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Oscar Trivia

It's is time for Academy Awards and time to go down the memory lane and rediscover what 'Oscars' is all about.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2004 13:09 IST

Come February the world gears up for the most celebrated awards night in the world - the Academy Awards - otherwise called Oscars. While people debate over the fate of their favourite directors, actors and actresses, the trivia it generates has, over the years, found a faithful following. Here's some which you could savour.

* James Cameron directed Titanic alongwith classic Ben Hur have been nominated for a maximum of 11 categories!

* It's surprise you that two movies "The Turning Point" (1977) and "The Color Purple" (1985) enjoy the dubious distinction of receiving 11 nominations without winning a single Academy Award.

*13-year old Keisha Castle-Hughes from New Zealand becomes the youngest nominee for the 'Best Actress' category for her film 'Whale Rider'.

*Italian film 'Life is Beautiful' remains the most nominated foriegn language film with seven nominations including the Best Foreign Language Picture leaving 'Das Boot' and 'Fanny & Alexander' which had six each.

*Among the recent crop of actresses, Meryl Streep, is the only actress to have been nominated maximum number of times for the 'Best Actress' category. She has been nominated 11 times. However, legendary Katherine Hepburn heads the count with 12!

*The most feted directors have been John Ford who won four awards (1935, 1940, 1941, 1952), Frank Capra with three awards (1934, 1936, 1938) and William Wyler bagging three awards (1942, 1946, 1959) respecitvely.

*The first film in colour to win the 'Best Picture' is 'Gone With the Wind' in 1939.

*The only sequel to win Best Picture was 'The Godfather Part II' in 1974.

*Only seven films have won both the 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actress' awards. These are 'It Happened One Night' (1934), 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), 'Network' (1976), 'Coming Home' (1978), 'On Golden Pond' (1981), 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991) and
'As Good as It Gets' (1997).

*Did you know Maggie Smith is the only person to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar loser in the film 'California Suite' in 1978!

*Only two women directors have won Oscars. They are Lina Wertmuller for 'Seven Beauties' in 1976 and Jane Campion for the 'The Piano' in 1993.

*Orsen Welles was the first person to be nominated as producer, director, actor and screenwriter in a single year. This was for the movie Citizen Kane in 1941.

*Henry Fonda is the oldest actor to win an Oscar for his film 'On Golden Pond' at the age of 76 in 1981.

*'A Streetcar Named Desire' in 1951 and 'Network' in 1976 are the only films to win three Oscars in acting.

*The three westerns have won Best Picture are 'Cimarron' (1931), 'Dances With Wolves' (1990), 'Unforgiven' (1992).

First Published: Feb 25, 2004 13:09 IST