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10 things you may not know about the Oscars

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Oscars

You may watch the Academy Awards every year, but that doesn't make you an expert! Here are a few facts to boost your Oscar knowledge and impress your viewing party pals:

1.) During the metal shortage of WWII, the Oscar statues were made of plaster

2.) Winners are not allowed to sell their award...unless they sell it back to the Academy for $1

3.) Seat-fillers get paid $125 to make the theater look filled to capacity

4.) The Hurt Locker is the lowest grossing film to win Best Picture

5.) Bob Hope hosted the award ceremony 18 times

6.) Billy Crystal has hosted 9 times

7.) The only tie for Best Actress happened in 1968 between Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn

8.) Marlon Brando refused his 1973 Oscar for Best Actor

9.) There has only been one Oscar winner actually named 'Oscar'

10.) William Holden and Alfred Hitchcock hold the records for shortest acceptance speech

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plfdlimo March 01 2014 at 11:49 AM

Bob Hope was the best as Oscar host

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justjimone March 01 2014 at 11:54 AM

overated or not hitchcock made a lot of money and its just your opinion, i think he made a lot of good movies and i loved his t v show

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itbloo justjimone March 01 2014 at 12:20 PM

just: The Alfred Hitchkcock Hour is always captivating. No, or actual blood, but it keeps me intrigued. Two in the morning, it's a non-sleeper's gift. Believe it or not "Thriller" with Boris Karloff is cool, too. I also like "Wanted Dead of Alive" with Steve McQueen. Wagon Train can be entertaining, but damn, their wagoneering through the same Southern California territory gets old.

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kenyng March 01 2014 at 10:48 AM

As good as the award winners are/were they needed the supporting cast and writers to achieve the award,

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cabinsmoke March 01 2014 at 10:45 AM

The most surprising thing of all is that people watch.

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Jim March 01 2014 at 9:50 AM

So did George C. Scott for "Patton".

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bzzzbayte March 01 2014 at 10:55 AM


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jpondoc March 01 2014 at 9:39 AM

joe pesci, shortest acceptance speech?

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Victor March 01 2014 at 9:34 AM

it has become a populariity contest

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Kay Victor March 01 2014 at 10:56 AM

I agree. Has nothing to do with anything being a good picture/movie!

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toddpugz March 01 2014 at 9:20 AM

Didn't George C. Scott also decline the best-actor Oscar he won for the movie "Patton"?

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Ed toddpugz March 01 2014 at 9:38 AM

You are correct.

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sharonboy30 March 01 2014 at 11:08 AM

I used to watch the Oscar's just to see the stars and what they were wearing, but now it has turned into a talk show for Ryan Seacrest, Guiliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, no one cares about you. Stay off camera and just show the stars on the red carpet!

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