Uncategorized

23 Fascinating Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Academy Awards

Spread the love

The 90th Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and chances are you’ve seen every movie and know every nominee. But here are some facts about the biggest night in Hollywood you might not know.

1. The Oscars red carpet is a special, patented shade of garnet red. The shade doesn’t appear on any other official red carpet in the world.

Jason Merritt / Getty Images

2. The carpet is traditionally rolled out the Wednesday before the show, and is covered by a permanent overhead rain structure that protects it.

Workers retract the structure if the weather is nice the night of the ceremony, and keep it in place if there's rain.

Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Workers retract the structure if the weather is nice the night of the ceremony, and keep it in place if there’s rain.

3. The red carpet runs 900 feet from beginning to end, and is 33 feet wide.

Afp Contributor / AFP / Getty Images

4. When attendees arrive on the red carpet, approximately 150 publicists are waiting to meet them.

Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

5. From this palm tree forward, all guests are required to present their ticket — yes, even Meryl Streep.

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

6. Attendees and nominees who walk the red carpet are greeted by fans on the right side of the carpet, and press on the left side.

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

7. There are 735 fan bleacher seats, and attending fans are chosen through lottery, promotions, contests, and are sometimes friends and family members of attendees.

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

8. When the attendees arrive, they pose in front of a stills-only photography wall. There are only 50 photographers allowed on the carpet.

Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

9. This year, 785 press organizations requested credentials to cover the Oscars, but only 299 were accepted.

Ethan Miller / Getty Images

10. This year alone, there were 341 feature films eligible to be nominated in the Best Picture category.

A24, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Fox Searclight, Sony Pictures Classics

Last year, there were 336.

11. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast in more than 225 countries.

Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

12. In total, there will be 48 Oscar statuettes given out at this year’s ceremony.

DEAN TREML / Getty Images

13. But only 24 of those statuettes are for competitive award categories.

Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images, Kevin Winter / Getty Images

14. Each Oscar statuette is 13.5 inches tall, with a base measuring 5.25 inches in diameter, and weighs 8.5 pounds.

Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

15. The statuette design is a stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword and standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The spokes signify the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers.

Carlo Allegri / Getty Images

16. The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, has hosted the show for 17 years (including this year’s ceremony).

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

17. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, also located in Los Angeles, has hosted 25 Oscar shows, the most of any venue.

Fg / GC Images

18. Leading into the Dolby Theatre, every Best Picture winner is engraved on the wall, beginning with Wings from the very first Academy Awards in 1929.

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

19. There are blank engravings included for future winners, all the way up to the year 2071.

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

20. The carpet stops at the bottom of the Grand Staircase, the final steps leading into the Dolby Theatre, and begins again at the top.

Frank Trapper / Getty Images

21. But the staircase itself is inlaid with a tile that simulates the red carpet.

Keely Flaherty for BuzzFeed

22. Bob Hope hosted the most Oscar awards ceremonies, with 19 host appearances under his belt.

Hulton Archive / Getty Images

23. After a nominee wins, there’s a short hallway that leads to their first press conference as an Academy Award winner. This hallway is known as the Winner’s Walk, and it’s lined with framed photos of past winners.

Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

And now you know. See you guys Sunday.

ABC

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *