10 things you may not know about the Oscars

10 Things You Didn't 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