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Before the Oscars: Ten quick facts about the Academy Awards

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Today is the Academy Awards, and this marks the 86th year the award show has been going on. To honor cinema and the award show here are ten facts about the Oscars:

  • Since 1929, number of Oscar statuettes presented are 2,809. (According to USA Today)
  • Height of the Oscar statuette is 13½ inches.
  • The first televised Academy Awards show was on March 19, 1953.
  • Alfred Hitchcock was nominated five times for Best Director, but actually has never won.
  • Tatum O'Neal was 10 years old when she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Paper Moon."
  • Bob Hope has done the Oscars more than anyone! He has hosted it 19 times!
  • Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar 18 times!
  • Katherine Hepburn won four Oscars, all for Best Actress.
  • Clint Eastwood is the oldest director to win an Oscar. He was 74 years old.
  • Jessica Tandy is the oldest actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress, she was 80 years old.

So those are just ten facts about the Oscars. Don't forget they are on tonight on ABC at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.


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