Oscar digits by the
Here’s a fun look at the academy awards ... all in numbers!
The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) didn’t win anything despite receiving 11 nominations each.
The number of people who have won a posthumous Oscar for acting; Peter Finch in 1977 for Network and Heath Ledger, in the best supporting actor category for 2008’s The
DarkKnight. They were both Australians.
Films which have won in all five main categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay [original or adapted]) – It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew
Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and The Silence Of The Lambs (1991).
The weight of the shiny Oscar statuette in kilograms. It has a 24karat gold plating on its surface; beneath it is a metal mixture called Britannium – comprising an alloy of tin (93%), antimony (5%), and copper (2%).
The number of times Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated. His first was in 1993 for
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in the Best Supporting Actor category. Then he was nominated in the Best Actor category for
The Aviator in 2005 and Blood Diamond in 2007. This year, The Wolf Of Wall Street earned him two nominations – Best Actor and Best Picture (he is
one of the film’s producers). Good luck, Leo.
Peter O’Toole was nominated eight times, in the Best Actor category, beginning with Lawrence Of Arabia in 1963. His last nomination was in 2007 for Venus. He never won. In 2003, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science‘s Board of Governors awarded him with an Honorary Oscar.
Tatum O’Neal was only 10 when she won the best actress in a supporting role in 1974 for her work alongside her father, Ryan O’Neal, in PaperMoon. It was her film debut and she’s on screen for nearly all of the film’s running time.
The maximum number of Oscars won by a single film. Three films are tied for this record – The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003), Titanic (1997) and Ben-Hur (1959).
Olivia de Havilland thanked 27 people in her 1947 acceptance speech when she won the Best Actress Oscar for the film To Each His Own.
The number of years between wins; Helen Hayes won in 1932 for The Sin Of Madelon Claudet and – again, 39 years later – in 1971 for Airport.
Clint Eastwood’s age when he won the Best Director award for
MillionDollarBaby in 2005, making him the oldest director to have won the award.
Christopher Plummer’s age when he won the Best Supporting Actor for Beginners in 2012. This makes him the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar, surpassing Jessica Tandy’s age which was 80, when she won the best actress award for
Driving Miss Daisy.
The amount Titanic (1997) earned at the box office worldwide.
This figure is The Hurt Locker’s worldwide gross, the Best Picture winner for 2010. It also gave director Kathryn Bigelow the Best Director award – making her the first female to win in this category.