Oscars 2018: Some of the known facts about the Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, which has become commonly known by its nickname “Oscar”. The sculpture was created by George Stanley.

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced . Oscar nominations revealed in Los Angeles by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis hosting the announcement ceremony from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

The Academy Awards announced  the full list of Oscar 2018 Presenters on February 16. The Oscar 2018 ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m. . Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live-stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Oscar.com.

Some of the known facts about the Academy Awards as follows,

Jimmy Kimmel is set to turn the host for a second consecutive year, making him the first person to host back-to-back ceremonies since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998.

The first Academy Award ceremony was held in 1929 where 15 statuettes were given. The ceremony only lasted for 15 minutes. In contrast, the longest show lasted for 4 hours 23 minutes in 2002.

The Oscar statuette is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. It has a knight holding a sword standing on top of a film reel which has five spokes. These spokes represent five branches of the Academy, actors, producers, directors, writers and technicians.

Italy has won the maximum number of Foreign Language Film awards at the Oscars. Over the years, 14 awards have been collected by Italian films.

Hosting the ceremony at the Academy Awards is a prestigious  job. While there have been many hosts over the years, the one who has hosted a record number of 18 Academy award ceremonies is Bob Hope. Billy Crystal ranks in second for hosting the ceremony 8 times.

Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only X-rated movie to win an Oscar.

First female Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow won this honour for The Hurt Locker.

In the early years, supporting actors and actresses were only given plaques instead of statuettes.