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The worst movie follow-up by an Oscar winner is a straight tie between Halle Berry (Monster's Ball to Gothika), Denzel Washington (Glory to Heart Condition) and Anthony Hopkins (Silence Of The Lambs to Freejack).

The list of weirdest thank you recipients in an Oscar speech includes: hairdressers (Cher for Moonstruck), the maharishi (Rod Steiger for In The Heat Of The Night), childhood poverty (Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful), lawyers (Halle Berry, Monster's Ball), "grandpa Buster" (Gwyneth Paltrow), and "everyone I've ever met in my entire life" (Maureen Stapleton, Reds).

The official Oscar after-party – the Governors Ball – takes place in a ballroom at the Kodak Theatre.

The party's head chef – Austrian restaurateur Wolfgang Puck – has catered the shindig for the past 18 years. A hot favourite in 2011 was the King's Speech-inspired Dover sole and a Black Swan paella designed as a veggie-shaped tribute to Natalie Portman (a vegan herself). Fans of vérité cooking would be disappointedto hear there was no 'Squirrel Surpriz à la Winter's Bone'.

1,200 bottles of Champagne, 1000 spiny lobsters, 1200 Kumamoto Oysters and 18kg of caviar were some of the treats on offer at last year's Governors Ball. Recession smishspression.

The Kodak Theatre is the tenth venue to have hosted the Academy Awards. Oscar's other homes have included the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Ambassador Hotel and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Opened in 2001, the Kodak Theatre cost $94m – or roughly a third of an Avatar – to build. To date Stephen Lang has not tried to blow it up.

If you're in the area, Cirque du Soleil's Iris is showing at the Kodak Theatre this year.

The most frequent host is Bob Hope with 19 appearances. Best intro? "Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's known at my house, Passover."

The longest Oscars show took place in 2002 and was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The ceremony clocked in at a bum-aching four hours and 23 minutes.

There are 3332 seats at the Kodak Theatre. If every Academy member turned up for the event, 2451 would have to bring their own seat or sit on the floor. Following the collapse of the Kodak Company, the naming rights are currently up for grabs. Hey, gather together a few million and it could be named after YOU in time for next year.

Dessert chef Sherry Yard uses 7kg of edible gold dust to decorate the 4000 miniature chocolate Oscars served at ball each year.

A ticket to the first Oscars at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929, would have set you back $5 – or $65 in today's money.

The first colour telecast of the Academy Awards took place in 1966, a year after American network television's transition to colour.

Seat-fillers at the Kodak Theatre are paid $125 for their nights' work.

37.9 million Americans tuned into the 2011 Oscars, not including those that nodded off during James Franco's opening gambit. Let's hope that Billy Crystal is a little less distracted this time around.

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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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