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The Academy Awards or Oscars are the most coveted recognition in Hollywood. The prestigious annual awards are given for excellence, both artistic and technical, in the film industry. The first Academy Award ceremony was held in 1929. This year, the award ceremony would be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 10.
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Winners 2020

Oscar Best Picture 2020
Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role
Oscar Actress in a Leading Role, Renée Zellweger
Oscar actor-in-a-supporting-role 2020
Oscar actress-in-a-supporting-role, Laura Dern 2020
Oscar Animated Feature Film, Toy Story 4
Oscar 2020, 1917, Roger Deakins
Oscar 2020, Costume Design, Little Women
Oscar 2020, Directing, Parasite
Oscar 2020, American Factory, 

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
Oscar 2020, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Oscar 2020, Film Editing, Ford v Ferrari
Oscar 2020, international-feature-film, Parasite, South Korea
Oscar 2020, Makeup and Hairstyling, Bombshell, South Korea
Oscar 2020, Music (Original Score), Jocker
Oscar 2020, Music (Original Song), “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
Oscar 2020, Production Design,  Once upon a Hollywood
Oscar 2020, Short Film (Animated),  Hair Love
Oscar 2020, Short Film (Live Action),  The Neighbors' Window
Oscar 2020, Sound Editing,  Ford v Ferrari, Donald Sylvester
Oscar 2020, Sound Mixing,  1917, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
Oscar 2020, Visual Effects,  1917
Oscar 2020, writing-adapted-screenplay,  Jojo Rabbit
Oscar 2020, writing-original-screenpla,  Parasite

Oscar statuette

Oscar height comparison
Height - 34cm
Avg. height of a cricket bat: 96.53cm

Diameter 5 1/4 inches
oscar weight comparison
Weight - 3.85kg
(Roughly the weight of 23.5 cricket balls)
Avg. weight of a cricket ball: 163 gm
50 statuettes are made in three or four months
Oscar statuette
3,096 statuettes

The bronze statuette is plated with 24-carat gold. However, the number of Oscar statuettes made for each ceremony would be different as the exact number of winners are only revealed during the ceremony. For instance, all producers of the Best Picture would receive one statuette each. And some movies would have more than one producer. Around 50 statuettes are brought for each ceremony and the remaining ones would be stored in a secret vault to be used for next year.

1178 movies have been awarded Oscars, so far, in various categories. 
movies have been awarded Oscars

The Oscar winner is adjudged by the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members through voting. 8,469 Academy members would vote for the Oscars in 2020.

Academy members

The members who join as associates are not eligible to vote. The Academy has invited 842 film professionals and executive members from 59 countries this year as new members.

The five spokes on the statuette represent the original categories of the Academy:

The five spokes on the statuette

Now, 17 categories of the movies are included by the Academy.

If you were to watch all the movies that won the Oscar for the Best Picture at one go, it would take

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If the budget of all the movies that won the Oscar for the Best Picture was calculated, it would come up to Rs 26,851 crore
The box-office collection of the highest-grossing film ‘Avengers: The Endgame’ Rs 19,913 crore
The construction cost of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world Rs 10,676 crore
The budget of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', the most expensive film so farRs 3,060 crore
May 16, 1929

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles. Guests - 270


From 2002 onwards, the Dolby Theatre has been the permanent venue for the Oscars. It has a seating capacity of 3,400 at four levels and 20 opera boxes. The seating capacity for the Oscar night is 3,300. Only invitees can attend the event. The Oscar nominee would get one pair of tickets and would get an additional pair of tickets on request.

5 minutes and 2 seconds

Beatrice Straight won the Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Network’ in 1976. She was on screen for just five minutes and 2 seconds, the shortest performance to win an Oscar. Total duration of the film: 121 minutes

The longest film to win the Oscar for Best Picture

Gone With the Wind

3 hours and 48 minutes

The longest film to win Oscar in any category
War and Peace (Russia)
won the Best Picture in 1968 in the foreign film category:

7 hours and 11 minutes
When Tatum O'Neal won the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in ‘Paper Moon’ in 1973, she was all of 10, thus becoming the youngest Oscar winner so far.
Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 'Beginners' in 2011 at the age of 82, thus becoming the oldest Oscar winner.
Male actors who won the most number of Oscar for Best Actor:
Walter Brennan
Daniel Day-Lewis
Jack Nicholson

won three awards each
Three Indian films that were nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars:
Mother India (1958)
Salaam Bombay (1989)
Lagaan (2002)
Katharine Hepburn
won the Best Actress award four times, a record-setting feat.
Four Indians have received the Oscars so far:
Bhanu Athaiya
(costume designing 1983)
Resul Pookutty
(Sound Mixing 2009)
A R Rahman
(Original Score - 2009)
A R Rahman & Gulzar
(Original Song - 2009).

Alfred Hitchcock was nominated five times for the Best Director award. But he never won the Oscar.
Director John Ford was nominated five times for Best Director, he won the Oscar four times. He is also the director with the most number of Oscar wins.
The actress who was nominated the maximum number of times (7) for the Oscars without ever winning:
Glenn Close

The actor who was nominated the maximum number of times (7) for the Oscars without ever winning:
Richard Burton

The country that won the most number of Oscars for the Best Foreign Film:
Italy, 11 times
Films that have won the most number (11) of Oscars
Ben-Hur (1959)
Titanic (1997)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Jack Nicholson has won the maximum Oscar nominations for Best Actor/Supporting Actor: 12 times
Films with the maximum Oscar nominations
All About Eve (1950)
Titanic (1997)
La La Land (2016)
Bob Hope hosted the Oscars the most number of times: 18
The most number of nominations for Best Actress/Supporting Actress was garnered by Meryl Streep: 21 times.
She won the Oscar three times.
Woody Allen has got 24 nominations in different categories:
Best Actor (1)
Best Director (7)
Best Screenplay (16)
He won the Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay three times and once for Best Director. But he has only attended the Oscar ceremony only once in 2002. However, he did not have any nomination that year.
Walt Disney has won the most number of Oscars and nominations
26 Oscars and
59 nominations!
walt disney Oscar
There are 124 total Oscar nominees across 24 categories this year