1. An X-rated winner
|LEFT: British poster for Midnight Cowboy. RIGHT: John Hellman holding the Best Picture Oscar statuette at the 42nd Academy Awards ceremony.|
2. Posthumous nominations
3. Reluctant winners
Perhaps the most notable of these reluctant winners is Marlon Brando, who refused the Oscar for Best Actor for his iconic role in The Godfather (1972). Apparently, he turned down the statuette as a protest against the discrimination faced by Native Americans in Hollywood films. He sent Marie Cruz (known as Sacheen Littlefeather), an actress and activist for Native American rights, to decline the award in his place and deliver a speech raising awareness to the cause.
|LEFT: Dudley Nichols. MIDDLE: George C. Scott as General George S. Patton in Patton. RIGHT: Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in The Godfather.|
4. Youngest and oldest winners
5. Keeping it in the family
|LEFT: Judy Garland and Mickey at the 12th Academy Awards. MIDDLE: Vincente Minnelli holding his Oscar with present Millie Perkins. RIGHT: Liza Minnelli with her Oscar. |
6. Power to the women
7. A winner for playing a winner
8. The most nominated performer
9. Sisters for the win
Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland are the only siblings to have won lead acting awards, as well as the only pair of sisters to have Oscars. Fontaine won first, for Suspicion (1941), and de Havilland won a few years later for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949).
10. Posthumous winners
|LEFT: Peter Finch in Network. RIGHT: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.|
11. Two winners, one role
12. The Big Five
13. Consecutive nominations
14. Life (almost) imitates art
15. A female winner for playing a man
Linda Hunt is the only actress to have received an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a male dwarf photographer in The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982), at the 56th Academy Awards ceremony held on April 9, 1984.
16. The most successful films
|Posters for Ben-Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.|
17. The first African-American winner
Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award, when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her iconic role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). Because she was black, she and her escort were required to sit at a segregated table for two at the far wall of the Coconut Grove Restaurant of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where the 12th Oscar ceremony took place on February 19, 1940.
19. Wins in a foreign language
Sophia Loren was the first actress to win an Oscar for a non-English-speaking role. She received the statuette for Best Actress for Vittorio De Sica's Two Women (1961), performing in Italian. In turn, Robert De Niro was the first actor to win for performing in a language other than English. He was named Best Supporting Actor for playing young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), in which he spoke several Sicilian dialects (although he did deliver a few lines in English).
19. All hail Queen Katharine
20. British film invasion
Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948) was the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, receiving the coveted statuette at the 21st Oscar ceremony on March 24, 1949.
|LEFT: Laurence Olivier in Hamlet. RIGHT: Jane Wyman with Laurence Olivier, after he received his Oscars (Best Actor and Best Picture) in London. |