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Oscar Trivia

Fun facts and trivia about the Oscars, Academy Awards.

The Academy Awards buzz is in full swing and on the 24th February, a handful of filmmakers and performers will have their hands on those prestigious trophies. Here, Roobla takes a look at some Oscar trivia.

Marisa Tomei’s award was believed to be a mistake

Dark horse Marisa Tomei won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1993 for her role in My Cousin Vinny, and it soon sparked debate about whether presenter Jack Palance had misread the name of the winner. Some believed than in order to avoid the embarrassment, the Academy went along with it. However, this theory has been debunked and seems to have been influenced by the unexpected win of newcomer Tomei, as many believed Vanessa Redgrave would win.

Woody Allen does not attend the Oscars

With the exception of an appearance after 9/11 to introduce a tribute to the films of New York, director, writer and actor Woody Allen does not attend the Oscars, even when he wins an award. The reasons behind his no-shows are unknown, although it is believed that he dislikes the whole concept of award shows.

2011 saw the first swear word in an acceptance speech

After winning the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, Melissa Leo dropped the ‘f’ bomb in her acceptance speech. The audience laughed, but the speech made headlines and she continued to apologise for offending anyone.

The most Oscar wins by a single film is 11

Ben Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King all hold the title for the most Oscar wins by a film. The 11 wins include Best Picture and Best Director. The Return of the King won all of the awards it was nominated for.

Bob Hope presented the Oscars a record 18 times

Comedian and performer Bob Hope was a firm favourite among the Academy, having hosted the show 18 times. Actor Billy Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards 10 times.

Do you know any fun facts about the Oscars? Let us know below!


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