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Academy Awards
Oscar History / Oscar Trivia
Most Academy Awards
Most Nominations
Highest-Grossing Movie
Oldest/Youngest Winners
Oscar Hosts
Only Oscar to win an Oscar
Oscar Statue
Most Outlandish Fashionistas

Best Picture Categories
Oscar Winning Movies

Oscar History

The first-ever Academy Awards were held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd.

Janet Gaynor accepted the very first "Best Actress" award in 1929 for an incredible major three  performances in one year — in "Seventh Heaven," "Sunrise" and "Street Angel." It was the only time an actress had won an Oscar for multiple roles in one year.

The ceremony lasted only 15 minutes — in contrast, today's marathon production runs more than three hours!

1930 - 1943
The first "full-fledged" Oscar ceremony took place at the Cocoanut Grove in 1930 — productions alternated between the Cocoanut Grove (1930, 1940 and 1943) and the Fiesta Room (1932 and 1934).

1939 10 Best-Picture Nominees
These 1939 10 Best-Picture Nominees are all considered classics today:

  • Gone With the Wind*
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Stagecoach
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Love Affair
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Ninotchka
  • Dark Victory
*1939 Winner

In 1944, the Academy Awards were held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It was the first ceremony ever to be heard on network radio — and to be broadcast to the troops abroad.

The Academy Awards show moved to the Shrine Auditorium — with over 6,000 seats, it was the largest theater in the U.S.

In 1950, the Oscar ceremony was held at the RKO Pantages Theater, located at Hollywood and Vine — and it remained there for ten years. In 1953, the theater was the site of the very first televised Oscar broadcast, hosted by Bob Hope.

The Oscars moved from Hollywood to Santa Monica during 1961-1968. The ceremony was held in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. In 1966, for the first time ever, the Oscars were broadcast in full Technicolor.

In 1969, the Academy Awards show moved to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — and it remained there for almost 20 years.

The Oscar ceremony returned to the Shrine Auditorium in 1988 — hosted by Chevy Chase. The show alternated between the Shrine Auditorium and the Dorothy Chander Pavilion until 2001.

Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

2002-Present Day
Since 2002, the Oscars have taken place at its new home — the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 3,300-seat theater was built especially for the annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Oscar Hosts

2019 — No Host
2018 — Jimmy Kimmel
2017 — Jimmy Kimmel
2016 — Chris Rock
2015 — Neil Patrick Harris
2014 — Ellen DeGeneres
2013 — Seth MacFarlane
2012 — Billy Crystal
2011 — Anne Hathaway*
           & James Franco*
2010 — Steve Martin
           & Alec Baldwin
2009 — Hugh Jackman
2008 — Jon Stewart
2007 — Ellen DeGeneres
2006 — Jon Stewart
2005 — Chris Rock
2004 — Billy Crystal
2003 — Steve Martin
2002 — Whoopi Goldberg
2001 — Steve Martin
2000 — Billy Crystal

* First time ever that the Oscars were co-hosted by a male and female (Anne Hathaway and Oscar-nominee James Franco)


Best-Picture Categories
On June 2009, the 2010 Academy Awards doubled the number of Best-Picture Nominees from five to 10 — returning to the traditions of the 1930s and '40s. The broadened movie field could now include Documentaries, Foreign-Language Films, Animated Movies, Musicals and Comedies.

In January 2012, the rules changed to allow anywhere from 5 to 10 Best-Picture Nominees — 9 movies were nominated.

Oscar-Winning Movies
(1990 to Present)

2015 — Birdman
2014 — 12 Years a Slave
2013 — Argo
2012 — The Artist
2011 — The King's Speech
2010 — The Hurt Locker
2009 — Slumdog Millionaire
2008 — No Country For Old Men
2007 — The Departed
2006 — Crash
2005 — Million Dollar Baby
2004 — The Lord of the Rings:
           The Return of the King
2003 — Chicago
2002 — A Beautiful Mind
2001 — Gladiator
2000 — American Beauty
1999 — Shakespeare in Love
1998 — Titanic
1997 — The English Patient
1996 — Braveheart
1995 — Forrest Gump
1994 — Schindler's List
1993 — Unforgiven
1992 — The Silence of the Lambs
1991 — Dances with Wolves
1990 — Driving Miss Daisy

Academy Awards,
Best Picture Nominations and Winner



Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Jack Nicholson hand-prints and footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Oscar Trivia

Most Academy Awards

Best Movie — it was a tie!
Ben-Hur (1959) — 11
Titanic (1998) — 11

Gone with the Wind (1939)
— 10

Best Actress
Katherine Hepburn — 4

Meryl Streep — 3

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis makes Oscar History in 2013
with 3 Best Oscar Wins

Walter Brennan (3 Best Supporting Actor Awards)

Jack Nicholson (2 Best Actor Awards & 1 Supporting Actor Award)


Most Nominations

Titanic (1998) — 14
All About Eve (1950) —14

Gone with the Wind (1939)
— 13

Meryl Streep — 17

Jack Nicholson — 12


Highest-Grossing Movie

Avatar (2009)

Oldest/Youngest Winners

Tatum O'Neal (10)
Gloria Stuart (87)

Youngest Nominated Actress:
Quvenzhané Wallis (9)

Oldest Nominated Actress:
Emmanuelle Riva (85)

Timothy Hutton (20)
George Burns (80)
Christopher Plummer (82)

First Frenchman to win
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin


Barbra Streisand Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Most Outlandish
Oscar Fashionistas

Barbra Streisand (1969)
Barbra's revealing Arnold Scaasi black-tulle, bell-bottom trouser suit, lined with nude silk, caused a sensation.

Cher (1986)
Cher donned a Bob Mackie beaded punk/Native American outfit with a Mohawk headress and made international headlines.

Bjork (2001)
Icelandic Singer/Actress Bjork wore the now infamous "Swan-dress" (a fake swan draped over the front of her shoulder).

Who is the only Oscar to win an Oscar?

Oscar Hammerstein II for Best Original Song in 1941 for "The Last Time I Saw Paris" in the film "Lady Be Good" and again in 1945 for "It Might As Well Be Spring" in the film "State Fair."


Oscar Statue
How much does the Oscar statue weigh in comparison to other Awards?

Oscar Statue: 8.5 lbs
Grammy Award: 5 lbs 2oz
Golden Globe 5.5 lbs
Spirit Award 6 lbs
SAG Award 12 lbs

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Annual Razzie Awards
Check out this year's annual Razzies to see the "Worst Nominees" of the year in the following categories:

  • Worst Pictures
  • Worst Actor
  • Worst Actress
  • Worst Supporting Actor
  • Worst Supporting Actress
  • Worst Director
  • ... and more!

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