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10 Odd And Interesting Oscar Facts To Get You Ready For The Academy Awards

January 10th, 2013 3:07pm EST

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Today the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards were announced, and for the second time in its lengthy history the host of the telecast also took part in the nomination show. However, that little tidbit is no where near the oddest or most interesting fact from the Oscars' storied history.
- Tom Hank's acceptance speech for his role in Philadelphia became the basis of the film In & Out. He thanked his high school drama coach and outed him on national television as a gay man.

- Oscar winners sign a contract stipulating they cannot sell their Oscar without first offering it to the Academy for the princely sum of $1.


- One of the requirements to be nominated for an Oscar is that it has to be screened in an LA theater for at least 7 days. This was actually enforced when Charlie Chaplin's Limelight failed to be screened in LA when it came out in 1952. In 1973 the film was finally shown in the city, and it WON an Oscar for Best Original Score.

- Woody Allen refuses to attend or present at the Oscars, despite winning three awards. His one appearance was in 2002 when he presented a short about New York City following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

- 3 people turned down their Oscars: George C. Scott, who called the awards show a "meat parade" (1971); Marlon Brando, in protest of stereotypical depictions of Native Americans in film (1972); and Dudley Nichols, who was on strike with the rest of the Writer's Guild in 1935.



- Maggie Smith won an Oscar for portraying an actress who lost an Oscar in California Suite, making it the only film revolving around the Oscars to win one. The only film to show an Oscar in a scene while also winning Best Picture is The Godfather.



- The Last Emperor is the only film made outside the United States to win Best Picture. Ironically, it was not up for best Foreign Language Film, as it was produced in English.


- John C. Reilly is the only modern actor to star in three films in the same year that were later nominated for Best Picture: Chicago, The Hours, and Gangs of New York in 2002.

- Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden share the record for shortest acceptance speech, with "Thank you."

- Sealed envelopes became customary in 1941, a year after the LA Times broke the press embargo and printed the names of all of the winners before the ceremony.

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