Hollywood’s biggest night of the year
For movie lovers, the Academy Awards gives us an opportunity to revel in the entertainment industry’s best work of the year; for fashion lovers, to see stars in their most elaborate gowns and get-ups; for celebrity watchers, to get a rare look at the “who’s who” of Tinseltown, hear their heartfelt speeches, and see what unexpected or wacky moments could happen. After all, it’s live TV! But the history of the Oscars, now in its 95th year, also presents a chance to relive Hollywood’s Golden Age by looking back on the actors, directors and films that have become classics. Think you know everything about the movies? Behind the scenes, there are still plenty of surprisingly weird things no one tells you about the Oscars.
Three movies have won the most awards ever
Three films have tied for winning 11 awards, the most ever: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Titanic (1997), and Ben Hur (1959). The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King also has the distinction of winning every category it was nominated for, in the biggest sweep in Oscar history; it’s also only one of two sequels to win Best Picture, with The Godfather Part II (1974). Titanic, All About Eve (1950), and La La Land (2016) scored the most nominations ever with 14 nods; La La Land also had the most nominations ever without winning for Best Picture. But The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) had the most nominations without a single win, both shut out with 11 nods.
There is a huge age difference between the nominees
The youngest ever Oscar winner for a competitive acting award was Tatum O’Neal, 10, for Paper Moon (1973); the oldest was Christopher Plummer, 82, for his role in Beginners (2011). Plummer also holds the record for oldest acting nominee at 88 years old for All the Money in the World (2018). But the oldest ever Oscar winner in any category was screenwriter James Ivory, at 89 years old for Call Me By Your Name (2017). At the 2013 Oscars, two actresses made history as the youngest and oldest nominees ever in the Actress in a Leading Role category: Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, for Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Emmanuelle Riva, 85, for Amour.