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Interesting Facts About The Oscars

Feb 22, 2013 -- 7:27am


  Oscar odds: 282 features were eligible for best picture, compared with 265 a year ago.

  Person who hosted the most Academy Awards shows: Bob Hope, with 19. Billy Crystal marked his ninth stint a year ago. By comparison, this will be No. 1 for Seth MacFarlane, also a nominee for original song from his comedy "Ted."

  Triple plays: Sunday could be a night of three-peats for three performers: Daniel Day-Lewis, front-runner in the best actor contest for "Lincoln," previously won for his starring roles in "My Left Foot" and "There Will Be Blood." Sally Field, a supporting actress nominee for "Lincoln," owns a pair of golden bookends for "Norma Rae" and "Places in the Heart." Robert De Niro, in contention as the dad in "Silver Linings Playbook," won the supporting actor prize for "The Godfather Part II" and the leading actor honor for "Raging Bull."

... If any of them pick up a third statuette, they will join Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman in the exclusive club of actors with three Academy Awards. The late Katharine Hepburn is in a class by herself with four.

  Statue stats: Statuette weighs 8.5 pounds and stands 13.5 inches tall with a diameter base of 5.25 inches. Since the first Academy Awards, 2,856 Oscars have been presented.

  One for the record books: March 24, 2002, made Oscar history for all sorts of reasons. In a Hollywood first, voters gave the top prizes to two African-American actors, "Training Day" star Denzel Washington and "Monster's Ball" star Halle Berry.

  "A Beautiful Mind" was named best picture at the first show held at the Kodak Theatre, since renamed the Dolby Theatre. It was also the longest show in Academy history, clocking in at 4 hours and 23 minutes.

  All over but the counting: The polls are now closed. Ballots from the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were due back at 8 PM ET on Tuesday.

  Audience: The 2012 telecast drew an estimated 39.2 million American viewers with a 22.6 rating and 34 share. That means one of every three sets in use was tuned to the Oscar telecast. As usual, the show will be seen in more than 225 countries.

  700 lucky fans will be seated on the bleachers on the 500-foot walkway leading into the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. In the old days, fans would camp out for days to secure space on the bleachers but, with increased security and the move to Hollywood, those spots are now awarded in a random drawing. Winners also get the chance to watch the show at a nearby theater and get a fan gift bag. Some years, as many as 20,000 fans have tried to win a seat.

  Two of nine: That's how many of the best picture nominees are available on DVD: "Argo" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild".

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