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Alfred Hitchcock never laid his hands on one: at least, not until his honorary gong in 1968. He was nominated five times – for Rebecca, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Rear Window and Psycho – but was pipped by John Ford, Leo McCarey, Billy Wilder (twice) and Elia Kazan.


Other directorial greats not to win include Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Sidney Lumet and Robert Altman. An Academy Award continues to elude Ridley Scott, too.


The winner of the most Oscars in a lifetime? Walt Disney. He collected 32 from 59 nominations. His earliest win came for the first full Technicolored animation, Flowers And Trees, in 1932 and he was nominated in 22 consecutive years.


After Walt Disney and Cedric Gibbons, composer Alfred Newman has won the most Oscars to date. Between 1938 and 1971 he was nominated 41 times and won nine. John Williams has 40 nominations and if he wins for either Tintin or War Horse, it'll be six Oscars.


Williams' fellow composer Alan Menken holds the record for the most Oscar wins by a living person with eight.


Songs from stage musicals are not eligible for a Best Song Oscar.


The most unusual recipient of an honorary Oscar was the British Ministry of Propaganda for its bomber flick Target For Tonight in 1941.


Due to metal shortages, Oscars during World War II were made from painter plaster. These were replaced with the proper kind after the War's end.


2809 statuettes have been presented since the first awards in 1929. The little gold man are cast, molded, polished and generally made all shiny by Chicago's R. S. Owens & Company.


It takes nearly a month to finish the 50-odd statuettes required for each year's ceremony.


The Oscar statuette was first sketched by Cedric Gibbons, the chief art director at MGM. He would end up with 11 statuettes of his own for his design work on films like The Wizard Of Oz and The Great Ziegfeld.


According to legend, the name 'Oscar' was given to the statuettes by Margaret Herrick, the Academy's librarian. Reportedly, the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar, who, we assume, was a tiny tanned man with a sword.


Nowadays Herrick's name now adorns the Academy library too. If there'd been an Oscar for naming things, she'd have won it.

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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
...so 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

13
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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