Seeing Stars: Hollywood Award Ceremonies

The youngest person to ever receive an Oscar was 5-year-old Shirley Temple - in 1934.
(However, Shirley's Oscar was an honorary one.)

The youngest actress to win a standard Oscar was Tatum O'Neal, who was 10 years old when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Paper Moon" in 1974.

Anthony Hopkins became the oldest person to win an Oscar, when he won for Best Actor in 2021 for his performance in "The Father", at age 83.

He nudged out Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he won Best Supporting Actor in 2012.

( Previously, the oldest actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor had been Henry Fonda, for "On Golden Pond" in 1982. He was 76. )

The oldest man to ever be nominated for an Oscar is composer/conductor John Williams, who was 91 years old when he was nominated for his score of the Steven Spielberg film "The Fabelmans".

The oldest woman to be nominated for an Oscar was Gloria Stewart, who was 87 when she was nominated for her role as "Old Rose" in 1997's "Titanic".

The oldest actress to win the Best Actress Oscar was Jessica Tandy, who was 80 years old when she won for 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy".

Christopher Plummer

The three movies that won the most Oscars were "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003), "Titanic" (1997) and "Ben-Hur" (1959).

Each of those movies won 11 statuettes.

(Second place is held by "West Side Story," which won ten Oscars.)

Three movies have tied for the most Oscar nominations: "Titanic", 1951's "All About Eve", and 2017's "La La Land".

All three films received 14 nominations ("All About Eve" won six Oscars).

The actress with the most Academy Awards for "Best Actress" is Katharine Hepburn, who won four of the golden statuettes (in 1932, 1967, 1968 & 1981.)

The title for the most "Best Actor" awards is held by Daniel Day-Lewis, who won three Oscars for "Best Actor", for "Lincoln", "There Will Be Blood" and "My Left Foot".

Meryl StreepMeryl Streep holds the record for the most total Oscar nominations for acting, with 20 nominations (and three wins: two for Best Actress, and one for Best Supporting Actress).

The male actor with the most Oscar nominations is Jack Nicholson, who was nominated 12 times (winning three times: twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor.)

The individual who was awarded the most total Oscars was none other than Walt Disney, who walked away with 26 Academy Awards over his lifetime (22 regular Oscars and four honorary ones.)

He had 64 total Oscar nominations.

The director with the most Oscar wins was John Ford, who won for
"The Grapes of Wrath",  "How Green Was My Valley", "The Quiet Man" and "The Informer".

And speaking of John Ford, the tallest actor ever to win an Oscar was Ford's favorite,
John Wayne. The Duke stood 6' 4"
. (He won his Oscar for 1969's "True Grit".)

The youngest director to ever win an Oscar for Best Director was Damien Chazelle,
 the 32-year-old director of the hit 2016 musical, La La Land.

The longest acceptance speech ever given at an Academy Awards ceremony was given by Greer Garson, when she accepted her award for Best Actress in 1942's "Mrs. Miniver." It's uncertain exactly how long she spoke - most sources agree it was somewhere between 5 1/2 and 7 minutes.

The Oscar statuette weighs 6 3/4 pounds, and stands 13 1/2 inches high.  It was named by Margaret Herrick, the Academy librarian, who remarked in 1931 (upon seeing the statuettes), "Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!"

(Her uncle's full name, for the record, was Oscar Pierce.

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