10 interesting facts about the Oscars

February 23, 2013 in Amazing, North America


1. Oscar is only a nickname for the statuette

The statuettes official name is “Academy Award of Merit”. It is unclear how the nickname Oscar began, but on popular story centers around a librarian, Margaret Herrick, working at the Academy. When she first saw the statue, she bursted out that it looked like her Uncle Oscar and apparently the name should have sticked to the statue since then.


2. Oscar winners are obliged to offer their statue to the Academy for $1, should they wish to sell.

Winners of the Oscars must sign an agreement, stating that they must offer the Academy their statue for only $1, if they wish to sell it. The agreement has had to be signed since 1950 in order for winners to keep their Oscar. However, it appears to be nothing more than a leftover from the past, since statues are sometimes sold at much higher prices.


3. Oscar Hammerstein 2 is the only Oscar to ever have who the Oscar. He won 2 statuettes for best song back in 1941 and 1945.


4. Kevin O’Connell, sound mixer, has been nominated 20 times since 1983, but hasn’t won a single statue.


5. Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden holds the record for shortest acceptance speeches. Their speech read: Thank you.


6. Sandra Bullock won both worst and best actress in the same weekend.

Sandra Bullock won a Golden Raspberry award for worst actress in “All about Steve”. The very next day, she won an Oscar for best actress in “The Blind Side”.


7. Winning an Oscar increases the likelihood of a divorce

A study from the University of Toronto around the Oscar winners, found that women who are nominated for an Oscar for Best actress, are more likely to get divorced afterwards.


8. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar.

Hattie won an Oscar for supporting actress in Gone with the Wind. Hattie, sitting in a segregated part of the auditorium during the ceremony, was also the first black person to be allowed access (other than servants).


9. During World War 2, the Oscar statuettes were made of plaster to support the war efforts. Afterwards they could be swopped with metal ones.


10. The Oscar statuette depicts a knight, holding a sword while standing on a reel of film with five spokes, representing the original branches of the Academy: directors, producers, actors, writers and technicians.