The Oscars may be the most prestigious of film awards, but that doesn’t mean they always get it right. Over their 90-year history, the ways they’ve changed (and haven’t) and the people they’ve awarded (and haven’t) are frequently filled with head-scratching shockers. For instance, can you believe that between 1929 and 2002 the length of the show expanded by nearly 1800 per cent? Don’t answer that. It’ll just make things take longer.
These stats show that you don’t have to announce the wrong Best Picture to rank alongside Oscar’s biggest surprises.
8: The number of times Peter O’Toole was nominated for an Oscar
0: The number of times Peter O’Toole won an Oscar
5.5: Length, in minutes, of the longest ever Oscar speech, delivered by Greer Garson in 1943
15: Length, in minutes, of the first Oscars ceremony in 1929
263: Length, in minutes, of the longest Oscars ceremony ever, in 2002
10: Number of Best Actor winners to play characters in the military
0: Number of Best Actress winners to play characters in the military
14: Number of Best Actress winners whose characters’ career is “wife”
2: Number of Best Actor winners whose characters’ career is “husband”
2: The most Best Actor nominations held by a Canadian, a threeway tie between Walter Huston, Walter Pidgeon and Ryan Gosling
0: The number of Canadians to win Best Actor
5: The number of Oscar-nominees born in London, Ont., the most of any Canadian city (for the record, they’re Gene Lockhart, Hume Cronyn, Kate Nelligan, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams).
0: The number of Oscar-winners born in London, Ont.
12: Age at which Manitoba-born Anna Paquin won Best Supporting Actress for 1993’s The Piano
46: Number of years since a Canadian had won an acting Oscar
4: Age at which Paquin left Canada forever and moved to Wellington, New Zealand
10: Age at which Tatum O’Neal became the youngest-ever Oscar-winning actor, in 1973 for Paper Moon
82: Age at which Christopher Plummer became the oldest-ever Oscar-winning actor, in 2013 for Beginners
88: Age at which Christopher Plummer became the oldest-ever Oscar-nominated actor, nominated this year for All The Money In The World
22: Age at which Timothée Chalamet became the youngest Best Actor Oscar nominee since 1939 for this year’s Call Me By Your Name
2: The number of women to ever win a Best Original Score Oscar
0: The number of women to ever win a Best Cinematography Oscar
1: The number of women to ever be nominated for a Best Cinematography Oscar (Rachel Morrison for this year’s Mudbound)
1,854: Amount, in millions, grossed by 1939’s Gone With The Wind, the highest-grossing Oscar Best Picture winner in history (adjusted for inflation)
17: Amount, in millions, grossed by 2009’s The Hurt Locker, the lowest-grossing Oscar Best Picture winner in history (adjusted for inflation)
893: Amount, in millions, grossed by 2009’s Avatar, the film which lost Best Picture to The Hurt Locker (adjusted for inflation)
The 90th annual telecast of the Academy Awards airs live on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CTV.