I’m a bit of an Oscar geek and very little research was needed for these trivia factoids.
1. Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were both nominated for Best Picture is the same year. (Gone With the Win won)
2. Citizen Kane is widely considered the greatest movie of all time but it lost Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley.
3. The only movie ever to win in every category it was nominated for was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
4. Hilary Swank has never lost at the Oscars.
5. Bette Midler and Leonardo DiCaprio have never won.
6. J.K. Simmons’ first name is Jonathan
7. Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any actor. She also holds the records for the most losses by an actor. (16 losses and 3 wins)
8. Halle Berry is the only black woman to ever win Best Actress
9. 2/3 of Best Picture winners are movies based on other sources (books, plays, etc)
10. Orson Welles never won Best Director for Citizen Kane. The film’s only award was for Best Original Screenplay.
11. Only 3 women have ever been nominated for Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow is the only women to ever win in the category.
12. Since 1990, only 6 Best Director winners have failed to win Best Picture.
13. Regardless of who wins Best Actor this year, it will be his first time winning.
14. In the past 10 years (since 2004) 7 of the 10 Best Actor winners have won for playing real men. This helps to predict that Eddie Redmayne will be added to the list after Sunday’s ceremony.
Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote
Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk
Collin Firth as King George VI
Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln
Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof