Why are the Academy Awards called the Oscars?
What are the Academy Awards?
When was the first ceremony held?
The Oscar statuette
When do Oscar nominations get announced?
How does Oscar voting work?
There are about 6000 members - and each individual is a part of a branch.
The Academy believes not all films are equal. Your movie needs to be registered in the Official Screen Credits in early December and they determine if your movie is adequate.
This part is rather easy. All branches vote in their category and are asked to give their top five choices in order of preference.
This is exceptionally tedious, with People explaining it's about finding the "magic number":
If a prospective nominee hits the magic number, including one first choice nominations, then they're in the ballot.
Basically, you can never count enough.
Two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers count the entire Academy votes for each category.
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The Godfather: Part II is the only sequel to ever win the Best Picture category, back in 1975. Robert de Niro also bagged a Best Supporting Actor gong for his role!
It's a popular phrase no doubt, but it was kicked out from 1989 at the 61st Academy Awards. Taking its place is, "And the Oscar goes to …" Apparently it was changed so that it the vibe reflected the attitude that it isn't about winning, and there aren't any losers.
Walt Disney has won the most Oscars than any other person: 22 for his films and four honorary awards
Katharine Hepburn has the most awards than any other actor/actress: four
Meryl Streep has been nominated the most out of any actor/actress: 17 nominations, three wins.
In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-Rated film to take home the Best Picture accolade.
A true story! In 1974, Robert Opel flashed himself and the peace sign as he ran across the stage naked.