Sunday night will play host to the 88th Academy Awards- an iconic event in the pop culture calendar that sees all manner of stars from the silver screen descend upon Los Angeles to celebrate the film triumphs of the year.
To get you prepared for the biggest show of the award season, we’ve compiled an Oscars by numbers.
2: NUMBER OF TIMES JENNIFER LAWRENCE TRIPPED
Poor J Law! Back in 2013, the actress fell up the steps before receiving her Academy Award and as is her brilliant sense of humour, she collected her gong and said “This is nuts. You guys are only standing up because I fell and you feel bad. That was embarrassing.” Unfortunately for the star, a trip came on the red carpet the following year after she bumped into a traffic cone, but she saved herself by laughing it off. Is a fall scheduled for this year too? We hope not!
3: NUMBER OF FEMALE DIRECTORS NOMINATED
Only three female directors were nominated for the Best Director award, with Katherine Bigelow the only woman to win for The Hurt Locker in 2009. Interestingly Bigelow beat her ex-husband James Cameron who was up for an award for the then ground-breaking Avatar.
4:TIMES LEO LOST OUT ON AN OSCAR
It’s the terrible fact no-one wishes were true. Leonardo DiCaprio has missed out on an Oscar not once, not twice but four times! 1994 saw him miss out on the supporting actor gong in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and nine years later his bad luck continued with a Best Actor award for The Aviator slipping through his fingers. His performance in Blood Diamond in 2007 didn’t quite make the cut and although things looked good for the Wolf of Wall Street actor in 2014 following his stellar performance, he missed out once again. Poor Leo! But will this be his year?
5: TIMES HITCHCOCK WAS NOMINATED BUT NEVER WON
Iconic director of some of the most renowned films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock was a pioneer in the film industry but was unfortunate to miss out on an Oscar after five nominations. Recognised for his directing, perhaps his ground-breaking film techniques and innovative methods were too avant-garde for the time.
10: AGE OF THE YOUNGEST OSCAR WINNER
Tatum O’Neal became the youngest person to winner an Oscar for her performance in Paper Moon (1973), aged just 10 years old. She depicted tomboy Addie who’s strong will charmed audiences. The actress went on to appear in a number of films, most recently The Runaways in 2010 and This is 40 in 2012.
19: TIMES MERYL STREEP HAS BEEN NOMINATED
The gem of our screens, a legendary figure in the acting and one of the most iconic women in the world, it’s no wonder Meryl Streep has been nominated for a staggering 19 awards since 1979. Although she’s only won three awards (for Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady), her versatility in creating a number of distinct leading roles giving her the status of a true star.
263: DURATION IN MINUTES OF THE LONGEST OSCARS
With an impressive duration of four hours 23 minutes, Whoopi Goldberg presented the longest recorded Academy Awards back in 2002. Recognising films like The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which won 13 awards, it was also a year that saw Halle Berry win Best Actress for Monster’s Ball and the Best Actor gong went to Denzel Washington for Training Day.
550: LENGTH IN FEET OF THE RED CARPET
Taking place inside the Dolby Theatre, a red carpet is rolled out and traditionally reaches 500 feet in length- that means since the award show began, a whopping 44,000 feet has been rolled! Costing around $25,000 to rent, the carpet is typically surrounded by around 85 photographers and 300 members of the press, as well as 700 seats for fans.
2947:TOTAL OSCARS THAT HAVE BEEN AWARDED
Since the first Academy Awards in 1929, 2,947 Oscars have been given out. Amongst them sees a variety of significant winners:
1939: Gone With the Wind is the longest film (234 minutes) to win an Oscar.
1964: Sidney Poitier was the first African American to the Best Actor award in Lilies of the Field.
1972: Liza Minnelli wins an award for Cabaret and becomes the first person to receive an award after both her parents did before her.
1978: Maggie Smith won a gong for playing a failed Oscar nominee in California Suite.
2010: Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest man to win an Oscar at the age of 82 for Beginners.
2014: Composer John Williams remains the most Oscar-nominated person alive with 49 nods and five wins.
$160,000: AVERAGE AMOUNT A GOODIE BAG IS WORTH
It’s the swag bag that everyone wants to get their hands on- the Oscars goodie bags are famous for containing extortionate products and covetable accessories. Here are some of the weirdest products in recent goodie bags:
2012: The offer of non-invasive fat reduction surgery.
2014: Weight loss pills and a robotic hair transplant system.
2015: A private tour of a sea salt reserve in the South of France and a trip to a psychic for mind control lessons.
43,000,000: NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT TUNED IN IN 2014
In 2014, the ceremony was watched by an impressive 43 million people in the US alone, making it one of the largest audiences in a decade. The event featured a performance by Pharell Williams with films like 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club being recognised.
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