The first infamous golden statue was awarded on 16 May 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Since then over 2,800 Academy Awards have been handed out to Hollywood’s elite. So, of the thousands of winners and nominees, let’s take a look at the creme de la creme of the Academy Awards.
The Oscar winners of all Oscar winners…
1. Golden icon
First off, the star of the show has to be the Oscar statuette itself.
Its official name is the Academy Award of Merit. Weighing 8½lb, 13½ inches tall and coated in 24-carat gold, it really is the stuff dreams are made of!
2. First past the post!
It’s a record that can never be beaten!
Emil Jannings became the first person to be presented with an Academy Award when he was named Best Actor in 1929, for his performances in both The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.
3. Host with the most!
Late actor and comedian Bob Hope hosted The Oscars more than anyone else – a record breaking 18 times between 1939 and 1978.
Although he was never nominated for an Academy Award, he did receive five honorary ones!
4. Ultimate child star
Tatum O’Neal became the youngest person ever to win an Oscar back in 1973.
At the tender age of 10, she won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon.
She has held that record ever since.
Although special mention must go to the late, great Shirley Temple!
In 1935, and aged just 6, she was awarded an honorary juvenile Oscar after a string of box-office successes including Bright Eyes and Baby Take a Bow.
5. Like a fine wine!
At the 85th Academy Awards in 2012, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Oscar!
At the ripe old age of 82, he bagged Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for his performance in Beginners.
During his acceptance speech, he even managed to slip in a joke about his age!
Looking at his golden statue, he said, ‘You’re only two years older than me, darling, where have you been all of my life?’
6. A Titanic effort!
Gloria Stuart was 87 when she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as ‘Old Rose’ in 1997’s Titanic.
The late actress passed away aged 100 in 2010, and is still officially the oldest actor to be nominated!
7. Clash of the Titans
With a staggering 11 statuettes each, there are three films that lay claim to the accolade of biggest Oscar-winning movie ever.
They are 2003’s Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, 1997’s Titanic and 1959 epic Ben-Hur.
Titanic also shares the title of most-nominated film ever, alongside 1951’s All About Eve, with 14 Oscar nods each.
Incidentally, neither the 1981 or 2010 adaptations of Clash of the Titans received an Oscar nomination.
8. Queen of the castle
In 2017, Meryl Streep received her astonishing record-smashing 20th Oscar nomination!
She’s also notched up three wins – two for Best Actress for her roles in 2011’s Margaret Thatcher biopic, The Iron Lady, and 1982’s Sophie’s Choice, and one for Best Supporting Actress in Kramer vs Kramer in 1979.
9. Here’s Johnny!
Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor, with 12 Oscar nods under his belt.
And, like Meryl Street, he’s won three times.
Best Actor in 1997 for his role in As Good as It Gets, Best Actor for 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment in 1983.
10. Taking the Mickey!
Walt Disney walked away with a staggering 26 Academy Awards during his lifetime – the most Oscars in history.
Four were honorary Oscars – but, hey, who’s counting?!
He also had a total of 59 Oscar nominations.
Walt also holds the record for the most victories in a single year, with 4 in 1954.
11. What a beauty!
Katharine Hepburn is the most Oscar-decorated actor. Over her career, she won Best Actress 4 times, out of 12 nominations.
First for Morning Glory in 1933, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in 1968, The Lion in Winter, in 1969 and On Golden Pond in 1981.
12. Say cheese!
When host Ellen DeGeneres snapped this pic at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, it raced in to the record books for the most-ever retweets.
So far, it has been retweeted on Twitter over 3.3million times!
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