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All about Oscar.. 15 facts.

1 The Academy Awards began in 1927. when the Oscar was called The Academy Award Of Merit.

2 The gold statue was first handed out at a banquet in 1929 - according to legend, secretary Margret Herrick remarked that it looked like her Uncle Oscar, giving the statue its nickname.

3 In 1957 Jayne Mansfield (left) did a Judy Finnegan and accidentally let it all hang out during the televised ceremony.

4 The Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

5 An Oscar is 13 1/2in tall and weighs 8 1/2lb.

6 Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Thompson (left) and Susan Sarandon keep their statuettes in the bathroom. Jack Nicholson uses one of his three awards as a hat stand.

7 Each of the 48 ad spots for the three-hour telecast has been sold, at an average of pounds 1m per 30-second ad.

8 The awards portion of the first Oscar ceremony lasted just 15 minutes - shorter than some speeches.

9 Greer Garson went on for more than an hour when she won Best Actress for Mrs Miniver in 1942.

10 The longest awards in history was in 2002 - 256 minutes, beating the previous record by 16 minutes.

11 At least pounds 20m worth of jewellery will be out on loan to stars tonight.

12 Russell Crowe (left) keeps his Oscar in a chicken coop on his ranch in Oz - he says it's increased the size of his hens' eggs.

13 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has a clean sweep record - winning all 11 Oscars for which it was nominated in 2003.

14 The gold envelopes are chauffeured by different routes and guarded until given to the presenter.

15 Seven films have won both Best Actor & Actress: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Network (1976), Coming Home (1978), On Golden Pond (1981), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (left), As Good As It Gets (1997).
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2006
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