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True fact: only one of Bill & Ted's historical chums has been nominated for an Oscar. Ingrid Bergman won a nomination for her Joan Of Arc in 1948, but Genghis Khan, Sigmund Freud, Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Van, So-crates and, most surprisingly, Napoleon have all come up empty handed. Maybe Daniel Day-Lewis can change that next year.

Five people have been nominated for playing the same character twice: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth I); Bing Crosby (Father Chuck O'Malley); Paul Newman ('Fast' Eddie Felson); Peter O'Toole (Henry II); and Al Pacino (Michael Corleone). Bing Crosby actually won for his original turn in Going My Way (1944), whereas Paul Newman finally got his Academy Award for returning to the character of 'Fast' Eddie in The Color Of Money (1986).

The first person to turn down an Academy Award was Dudley Nichols, who refused a Best Screenwriter award for The Informers (1935) due to a union dispute at the time.

In 1970, George C. Scott refused the Best Actor award for his scenery-chewing Patton. He dismissed the awards as "a two-hour meat parade".

Peter O'Toole is the only actor to refuse an honorary Oscar. He wrote the Academy letter explaining that he wanted to "win the lovely bugger outright", although he changed his mind and accepted the award in person from Meryl Streep.

Only one actress has won an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex: Linda Hunt in The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982).

Hilary Swank, of course, won an Oscar for playing a transgender character in Boys Don't Cry (1999).

An Oscar weighs in at just over 3kg and stands 34cm tall. That's the equivalent to two bags of flour or one very small Orc.

Six Oscars-winners have also won Razzies: Laurence Olivier, Roberto Benigni, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bullock, Charlton Heston, Halle Berry and Faye Dunaway.

Laurence Olivier and Roberto Benigni are also the only people to have won Best Actor in a film they directed: Benigni for Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Olivier for Hamlet (1948).

Liza Minnelli, meanwhile, is the only Oscar winner whose parents (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) also both won Academy Awards.

Of the 55 Oscars that were stolen by truck driver Lawrence Ladent in March 2000, 52 were returned by his accomplice's brother, one was recovered in a Miama drugs raid three years later and two are still missing.

John Lasseter dresses his Academy Awards in Barbie clothes.

John Ford's mantlepiece was the most Oscar-laden of any director. The New Englander won four times, for The Informer (1938), The Grapes Of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941, beating Citizen Kane) and The Quiet Man (1952).

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1 Fact #18
Posted on Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:34 by sparkyjcs
Surely Return of the King is a SEQUEL to The Two Towers and Fellowship of the Ring. Didn't that win Best Picture also? Read More

2 #19
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012, 22:07 by oceandwellers
Are you not forgetting One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Read More

3 number 51
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012, 11:51 by Dropje
I count seven names, not six. Read More

4 meryl
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012, 08:06 by nz_louise
meryl has 17 nominations to date not 14 Read More

5 No. 43 and 44
Posted on Friday February 24, 2012, 18:37 by hcasner
Raymond Massey was nominated for Abe Lincoln in Illinois; and Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for the same role twice, the same in different categories, but the same role. Read More

6 @ #31
Posted on Friday February 24, 2012, 18:02 by wordscrawl
wings wasn't produced by howard Hughes. that was Hells Angels (1930) i was super excited to read this list, but this is like the 4th wrong fact I've found so far. boo Read More

7 40?
Posted on Thursday February 23, 2012, 22:30 by Pixaroholic
John Williams has 47, not 40, nominations, right?? Read More

8 Spielberg
Posted on Thursday February 23, 2012, 19:19 by sonofliberty1
72 - Spielberg collected his first Oscar in 1987 when he won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and then again in 1994 for Schindler's List Read More

9 FACT 101
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 22:59 by sjessep
Most nominations before winning: Randy Newman won with his 16th nomination before winning for Monsters Inc. He's since won again with Toy Story 3, his 20th nomination. Read More

10 Christopher Plummer
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 20:31 by Evil_Bob
I suppose you're right Christopher Plummer would be the oldest person to win an Oscar if he wins this year. Although I'm not exactly sure why you're ignoring Max von Sydow who's nominated this year in the same category and is about 8 months older than Plummer. Oh and Return of the King is a sequel. I'm not going with Scream 2's definition of a sequel nor should a respected film magazine. (although arguably Silence of the Lambs is also a sequel) Read More

11 And Godfather II is also technically part-prequel...
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 19:14 by Porter LOTR: The Return of the King is the only outright sequel winner! God I hate pub quizzes! Read More

12 how can Godfather Part II be the only best picture winning sequel...
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 19:12 by Porter
...surely LOTR: The Return of the King is a sequel too? And don't give me any of that "it's the concluding part of the same story" horseshit. It's a damn sequel!!! Read More

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 17:15 by tonyjoedeeks
Judy Garland never won a competative Oscar- she received a special award for The Wizard of Oz.. An Academy gift, not a competative win.. Read More

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