Time to trade in record players for little gold men as the Grammy’s have gone and the Academy Awards are not on deck. Presented this Sunday, February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the 87th Academy Awards bring forth many exciting nominations as well as much controversy with the lack of diversity in this years awards. With all that is known about this prestigious ceremony we figured we would uncover some little known facts about the Oscars and its previous and current history.
10. There is an interesting look to this years Best Original Score nominations, given the nod for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game is Alexandre Desplat who is up for the same award twice! Up against the infamous Hans Zimmer who performed alongside Pharrell at The Grammy’s as well as Gary Yershon and Jóhann Jóhannsson this is a category to pay close attention to.
9. Remember Ellen Degeneres selfie with the first row audience during her time hosting the awards last year? Yes, this one.
Well this star studded modern masterpiece racked up a whopping 3.4 million retweets. I guess with Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper by your side you can really break the internet, sorry Kim.
8. The Academy Awards is touted as the second most watched night on TV, last year the Oscars had 72 million viewers compared to the Super Bowl at 114 million and SNL 40’s 23 million viewers.
7. The Oscar statues are property of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and thus must be offered for sale back to the Academy before re-sale to anyone else.
6. Despite being nominated for the award 5 times, legendary director Alfred Hitchcock never won the award for best director.
5. The Academy Awards are also referred to as the Oscars because former Academy librarian and eventual executive director Margaret Herrick thought the award looked like her ‘Uncle Oscar.’
4. Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto was the fourth actor or actress to win an Oscar for a non-singing role along the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher and Shirley Jones.
3. Eddie Murphy dropped out as host of the 2012 ceremony one day after a co-producer Brett Ratner quit his position.
2. Ticket prices for the first Oscar ceremony in 1929 at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel were a mere $5
1. Three 6 Mafia were awarded the Oscar for best original song in 2006, “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” beat out Dolly Parton among others for the coveted award. Three 6 Mafia also performed their hit track from “Hustle & Flow” with current Empire star Taraji P Henson during the ceremony.
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