Here Are The Biggest Academy Award Milestones In Oscars History

The 88th Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 28th. After 88 years, the Oscars have seen some pretty incredible milestones. From the number of actors to get awards for their debut films, to the living figure with the most nominations, here are the biggest academy award milestones in Oscars History.

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Academy Award Facts
Oscar Statues
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The first Academy Awards was hosted in 1929, 270 people attended the event and tickets cost five dollars. Since then, things have gotten a lot more expensive. Nowadays, the Academy even makes nameplates for all of the potential winners ahead of time. Did you know that the reason why the Oscars uses sealed envelopes is because in 1940, the Los Angeles Times broke the Academy's embargo and published the names of the winners prior to the ceremony. As long as Steve Harvey isn't announcing anything, things should be gravy this year.
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The Most Frequent Oscars Host
Bob Hope, Everett, 020216
Everett
Usually, the Oscars only repeat their host a couple of times. However, from 1939 to 1977, Bob Hope hosted the Oscars a whopping 19 times, making him the most frequent host of all time. Coming in second is Billy Crystal, who only hosted the awards show 9 times. We're sure that Chris Rock's jokes will be a bit more humerous than Hope's.
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The Legend With the Most Oscars
Katharine Hepburn, State Of the, Union, MGM, Everett, 020116
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The late great Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Academy Awards won by an actor. During her life, she took home four Oscars for the films, Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond. All of these were awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
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The Most Nominated Actress Of All Time
Meryl Streep, Everett, 020116
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Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actors of our time, and with three Oscars under her belt, Streep is second only to Hepburn for the most wins for acting. However, Streep holds the record for the most nominated actor ever. She's been nominated 19 times over the course of her career. She took home Oscars for performances in Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, and most recently, The Iron Lady.
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The Most Nominated Actors Of All Time

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Stars and Bars, Columbia, Everett, 020116
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Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson actually tie for first place as the actors with the most Academy Award wins. Day-Lewis has been nominated 5 times over the course of his career, and has taken home three Best Actor awards for the films, My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, and Lincoln. Tied with him is our beloved Jack Nicholson who has been nominated a whopping 12 times. He holds the record for men with the most acting nominations. During the course of his lengthy career, the revered actor has taken home Academy Awards for his work in, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, As Good As It Gets and Terms of Endearment. If you ask us, Uncle Jack is due for another award ASAP.
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The Oldest Best Actor Nominee & Winner
Henry Fonda, Golden Pond, Universal, Richard Farnsworth, Lassie, Paramount, Everett, 020116
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Henry Fonda won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in 1981's On Golden Pond. Fonda was 76 years old when he took home the award.  Still, Richard Farnsworth still holds the nomination for the oldest actor ever nominated for a Best Actor award. Farnsworth was nominated at 79 years old for his work in 1999's The Straight Story. However, none of these actors hold the record for being the oldest actor to ever be nominated for an acting award in general. That honor goes to Christopher Plummer who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82 for his role in 2011's Beginnings.
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The Oldest Best Actress Nominee & Winner
Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy, Warner Bros, Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, Everett, 020116
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Jessica Tandy won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in 1989's Driving Miss Daisy. Tandy was 80 years old at the time. However, back in 2013 at 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva became the oldest actress to ever be nominated for Best Leading Actress. She was nominated for her role in Amour. Still, Gloria Stuart holds the record of oldest actress to ever be nominated for acting, for her role as old Rose in Titanic  She was 87 years old at the time.
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The Youngest Best Actor Nominee & Winner

Jackie Cooper, Skippy, Adrien Brody, The Pianist, Focus Features, Everett, 020116
Focus Features/Everett
We didn't forget about the youngins! Back in 1931, at the ripe old age of 9, Jackie Copper was nominated for a Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Skippy. 72 years later, Adrien Brody became the youngest actor to actually take home the award. He won for his work in The Pianist. Still, the youngest actor to ever be nominated for an acting award was Justin Henry, who at 8 years old was nominated for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer.


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The Youngest Best Actress Nominee & Winner

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fox Searchlight, Marlee Martin, Children of a Lesser God, Paramount, Everett, 020116
Fox Searchlight/Paramount/Everett
At 21 years old, Marlee Matlin took home the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress for her stunning role in 1986's Children of A Lesser God. She is also the only deaf performer to ever win the award. Jennifer Lawrence comes in second, she was 22 when she took home the award for Silver Linings Playbook. Though she did not take home the award for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis was only 9 years old back in 2013 when she was nominated. Still, the winner for the youngest perfomer in any category was Tatum O'Neal who took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in Paper Moon. O'Neal was only 10 at the time and has held that record for the past 41 years.


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The Youngest Person Ever & First Black Person to be Nominated For Best Director
John Singleton, Boyz N The Hood, Columbia, Everett, 020116
Columbia/Everett
At 24 years old, John Singleton became the first African-American and youngest person to ever be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. Singleton was nominated for his critically acclaimed coming of age film, Boyz N The Hood. Since then, Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen have been the only other Black Directors nominated, for their films Precious and 12 Years a Slave respectively. The youngest person to snag the Best Director award was Norman Taurog who was 32 years old when he won for his 1931 film Skippy. Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood is the oldest director to snag the award. He was 74 years old in 2005 when he scoped up the award for Million Dollar Baby.
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Best Director Winners of Color
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain, Focus Features, Everett, 020116
Focus Features/Everett
In 2005, Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, became the first person of color to win an Academy Award for Best Director. Lee took home the award for his stunning film Brokeback Mountain. Since then, Mexican film directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu have also taken home the award for their films Gravity and Birdman respectively.
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Women For Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Splash News, 020116
Splash News
In the Academy Awards' 88-year history, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director. These filmmakers are Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano,  Sofia Coppola in 2003 for Lost In Translation and finally in 2009 Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. Bigelow crushed the status quo when she was the first and only woman to take home the award.
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The Most Nominated Person Ever In Oscar's History
John Williams, Everett, 020216
Everett
Composer John Williams is the most nominated person in Oscars history. He has earned an insane 49 Oscar nominations throughout his career. His first nomination was for 1967's Valley of the Dolls. He is nominated this year for Best Original Score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Ties At the Oscars
We're just as shocked as you, but there have indeed been ties at the Academy Awards. This happens when two people or two projects get the exact same number of votes. There have only been 6 ties in the history of the Academy, and most of them have been in smaller technical categories. However, in 1969 Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand both were awarded the Oscar for Best Leading Actress. In 2011, Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall both snagged the award for Best Sound Editing
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The Most Nominated Films of All Time
All About Eve, 20th Century Fox, Titanic, Paramount, 020216
Paramount/20th Cenury Fox
1950's All About Eve and 1997's Titanic are tied for the most nominations received by a single film. Both fims recieved 14 nominates. Titanic took home 11 awards and All About Eve took home 6.
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The Big Five Winners
It Happened One Night, Columbia, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, United Artists, The Silence of the Lambs, Orion Pictures, 020216
Columbia/United Artists/Orion
Being nominated for and subsequently winning the top five categories at the Academy Awards is like hitting the jackpot. These awards are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted.) And yet, there have been three films in Oscars history to have done so thus far. These three films are 1934's It Happened One Night, 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and 1991's The Silence of the Lambs.
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Disney Slaying the Game
Beauty and the Beast, Disney, 020116
Disney
Walt Disney and his company were awarded 22 Oscars during his lifetime. He also won the most Oscars in one year, with four in 1954. The Walt Disney company has continued to slay in the game. In 1991, Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.
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The Biggest Sweep In Oscars History
Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, New Line Cinema, Everett, 020116
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2003 was a landmark year for J.R.R. Tolkien fans and fantasy lovers across the globe. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was not only the first fantasy film to win Best Picture, it also won every single category that it was nominated for. Those awards included Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing, Art Direction, Makeup, Costume Design, Film Editing, and Visual Effects, for a total of 11 nominations. Only 1959's Ben-Hur and Titanic have ever won that many awards.

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Black People at the Academy Awards
Hattie McDaniel, Fay Bainter, Everett, 020116
Everett
With the upsetting lack of diversity at the Academy Awards over the past several years, it's important to take a look back at the history of Black people and the Oscars. The first Black person to win an Academy Award was Hattie McDaniel who won Best Supporting Actress for Gone With the Wind in 1939. Halle Berry was the first Black Woman to win for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The first Black man to win an Oscar was Sidney Poitier. He won Best Actor for Lilies of the Field in 1963. In 2002, the same year Berry won, Denzel Washington also won a Best Actor Award for his role in Training Day. It was the first and only year in which two black performers won for acting. In 2009, Geoffrey S. Fletcher won Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire and in 2013, Steve McQueen won for producing 12 Years a Slave.
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Academy Awards For Debut Performances.
Lupita Nyong'o, Splash News, 020116
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There have been 18 actors who have won an Academy Award for their debut performance. Some of the most famous were Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins and
Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl. The most recent was Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave.

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The Shortest & Longest Oscars Speeches
The shortest Oscar speech was given by Patty Duke at the 35th Academy Awards in 1962. Duke won for Best Supporting Actress for the film The Miracle Worker. At 16-years old, Duke was the youngest person at that time to receive an Academy Award. Her acceptance speech was simply two words,"Thank you". In contrast, the longest Oscar speech was that given by Greer Garson at the 15th Academy Awards in 1942. Garson won the Best Actress award for her performance Mrs. Miniver. Her speech ran for nearly six minutes. It was because of this lengthy speech that the Academy a set forty-five seconds time-limit on speeches.

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