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    23 Facts About The Oscars That'll Make You Say "Whaaaaat, Are You Serious?!"

    Only one woman has ever won an Oscar for Best Director.

    1. Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar 21 times

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    She was first nominated in 1979 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Deer Hunter (1978). That means over the past 39 years, she was nominated for an Oscar in roughly 53% of her projects.

    2. Octavia Spencer is the first black actress to be nominated again after winning an Oscar

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    Spencer is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Shape of Water at the 90th Academy Awards.

    3. A science fiction film has never won an Oscar for Best Picture

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    This doesn't seem too crazy until you read some former Best Picture nominees like Star Wars (1977), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Avatar (2009), Inception (2010),

    and Gravity (2013).

    4. Grand Hotel (1932) is the only film in Academy Awards history to win Best Picture without being nominated in any other category

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    To be fair there were only 12 categories in 1932, and more than 20 categories in 2018.

    5. The youngest winner in Academy Awards history was 10 years old

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    Actor Tatum O'Neal was only 10 years old when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Paper Moon (1973).

    Shirley Temple is the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar at five years old, but it was an honorary one.

    6. Shrek (2001) and Leonardo DiCaprio have won the same number of Oscars

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    Both have taken home one Oscar:

    - Shrek won Best Animated Feature at the 2002 Academy Awards

    - Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for

    The Revenant at the 2016 Academy Awards

    7. Two actors have won an Oscar posthumously

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    Heath Ledger and Peter Finch both were awarded their Academy Awards after they had passed away for their work in The Dark Knight (2008) and Network (1976) respectively.

    8. Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for his films

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    Maybe one of the most famous filmmakers of all time, Hitchcock was nominated for Best Director five times but never won. Hitchcock was recognized by the Academy when they awarded him the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968.

    9. The Academy Awards were once robbed... literally

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    In 2000, two men stole packing crates filled with 55 Oscar statuettes. 52 statuettes were recovered after the crates were found in the trash. Three years later, FBI agents found one of the three remaining stolen Oscars during a drug investigation.

    10. Only one woman has ever won an Oscar for Best Director

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    At the 82nd Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow took home the Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker (2009), which also won Best Picture that year. Not only has the Academy not awarded Best Director to a female director since then, the Academy has not nominated another female director until Greta Gerwig at the 90th Academy Awards for her film Lady Bird (2017).

    11. Oscar winners live longer

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    Oscar winners had a life expectancy 3.9 years longer than less recognized performers of their era.

    12. Selling your Oscar is probably not the smartest idea

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    If an Oscar winner wants to sell their statuette, they legally must first offer it back to the Academy for one dollar.

    13. Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won an Oscar for playing the same character

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    Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro played Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) respectively. They are the only actors who have won an Oscar for playing the same character.

    14. Multiple people have misplaced their Oscar statuette

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    At least 10 Oscar winners have no idea where their Oscar is. Notable names on that list are Angelina Jolie, Jeff Bridges, and Matt Damon.

    15. A ticket to the first Academy Awards in 1929 cost $5

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    A ticket to the first Oscars at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929 cost $5. The price for tickets to the 2018 Academy Awards is between $150 - $750 depending on if you want to sit in the nosebleeds or the Mezzanine.

    16. Oscar Hammerstein II is the only person named "Oscar" to win an Oscar

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    Hammerstein II won two actually, both for Best Original Song.

    17. Seat-fillers make $125 an hour

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    Seat-fillers sit in a seat when someone gets up so the audience looks full. For $125 an hour. Where can I sign up for this?

    18. People cry during their acceptance speeches more than they used to

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    Oscar winners have cried more in recent years than in years past. 71% of Oscar speeches that included tears have taken place after 1995.

    19. Leonardo DiCaprio's wait for an Oscar has nothing on Kevin O'Connell

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    People celebrated when Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar on his fifth nomination, but sound mixer Kevin O'Connell was nominated a whopping 18 times without winning — that is, until 2017 when he finally took home an Oscar.

    20. John C. Reilly starred in three movies all nominated for Best Picture in the same year

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    In 2002, actor John C. Reilly starred in Chicago, The Hours, and Gangs Of New York, all nominated for Best Picture at that year's awards. Reilly became the fourth person to have accomplished this.

    21. Six new rules were added so there won't be another La La Land / Moonlight mistake

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    The new rules are:

    - The presenter and stage manager will confirm that they have been given the correct envelope.

    - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) partners are prohibited from using cellphones or social media during the show.

    - The two PwC accountants holding the envelopes will have memorized the winners' list.

    - Addition of a third balloting partner, who will sit in the control room, will also know the winners list by heart.

    - All three accountants will attend rehearsals and practice what to do if anything goes wrong.

    - Chairman of PwC will be personally involved with Oscar operations.

    22. The total cost of the look for an A-list actress attending the 90th Academy Awards is around $10 million

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    Around $1.5 million for the average A-list attendee and roughly $266,000 for a first-time attendee.

    23. A man once streaked at the Academy Awards

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    In 1974 during the 46th Academy Awards, a man named Robert Opal streaked across the stage flashing a peace sign... and a little bit more than that.

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