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Oscar Trivia: 50 Fun Facts To Prepare You For The 85th Academy Awards

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com February 20, 2013 at 11:02AM

If there's anything we love, it's pointless trivia. And with Oscar night on the way (and, if you're anything like us, an Oscar viewing party), if there's one thing that it's important for you to have, it's a fistful of Academy Award-related trivia for you to bore impress your friends with on Sunday night.
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Oscars Trivia

If there's anything we love, it's pointless trivia. And with Oscar night on the way (and, if you're anything like us, an Oscar viewing party), if there's one thing that it's important for you to have, it's a fistful of Academy Award-related trivia for you to bore impress your friends with on Sunday night.

Well, look no further! Below are 50 Oscar-related facts that are guaranteed* to win you friends and influence when you drop them during the commercial breaks throughout the ceremony. Read on and contribute your own Oscar trivia and thoughts in the comments section.
* not legally binding

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1. Domestically, "Lincoln" is the top grossing Best Picture nominee, with over $180 million. Worldwide, it's "Life of Pi," with $576 million...and still going. If 'Pi' were to win, it would be, unadjusted, the fourth biggest Best Picture winner of all time (behind "Forrest Gump," "The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King" and "Titanic"). And it's the thirteenth biggest film nominated for Best Picture in history.

2. Domestically, the films have taken a total of $918 million combined (an average of $102 million each), and worldwide, a total of $2.035 billion (averaging $226 million each). Who said quality doesn't make money?

3. That's way up from last year, when the nine films took $622 million domestically (an average of $69 million), and $1.245 billion worldwide (averaging at $139 million per film). But 2012's batch still pales in comparison to the ten films in 2010, which made $1.355 billion domestically (av: $135 million each), and $3.342 billion worldwide (av. $334 million each), and 2009, where the films took a domestic total of $1.7 billion ($170 million each, on average), and a worldwide total of $4.68 billion ($468 million each). Grossly inflated by megahits like "Avatar," "Up," "Inception" and "Toy Story 3"? Sure. But worth bearing in mind. 

4. If George Clooney wins an Oscar for producing "Argo",  he'll be the second person to win for both acting and producing (Michael Douglas did it first, winning Best Actor for "Wall Street" in 1988, and Best Picture for "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" in 1976).

5. Clooney's nomination for "Argo" saw him break the record, and become the individual nominated in the most separate categories: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay and now Best Picture. Warren Beatty, John Huston and Kenneth Branagh were all nominated in five separate categories, though Branagh has never won an Oscar.

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6. The only film this year nominated and capable of winning the Big Five (picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay) is "Silver Linings Playbook." Only three films have achieved the feat before -- "It Happened One Night," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Silence Of The Lambs."

7. "Argo" is the frontrunner to win Best Picture, and if it does, it'll be the first film to manage it without a directing nomination since "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1990.

8. On the flipside, no film has won Best Director without a nomination for Best Picture since the 2nd ever Oscars ceremony in 1930, when Frank Lloyd won for “The Divine Lady.”

9. If Steven Spielberg wins Best Director, he'll tie William Wyler and Frank Capra for the second most Oscars won by a filmmaker. John Ford will still hold the record, however, with four (from only five nominations).

10. Spielberg also currently shares third place for most nominations in the category, with Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Fred Zinnemann and David Lean, who've all had seven. Billy Wilder is second, with eight, and William Wyler has the most, with twelve.

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