Thank you for everyone who joined us for The Incredible Mr. Limpet movie screening! The quiz answers are below!
1. The Oscar statuette weighs 6-3/4 pounds.
2. The Oscar stands 13-1/2 inches high.
3. The Oscar was named by Margaret Herrick, the Academy librarian, who remarked in 1931 (upon seeing the statuettes), “Why, it looks like my Uncle Oscar!”
4. The only silent film to win Best Picture was Wings in 1927. (The Artist won in 2011, but the use of sound effects, soundtrack, and brief dialogue at the end keep it out of the silent film category.)
5. The longest acceptance speech ever given at an Oscar ceremony was given by Greer Garson. Her speech lasted for about 5 minutes and 30 seconds when she accepted her award for Best Actress in 1942’s Mrs. Miniver. So you can thank her for those frustratingly rude interruptions. Way to spoil it for everyone, Greer!
6. The only sequels to win Best Picture are The Godfather Part II in 1974 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.
7. The 5 actors ever to win consecutive Oscars are:
a. Luise Rainer, 1936 and 1937
b. Spencer Tracy, 1937 and 1938
c. Katharine Hepburn, 1967 and 1968
d. Jason Robards, 1976 and 1977
e. Tom Hanks, 1993 and 1994
8. The only Oscar winner with Oscar winning parents is Liza Minnelli. (Her mother Judy Garland received an Honorary miniature Oscar in 1939; father Vincente Minnelli won Best Director in 1958; Liza Minnelli won Best Actress in 1972.)
9. The Foreign Language Film with the most nominations (10) and wins (4) to date is Ang Lee’s, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
10. The year 2004 marked the first time 5 African-American performers were nominated for acting awards. They were:
a. Jamie Foxx (Best Actor: Ray & Best Supporting Actor: Collateral)
b. Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor: Million Dollar Baby)
c. Don Cheadle (Best Actor: Hotel Rwanda) and,
d. Sophie Okonedo (Best Supporting Actress: Hotel Rwanda). (The previous record was 3 in a single year which occurred in both 2001 and 1972.)
11. Meryl Streep holds the record for most Best Female Actor Oscar nominations with 18. (And the most wins for a woman in this category with 10.)
12. Jack Nicholson holds the record for most Best Male Actor Oscar nominations with 12. (And the most wins for a man in this category with 3.)
13. In 2014 Frozen composer, Bobby Lopez won an an EGOT!! The song, “Let it Go” won, and he became the 12th person in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony.(He is also the youngest EGOT’er at just a wee 39 years-old!)