On February 26th, millions of people from around the world will be watching the 89th Annual Academy Awards, or what is commonly known as the Oscars. The Oscar is one of the most prestigious awards in the lm industry. So before you pop that popcorn and watch to see who wins this year’s awards, here are some interesting facts about the Oscars:
1) There has only been one woman who has ever won the Best Director award: Kathryn Bigelow, in 2010.
2) The award itself is heavy. It’s taller than a sheet of binder paper at 13.5 inches tall and it weighs 8.5 pounds, about as heavy as a gallon of milk!
3) PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is the company that counts all of the votes to see who the winner is of each category. If the wrong person is announced as the winner, people from PWC can rush onto the stage and stop the show!
4) The youngest person to win an Oscar was 10-year old Tatum O’Neal in 1973, and the oldest person to win was 82-year old Christopher Plummer in 2010.
5) Anyone who won an Oscar award after 1950 and wants to sell his or her statue must first o er to sell it back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or the Academy) for $1. Why? The Academy doesn’t want winners to sell the statues to make money. After all, they are worth a pretty penny. One statue won by Orson Welles sold for over $800,000!