The Academy Awards are a chance to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the celebrities on the red carpet. But did you know they're also a source of some fascinating statistics? Here are 10 fun figures about the 2018 Oscars, which will take place on this Sunday (March 4).
The 2018 Oscars will be the 90th Academy Awards. The 1st Academy Awards were presented in 1929 in a ceremony that lasted only... 15 minutes.
French film director Agnès Varda, aged 89, will receive an Academy Honorary Award this year, becoming the oldest person to ever take home an Oscar statuette. Varda is a mere eight days older than James Ivory, whose script for Call Me by Your Name is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Legendary composer John Williams can boast an astonishing 51 Academy Award nominations. He received his first nomination in 1967 for the score of Valley of the Dolls. Williams has taken home five Oscars in total, second only to Walt Disney, who received 59 nominations and won 22 times.
Meryl Streep has been nominated for 21 Academy Awards, in the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. She got her first Oscar nod in 1979 for The Deer Hunter. Meryl Streep competes again this year for her role as Katharine Graham in The Post. She has won three Academy Awards.
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The Shape of Water by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards. It leads the pack in total nominations, ahead of Dunkirk, with eight, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with seven.
Six new rules have been adopted to prevent a repetition of last year's envelope fiasco. In case you missed it, Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as Best Picture winner, but it quickly emerged that the wrong envelope had been opened. The Oscar ultimately went to the team from Moonlight. We can bet you one billion dollars that the gaffe will feature prominently in this year's jokes.
This is only the fifth time that a woman has been nominated for Best Director, namely Greta Gerwig for her film Lady Bird. It is also the fifth time that an African-American director is competing in this category, with Jordan Peele nominated for his debut film, Get Out.
Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars for the second consecutive year. He's far from record-holder in this category. That honour goes to Bob Hope, who hosted 19 times between 1937 and 1977.
For the first time, the nominees for Best Cinematography include a woman, Rachel Morrison, for Mudbound. It's also the first time a woman has been nominated in two separate categories for the same film: Mary J. Blige, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song in Mudbound.
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