10 Interesting Facts about Oscar

  • In the Oscars' history, there have been six ties. Prior to 1950, a tie was defined as being within three votes of the winner until a real tie was required to award the prize to multiple contestants.

  • Ties at the Oscars are a rarity — there's only been six of them in the history of the show. But that's still more than the five women who have been nominated for Best Director.

  • The trophy's official name is the Academy Award of Merit, although it's more commonly referred to as an Oscar. Nobody knows why, although there's a notion that the statuette reminded a librarian, who subsequently became the academy's executive director, of her uncle named Oscar. It wasn't until 1939 that the term was formally associated with the trophy.

  • In 1940, 'Gone With The Wind' became the first colour film to receive a Best Picture award.

  • Walt Disney is the only person to have won more Oscars than anyone else. He was nominated for 64 awards and received 26 of them! With 47 Academy Award nominations, composer John Williams is the second most nominated person (and counting).


  • Only three films have won all five Academy Awards for Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director, and Writing. 'It Happened One Night' (1935), 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' (1976), and 'The Silence Of The Lambs' are the three films in question (1992).

  • Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon (1973) at the age of ten, was the youngest Oscar winner ever.

  • Jessica Tandy, at the age of 81, was the oldest person to win an Academy Award. For her role in 'Driving Miss Daisy,' she earned the Best Actress Award.



  • With a production price estimated to be approximately $280 million, 'Avatar' holds the record for most costly movie ever to win an Oscar. It won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Visual Effects, but not for Best Picture or Best Director.

  • The only actors to get an Oscar posthumously are Peter Finch (Network) and Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight). Matilda, Ledger's small daughter, received his Oscar.

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