One of the most anticipated events in the world of cinema, the 90th Academy Awards, will take place on March 4, 2018. The presentation of stars on the Oscars red carpet will begin at 18:30, and the awards ceremony itself will take place at 20:00.
Awards will be presented in 24 categories. The anniversary award ceremony will be shown in more than 225 countries around the world. The ceremony will be hosted by actor and comedian Jimmy Kimmel for the second year in a row.
Ben Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) received the most awards ever. Each of these films earned 11 statuettes.
Adrien Brody is considered the youngest Oscar winner. At 29, he won the Best Actor award for The Pianist.
The youngest recipient of the award is Shirley Temple. At the age of 6, film academics presented her with a special “Youth Award”.
Justin Henry became the youngest nominee. He was 8 years old when he starred in the movie Kramer vs. Kramer. The award then went to Melvyn Douglas for the film “Be There.”
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio waited the longest for his award – as much as 22 years. He was first nominated in 1994 for The Rising Gilbert Grape, but he received the long-awaited award only in 2016 for The Legend of Hugh Glass.
Actress Gloria Stewart received her first and only nomination at age 87. Then the actress fought for the title of best supporting actress: in the film “Titanic” she played Rose in old age.
Christopher Plummer received his first statuette only at the age of 82. The actor won in the category “Best Supporting Actor” for the film “Beginners.”
The leader in the number of nominations is animator Walt Disney. He has been nominated 63 times. In total, he received 26 statuettes, and he received his first Oscar for the cartoon about Mickey Mouse in 1932.
The Big Five film awards (in the categories for best film, director, screenplay, leading male and leading female role) were won by only three films: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Silence lambs” (1991).
The shortest title of an Oscar-nominated film is the 1970 French-Algerian film Z.
The longest title of a film that was nominated for an American Film Award is “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes.”
The film with the lowest budget to win the main statuette was last year’s winner, Moonlight. The film was shot in 25 days on a budget of $1.5 million.
One of the discussed embarrassments at the awards ceremony is also connected with this picture. During the ceremony, actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the best film from the stage. But then it turned out that there was a mistake – they received an envelope with the wrong name of the winning film.
The film “Babe Pig” became an Oscar favorite in 1997. He was nominated in the Best Film and Best Director categories. We don’t know how to explain such attention of academics to the “frivolous” picture. However, the academics were touched, inspired and, as a result, actively nominated “Babe” – despite the fact that his competitors that year were “The Usual Suspects”, “Seven”, “Apollo 13”, “Braveheart”.
In May 1929, the awards ceremony almost turned into a disaster. Among the nominees for best actor was a dog. More precisely, a whole pack of shepherd dogs who played the main role in the film “Rin Tin Tin”. However, just one nomination was not enough – the academicians unexpectedly gave the statuette to the dogs, recognizing them as the best actor. But they quickly came to their senses and took the award back, choosing a new winner, German actor Emil Jannings.
Having filmed the frenzied melodrama “Sandpit Generals,” director Hall Bartlett decided that he could boldly take a swing at the inner world of birds. He had the courage to take on the film adaptation of a book that, in principle, cannot be transferred to the screen. In Bartlett’s film we see birds doing what they call tea – eating, flying, screaming. And nothing more. Plus a voiceover. The film is shot rather clumsily and is far from any success. However, by a strange coincidence, he was nominated for an Oscar.
Bill & Coe is another movie with faces. It stars lovebirds. It sounds pretty nice, but strange, especially for 1948, when the tape was released. The academics seemed to appreciate this curiosity, and therefore decided to award “Bill and Coe” an honorary statuette for “artistry.”
In 2000, the film “Rejected” was nominated for “Best Animated Short Film.” The nine-minute short film, which interested the Film Academy, was a set of short sketches drawn in a deliberately primitive manner, in the style of children’s drawings.