Famous Awards: The Oscar


The name “Oscar” immediately conjures images of golden, shiny, faceless men whose hands are clasped tightly against their chests. In fact, the award itself is almost as mythic and fabled as the Hollywood legends whose trophy cases are lined with these gilded statues. We could go on describing how fabulous this award is, or we could get into a little about its history and relevance.

The Oscar awards have been commemorating the most exceptional and best of Hollywood’s best for years. Naturally, we should have a feature on them in our Famous Awards series. So, without further ado, here is a profile of Hollywood’s most prestigious award.


The History and Relevance

In an annual ceremony first held in 1929, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes Hollywood’s biggest, most significant accomplishments. Individual efforts and collective achievements alike are recognized at these star-studded galas, as awards are presented to everyone from the best cinematographer to the best picture.

The next Oscar ceremony will be the 88th installment. To date, a total of 2,947 Oscars have been given out. That might sound like a lot, but think about how many movies are made each year. Though the origins of its name are disputed to this day, the Oscars are doubtlessly an American pop culture mainstay.

Notable Winners

  • Hattie McDaniel – First African American to win an Oscar (For Best Supporting Actress, 1939: Gone with the Wind)
  • Sidney Poitier – First African American to win Best Actor (1963: Lilies of the Field)
  • George Burns – First comedian to win Best Supporting Actor (1975: Sunshine Boys)
  • Oscar Hammerstein II – First person named Oscar to win an Oscar (1941: Lady Be Good)
  • Elizabeth Taylor – First actress with a mole on her right cheek to win Best Actress (1960: Butterfield Eight)

Notable Losers

These actors have never won an Oscar, despite each having several great performances in their respective portfolios.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Julianne Moore
  • Michael Keaton
  • Tom Cruise
  • Glenn Close

Oscar Records

  • Most nominations in a single year – All About Eve (1950) & Titanic (1997­): 14
  • Most wins for Best Director – John Ford: 4
  • Most acting awards – Katharine Hepburn: 4, all for Best Actress
  • Largest sweep – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), won all 11 awards for which it was nominated.

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