Living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment industry, awards season is always a lot of fun. And it officially ends this weekend with the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th.
25 Pieces of Trivia about the Academy Awards
Everyone will be buzzing about the nominees and who they think will win. Your office pool may see some people incredibly happy or others disappointed that their favorite won or lost.
But the important thing is to have a great time at your party.
Diversity in Hollywood at the 89th Academy Awards
The 89th Academy Awards is the first year in which black actors have nominations in every acting category:
- Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Actor, Fences
- Mahershala Ali, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Moonlight
- Ruth Negga, Nominee, Best Actress, Loving
- Viola Davis, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress, Fences
- Naomie Harris, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress, Moonlight
- Octavia Spencer, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress, Hidden Figures
This is the third Oscar nomination for Viola Davis and is a record for a black actress.
The Academy added 683 new members in 2016 and is the most diverse class ever. Forty-six percent of the class are women, and forty-one percent of the class are people of color.
None of this year’s nominees for acting awards received nominations in 2016.
Studios with the most nominations at the 89th Academy Awards
The studios with the most nominations are:
- Lionsgate with 26 nominations
- Paramount with 18 nominations
- A24 with 10 nominations
- Disney with 8 nominations
- Amazon with 7 nominations.
General Trivia about the 89th Academy Awards
La La Land tied with All About Eve and Titanic for the most Oscar nominations ever.
Recently, the Academy began nominating up to 10 pictures for the Best Picture award. This is the first year since 2014 that there have been 9 films in competition.
Vegas bookies have it a -700 odds that La La Land will win Best Picture.
Amazon is the first streaming company to claim a Best Picture Nomination for Manchester by the Sea.
The longest movies in competition for Best Picture this year are Fences and Hacksaw Ridge. Both of them clock in at 139 minutes. The longest film to win Best Picture: Gone with the Wind clocking in at 238 minutes.
La La Land is only the third original musical to be nominated for Best Picture. Previous original musical nominees were All That Jazz in 1979 and Anchors Aweigh in 1945.
This is the first time comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars.
This is the 83rd time PricewaterhouseCoopers has tallied the votes.
Kevin O’Connell, the Susan Lucci of sound mixing, has been nominated for his 21st Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge. He holds the record for the most Oscar nominations without having won a single time. Will he break the streak?
Economic Trivia for the 89th Academy Awards
The Oscars will be broadcast in 225 countries and territories.
A 30 second commercial aired during the Oscar’s telecast costs $2.1 Million US. That’s 58% less than the cost of an ad in the Super Bowl.
A one page ad in the Hollywood Reporter during Oscar Season costs $72K US.
In 2016, The Academy Awards were the least viewed Oscars since 2008 with only 34.4 million viewers.
This year’s ceremony cost $42.8 Million US to produce. The red carpet alone costs $30K US. But it’s really long, covering 16,500 square feet.
The gold-plated Oscar statuette has an estimated value of $696.00.
The cost to dress an A-list actress attending the Oscars is about $10 Million US. The average attendee’s look for the evening costs about $1.5 Million US. And if you’re a first time attendee, your look may run around $266K.
Over $100 Million is spent on awards season campaigns each year. $300K of that is spent on shipping watermarked screeners to members of the Academy, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe voters.
Jimmy Kimmel will earn $15,000 to host the show.
The Academy Awards are a great boost to local tourism as well. The greater Los Angeles area sees an annual economic boost of about $130M US from the Oscars.
And of course, there’s the parties. For a couple to attend the most expensive Oscar party, they will pay $119,800 to attend Vanity Fair’s party.
Fun Facts courtesy of Wallet Hub
Thank you to Wallet Hub for providing their 2017 Fun Facts Report. You can find more fun facts there along with a great Q & A series with industry experts published on their report.
You can find more fun Oscar facts on this mother of all infographics, also courtesy of Wallet Hub.