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Film awards presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, also popular as Oscars or The Oscar

  • Academy Award is bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
  • These movie awards are presented to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.
  • The award is the oldest award ceremony in the media and is broadcasted live in over 100 countries.
  • These awards are film equivalent of the Grammy Awards (for music), Emmy Awards (for television), and Tony Awards (for theatre) are modeled after the Academy.
  • The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. The cost of guest tickets for that night's ceremony was $5.
  • Since 1950, the Oscar statuettes have been legally encumbered by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for US$1.
  • In December 2011, Orson Welles' 1941 Oscar for Citizen Kane was put up for auction, after his heirs won a 2004 court decision that Welles did not sign any agreement to return the statue to the Academy.
  • Since 2004, Academy Award nomination results have been announced to the public in late January. Prior to 2004, nomination results were announced publicly in early February.
  • The shortest Oscar ceremony ever was the first, held in 1929; it lasted only about 15 minutes as all the winners had been announced three months earlier.
  • The longest Oscar awards ceremony was in 2000, running for 4 hours and 16 minutes – beating a previous record by 16 minutes.
  • Meryl Streep has never presented a competitive Oscar though she was nominated 16 times, won twice and was on stage to present two Honorary Oscars but she never announced name of nominees and then a winner, for any Oscar category.
  • Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese have never competed against each other in the Best Director category though they have been nominated six times each.
  • Bob Hope hosted the awards for 18 times followed by Billy Crystal with 8 times.
  • Kate Winslet is the only actress to receive four Oscar nominations before reaching the age of 30.
  • Tom Hanks is the youngest recipient of the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received in 2002 at age 45.
  • Gone with the Wind, at 3 hours and 56 minutes, was the longest film to have won a Best Picture Oscar; it was also the first film in color to win Best Picture.
  • Titanic (1997) holds the record for most film nominations. From its 17 nods, it took home 14 statuettes.
  • Peter O'Toole has never been nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Shirley Temple is the youngest performer to receive an Academy Award; in 1934 she received a Special Award when she was only five years old.
  • The first posthumous Oscar winner was Sidney Howard, for the screenplay of Gone with the Wind.
  • The only films to win Best Picture and Best Song are Gigi, Going My Way and Titanic.
  • In 1937 Disney won a special Oscar for the first full-length animation: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
  • The longest standing ovation in Academy Award history occurred in 1972 when Charlie Chaplin was issued a lifetime achievement award after decades of exile outside the United States.
  • Only three films in history have succeeded in winning all five of the biggest awards. "It Happened One Night," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Silence of the Lambs" have all won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
  • During the 2002 awards ceremony many celebrities arrived in hybrid vehicles and this practice has become integrated into events such as these.
  • Acceptance speeches can only last 45 seconds since 2010.
  • Since 2002, Hollywood's Kodak Theatre became the permanent home of the award ceremonies.
  • Dudley Nichols, George C. Scott, and Marlon Brando are some of the winners who have been critical of the Academy's practices and have boycotted the awards ceremony.
  • The 84th Academy Awards honoring the best films of 2011 will be hosted by Billy Crystal and produced by Brian Grazer.
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