Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today is...the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony

Today is the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. What film do you think deserves to win best picture this year?

To celebrate, here are some Academy Award firsts/records:

First non-Caucasian to win a directing award - Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain in 2005
First woman to win Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2008
First animated film to be nominated for Best Picture - Beauty and the Beast in 1991
First X-rated film to win (and to be nominated) for Best Picture - Midnight Cowboy in 1969

Youngest winner for acting - Tatum O'Neal, age 10 for Paper Moon in 1973
Youngest winner for Best Director - Norman Taurog, age 32 for Skippy in 1931
Oldest winner for Best Director - Clint Eastwood, age 74 for Million Dollar Baby in 2004
Oldest winner for an acting award - Christopher Plummer, age 82 for Beginners in 2011

Most Oscars won without winning Best Picture - Cabaret with 8 in 1972
Most nominations without a Best Picture nomination - They Shoot Horses, Don't They with 9 in 1969
Most nominations without any wins - The Turning Point in 1977 and The Color Purple in 1985, both with 11
Highest "perfect score" - Mark Berger, nominated and won 4 Oscars for sound editing
Lowest grossing film to win Best Picture - The Hurt Locker
Longest film to win Best Picture - Gone with the Wind

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