I love movies, but I’ve never been a huge fan of watching the Oscar’s. This year I happen to see many of the movies, obviously making me more interested in watching the famous Academy Award night.
A friend of mine is also throwing a Mardi Gras / Oscar party on Sunday, so let the celebration begin, and good luck to all!
Fun Facts about the Oscars
1. Liza Minnelli is the only Oscar winner whose parents (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) also both won Academy Awards.
2. An Oscar weighs in at just over 3kg and stands 34cm tall.
3. The ”Everybody Wins at the Oscars” gift bag is awarded annually by Distinctive Assets and is chock full of goodies worth over $80,000— Filled with products like Chocolatines, Slow Watches, Acure Organics skincare, and a trip on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train, the gift bag is sure to please all.
4.The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O’Neal, only ten when she won Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973.
5. The winner of the most Oscars in a lifetime? Walt Disney. He collected 32 from 59 nominations.
6. The first black actress to win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel. The Kansan won Best Supporting Actress for Gone With The Wind in 1940.
7. Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an Oscar when he collected for Lilies Of The Field in 1963.
8. “Happy,” written by Pharrell Williams from “Despicable Me 2,” is up for original song at the Academy Awards. “Happy” was originally released back in June last year, tucked away as track four on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. Pharrell had signed to Sony Music and the track was considered a ‘possible’ to appear on his new album.
9. After John Singleton and Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen becomes only the third black filmmaker to receive a Best Director nod — and the first of non-US origin.
10. Three actors of African parentage are nominated this year: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Nigerian), Lupita Nyong’o (Kenyan) and Barkhad Abdi (Somalian).