[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e all know what the Oscar Award is, but there’s a lot behind these awards. From celebrities coming and having a ball of time, from winners to loser; Oscar has seen it all. And there’s a lot of trivia or fun facts behind it, which we you might not know.
Here are the facts:
10. PILFERAGE OF THE OSCAR
Yeah! You, read it right. In the year 2000, just when the Oscars award was around the corner, 55 Oscar statues were stolen from the carrier’s dock. Though they were found, since then, the Oscars are not shipped, but a special United Airlines Flight is used to keep them safe and deliver them safely.
9. THE ENGRAVER
R.S. Owens is the man behind engraving the nameplates of all the nominees and that is how, the names of the winners are kept safe and no body knows who all are winning. The names are engraved before the voting starts and whoever wins gets his/her name after the winner is announced.
8. BALLERS OF THE OSCAR
In 1999, Michael Jackson purchased an Oscar for one million Dollar. After that, the Academy made champs sign an agreement saying the trophy is the property of the Academy and winners must offer to give them back to the Academy for one Dollar before offering to any other individual.
7. THE OSCAR STATUE
Initially, they were strong gold-plated bronze. At that point, they moved over to Britannia metal, a pewter-like composite that was then secured with copper, nickel silver, and 24-carat gold.
6. FIRST OSCAR AWARD
With what the grants have transformed into today, it’s difficult to envision Hollywood’s modest beginnings. That was the situation for the first Academy Awards in May 1929.
5. THE BIGGEST LOSER IN THE HISTORY OF OSCARS
Kevin O’Connell, a sound mixer has been nominated 20 times in the Oscar but never won. From the movies as big as Terms of Endearment to Transformers, Kevin has worked in all, but had no luck winning the Oscars.
4. MARLON BRANDO RETURNED THE OSCAR
Something that no one expects, but The Godfather actor, declined to acknowledge the honor and rather sent Native American performing artist Sacheen Littlefeather to speak on his behalf. Since then Academy accordingly banned the utilization of intermediaries from talking on behalf of anyone.
3. THE BIG WINNERS OF ALL THE FIVE CATEGORIES
There are three movies in the history of movies that have ever won every one of the five of the top classes :Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Best Direction, and Best Writing). They are: ‘It Happened One Night’ (1934), ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975) and “Silence of the Lambs’ (1991).
2. YOUNGEST AND THE OLDEST OSCAR WINNERS
The youngest Oscar victor was Tatum O’Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for “Paper Moon” (1973) when she was just 10 years of age. Christopher Plummer at the age of 82 became the oldest man to win an Oscar for the best supporting actor for the movie “Beginners”.
1. THE REAL OSCAR
The genuine Oscar was 5 Feet and eleven inches. In 1928, on-screen character Emilio Fernández, who was 5’11,” acted like a bare model for the statue’s creation. MGM craftsmanship chief Cedric Gibbons, one of the first Academy Award member, regulated the outline of the trophy by printing the shape on a paper. Needing a model for his statuette, Gibbons was presented by his future wife Dolores del Río to Mexican film chief Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. Hesitant at to begin with, Fernández was at long last persuaded to posture naked to make what today is known as the “OSCAR.”