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Poll: Most Surprising Oscar Fact

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    Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, Nicole Kidman, Val Kilmer, and Chris O'Donnell in Batman Forever (1995)

    Batman Forever (1995) earned 3 Oscar nominations, while Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) only earned one nomination between them.
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    Neil Patrick Harris in The Oscars (2015)

    Nominees at The Oscars (2015) receive a gift bag worth $125,000 even if they lose.
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    Traffic (2000)

    Traffic (2000) won all of its 5 nominations, except Best Picture.
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    Sandra Bullock

    In the same year that Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for The Blind Side (2009), she also won a Razzie for All About Steve (2009).
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    Barry Fitzgerald

    Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for both Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Going My Way (1944).
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    #6

    Outside of the Lord of the Rings movies, the highest grossing Best Picture nominee from 2000 to 2008 was A Beautiful Mind (2001) with $170,742,341. But after the expansion to 10 nominees, 2009 and 2010 alone produced 6 Best Picture nominees that surpassed that total.
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    Walt Disney circa early 1960s

    Walt Disney won 26 Oscars, and received 59 nominations.
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    Liza Minnelli in Cabaret (1972)

    Cabaret (1972) won 8 Oscars, but missed out on winning Best Picture.
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    Eddie Murphy in Norbit (2007)

    Norbit (2007), Bad Grandpa (2013), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Click (2006) all received Oscar nominations in the Makeup category.
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    John Lasseter at an event for Ponyo (2008)

    John Lasseter dresses his Oscar in Barbie clothes.
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    Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

    The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) won 5 Oscars, but didn't get a Best Picture nomination.
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    Hermione Baddeley in The Secret of NIMH (1982)

    Hermione Baddeley received an Oscar nomination for Room at the Top (1959), despite being on screen for only 2 minutes and 19 seconds.
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    Lupita Nyong'o at an event for The Oscars (2014)

    Out of the 17 debut performances that won an Oscar, none were in the Best Leading Actor category.
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    #14

    Only 3 animated films have been nominated for Best Picture: Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
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    #15

    Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell has been nominated 20 times without a single win.
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    Marty (1955)

    The 148 minute difference in length between Best Picture winners Gone with the Wind (1939) and Marty (1955) is longer than 7 of 2015's Best Picture nominees.
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    Bradley Cooper in American Sniper (2014)

    American Sniper (2014) holds the record for the highest gross from a Best Picture after it's nomination, with over $300 million. The previous record was Avatar (2009) with $122,154,407.
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    Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Anthony Hopkins won the Best Leading Actor for his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) with just 16 minutes and 10 seconds of screentime, whereas Frank Finlay won the Best Supporting Actor for his role as Goulding in Othello (1965) with 1 hour, 30 minutes and 43 seconds of screentime.
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    Ellen DeGeneres at an event for The Oscars (2014)

    An advert in The Oscars (2014) 2014 cost between $1.8 million and $1.9 million.
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    Ratatouille (2007)

    Pixar won the Best Animated Feature Film four times in a row from 2008 to 2011.
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    #21

    Despite being over 75 years old, Gone with the Wind (1939) still outgrossed the combined total of the 2013 and 2014 Best Picture winners in the U.S.
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    Richard Burton in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

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    John Cazale in I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

    Every one of the 5 films that John Cazale appeared in were nominated for Best Picture.
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    #24

    Wings (1927) is the only movie to win Best Picture without any other major nominations.
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    Cate Blanchett in The Aviator (2004)

    Cate Blanchett received an Oscar for playing an Oscar winner - Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).
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    Kathryn Bigelow

    Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win the Best Director Oscar, and also the only female nominee in the category in the last 11 years.
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won every one of its 11 nominations, tying it for the most Oscar wins ever. In contrast, The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) both received 11 nominations each, but won none.
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    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) received 9 nominations, but not one for Best Picture.
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    Gwyneth Paltrow at an event for The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999)

    Gwyneth Paltrow said thank you 23 times during her winning speech for Shakespeare in Love (1998).
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    Apocalypse Now (1979)

    Sound editor Mark Berger has won all four of his nominations.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic (1997)

    Due to the fact that Titanic (1997), the highest grossing film at the time, was the winner of 11 awards, The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) was watched by a total 87.5 viewers in the U.S. alone.
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    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    All of the top 9 highest grossing films adjusted for inflation in the U.S. were nominated for Best Picture.
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    Alfred Hitchcock, 1962. Modern silver gelatin, 14x11, signed. $600 © 1978 Gabi Rona MPTV

    Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Sergio Leone, Sidney Lumet and Christopher Nolan don't have a single Best Director Oscar between them.
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    Peyton Place (1957)

    Peyton Place (1957) and Tom Jones (1963) both received 5 acting nominations, but failed to win any of them.
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) won Best Cinematography in 1936 as a write-in.

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