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With the Oscars this weekend, it’s fun to look back at some of the odd and interesting facts you may not have known about the big event:

  • Tom Hank’s acceptance speech for his role in “Philadelphia” became the basis of the film “In & Out”
  • Oscar winners sign a contract stipulating they cannot sell their Oscar without first offering it back to the Academy for the sum of $1.
  • One of the requirements to be nominated for an Oscar is that the movie has to be screened in an LA theater for at least 7 days.
  • 3 people have turned down their Oscars, including George C. Scott, who called the awards show a “meat parade” in 1971 and Marlon Brando in 1972
  • Woody Allen refuses to attend or present at the Oscars, despite winning three awards.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" ("Masterpiece"), PBS.

  • Maggie Smith won an Oscar for portraying an actress who lost an Oscar in “California Suite,” making it the only film revolving around the Oscars to win one.
  • The only film to show an Oscar in a scene while also winning Best Picture is “The Godfather”
  • Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden share the record for shortest acceptance speech. They simply said “Thank you.”
  • Sealed envelopes became customary in 1941, a year after the LA Times broke the press embargo and printed the names of all of the winners before the ceremony.

Read more about these Oscars oddities form Starpulse.

Check out Tom Hanks’ speech:


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