The Oscars 2020 left everyone surprised. Mainly for the film Parasites, which became the best film and the one that won the award. However, before this happened, there were some curiosities and anecdotes that we remember to this day. These went beyond pretty dresses and teasing. If you are interested in knowing these secrets of the Oscars, continue reading and find out everything that you have not been told.
No surprises at the first gala
The beginning of the Oscars was parallel to the crash of 29. At that time it was decided to award cinematographic excellence within Hollywood. At first, the awardees came to the venue knowing they were winners. The results had been published in advance, so there was no surprise to anyone. However, this changed from the next gala. The following year, they decided that the names would be revealed after the gala begins. However, a list was previously released to the press.
On the other hand, everything seemed to be going well until the Los Angeles Times broke this rule in 1940. They published the results before the ceremony and there were some setbacks for this reason. Due to this, it was decided to implement a closed envelope system, which is the one used to date.
Characters to remember at the Oscars
The honorary Oscar was included from the beginning. This was designed so that some deserved awards are not left out of the gala due to lack of voting. Additionally, the first two Oscars in this category went to Warner Bros and Charles Chaplin.
Whose prizes are they?
In case you didn’t know, the Oscars are a usufruct. Although they are given to the awardees, they belong to their families as well. However, they are not in possession of selling it for any specific reason. On the other hand, if they want to get rid of it, they must offer it to the Academy, but only for the value of one dollar.
Who is the man of the statuette?
The figures are part of a design by Cedric Gibbons, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Artistic Director. These were recreated by George Stanley who chose Emilio Fernández as his model.
The Oscars and the figures in World War II
While the war lasted, metals were used for efforts during the war. For this reason, between 1942 and 1945 the awards were made with plaster. However, when all the conflicts were over, the awards were returned to the Academy. After this, the real Oscars were awarded to the winners.
No award is equal to another
Although the Oscars are made in the same mold, they are all unique and are part of a limited series. More than 3,000 units have been manufactured since 1929 and each of them is numbered.
Exceptions to the Oscars
The design of this award has not changed over time. However, in 1939 when the Oscar was presented to Walt Disney, the academy added seven miniature figures. This was done as a nod to the award-winning film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. On the other hand, we also have the case of Edgar Bergen. He was awarded for the creation of the Charlie McCarthy doll. Therefore, the academy decided to award him an Oscar in a jointed-mouth manner.
The call to Trueba
Fernando Trueba won an Oscar in 1992 thanks to Belle Epoque. This character during his speech clarified that he did not believe in God, but in Billy Wilder. However, the next day a somewhat funny event occurred. Wilder called Trueba and said: Fernando, I am God.
Meryl Streep at the Oscars
Meryl Streep received an award for her performance in Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979. The funny thing is, Meryl left it forgotten in the theater bathroom and her award stayed there for a few hours. Then someone realized this and returned the award to the actress.
Why are they called the Oscars?
At first, these awards had no name. People only referred to these as the Academy statuette. The academy’s librarian, Margaret Herrick, once mentioned aloud that she reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. After this, the name little by little began to gain popularity. However, it was established when journalist Sidney Skolsky used the name to refer to this award. At this time he was referring to the Oscar that Katherine Hepburn had won for Morning Glory.
Other important facts about the Oscars
Luise Rainer will be remembered for a lifetime. She became a legend for being the first woman to win an Oscar for best actress. In addition, The Great Ziegfeld and The Good Land of 1937 were the productions that earned her this award.
Total security at the Oscars
During the 1963 gala, singer Frank Sinatra was one of the special guests. However, there was a moment where he was absent. Then, when he wanted to re-enter, a guard flatly blocked his way. According to some clarifications, the guard had not recognized who he was. In addition, he indicated to Sinatra that he did not care who it was, that he would not let anyone in any way.
The spontaneous Robert Opel
In 1974, David Niven was part of those in charge of presenting the Oscars. In general, everything was going according to plan, but suddenly something unusual happened. Unexpectedly, the stage was invaded by a completely naked man. We are talking about the journalist and photographer Robert Opel. According to him, he wanted to demonstrate in this way the rights of homosexuals. For this reason, he decided to run naked on stage while making the peace symbol with his right hand.
During this event, Niven did not avoid laughing and also added: “It is fascinating to think that, probably, the only laugh that this man has started in his life has been showing his little things.”
The most nominated at the Oscars
Walt Disney is currently the person who has received the most recognitions. It maintains a record of 26 Oscars and more than 60 nominations in total. On the other hand, another person who has had several nominations is John Williams with 49 nominations.