13 little-known facts about the Oscars

CREATED Feb. 22, 2013

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  • The red carpet at the Oscars is about 500 feet long and 33 feet wide, costing an estimated $25,000. (Photo Courtesy: Kristyn Burtt)

  • Each Oscar statuette is worth about $900 this year, based on the current price of gold.

  • The Oscar statuette was designed by original Academy member Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by artist George Stanley. (Photo Courtesy: Mashable.com)

  • This year's Oscars host Seth MacFarlane will be paid more than $15,000 for the event. (Photo Courtesy: Washington Post)

  • Gift bags distributed to nominees who lose at this year's Oscars are valued at more than $45,000. (Photo Courtesy: Julie Ellyn Designs)

  • The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. (Photo Courtesy: Tumblr)

  • The Oscar statuettes are manufactured in Chicago by R.S. Owens and Company.

  • Sterling Vineyards is providing 540 bottles of wine for the Oscars, which took 1.8 million grapes to create.

  • About 5,800 movie industry professionals decide the winners of the Oscars.

  • The first televised Oscars ceremony was held in 1953. Bob Hope was the host.

  • In 1939, "Gone with the Wind" was the first color film to ever win the Best Picture trophy.

  • "Shrek" won the first Animated Feature Film award in 2001.

  • Just three movies have won 11 Oscars in one night: "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" in 2003, "Titanic" in 1997 and "Ben Hur" in 1959.

The red carpet at the Oscars is about 500 feet long and 33 feet wide, costing an estimated $25,000.

Each Oscar statuette is worth about $900 this year, based on the current price of gold.

The Oscar statuette was designed by original Academy member Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by artist George Stanley.

This year's Oscars host Seth MacFarlane will be paid more than $15,000 for the event.

Gift bags distributed to nominees who lose at this year's Oscars are valued at more than $45,000.

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The Oscar statuettes are manufactured in Chicago by R.S. Owens and Company.

Sterling Vineyards is providing 540 bottles of wine for the Oscars, which took 1.8 million grapes to create.

About 5,800 movie industry professionals decide the winners of the Oscars.

The first televised Oscars ceremony was held in 1953. Bob Hope was the host.

In 1939, "Gone with the Wind" was the first color film to ever win the Best Picture trophy.

"Shrek" won the first Animated Feature Film award in 2001.

Just three movies have won 11 Oscars in one night: "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" in 2003, "Titanic" in 1997 and "Ben Hur" in 1959.

 

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter: Oscarnomics: What It Costs to Create the Academy Awards Extravaganza

SOURCE: Reuters: Factbox: Key historical facts about the Academy Awards

SOURCE: The Guardian: Oscars 2013: facts, figures and food

SOURCE: Mashable: Everything You Need to Know About the Oscar Statuette