11 nominations, but it can’t tie this record, because two of the 11 are in the same category.  Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu are both nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  Unless they TIE, I guess.  But that won’t happen.


(Statista / Wikipedia / IMDb / Deadline / Wikipedia)