Oscars


8 ½ pounds: Weight of the Oscar statuette.

The statues are plated in copper, nickel silver and then 24-karat gold.

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The knight stands on a reel of film with five spokes representing actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians.

It takes between three and four weeks to manufacture 50 statuettes.

The red carpet measures 500 feet long and is 33 feet wide.

37.3M: Average number of Americans who tune in to watch the Academy Awards.

Bob Hope has hosted the most Oscar award ceremonies: 19 times.

307: Number of films eligible for this year’s Best Picture award.

63: Still photographers on the red carpet.

745: Red-carpet fan bleacher seats.

$20M: The most expensive jewelry on the red carpet, a Harry Winston necklace worn by “Titanic” star Gloria Stuart in 1998.

A Calvin Klein gown designed by Francisco Costa was the most expensive dress worn to the Oscars. It cost $150,000 and was worn by Lupita Nyong’o in 2015.

6,261: The number of voting members in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

50 Nominations for composer John Williams, the most ever for a living person.

$25,000 to $35,000: Average price of a couture gown worn at the Oscars.

Audrey Hepburn’s 1954 dress by Hubert de Givenchy started a trend toward designer gowns at the awards.

$250K: The value of gift bags for presenters and performers at this year’s ceremony. It includes a trip to Israel, a breast-lift, fitness sessions, a sex toy and expensive toilet paper.

1,500: Guests invited to the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars party.

900: Event staff to serve them.

Wolfgang Puck will create 50 dishes for the Governors Ball following the awards ceremony, including a 24-karat gold-covered chocolate Oscar.

More than 1,000 limos were rented during the 2015 awards.

Oscar limousines start work at 8 a.m. and go until 4 a.m. the next day.

The Hollywood Bowl is reserved just for Oscar limousine parking.

The first Oscars ceremony in 1929 lasted 15 minutes. “Wings” was named Best Picture.

There are 1,013 TV press members and 36 print reporters at the awards show.

270: Crew members working during the Oscars telecast.

The longest Oscars show: 4 hours and 23 minutes, in 2002 for the 74th Academy Awards.

The show was first televised in 1953.

High-Low: Sharon Stone paired a Gap turtleneck with a Valentino trumpet skirt in 1996.

2,947: Total number of Oscars presented since 1929.

45 seconds: Time limit for acceptance speeches.

Costume designer Edith Head was nominated 35 times — the most for a woman in any category. She won eight statues.

7: Number of Oscars won by Rick Baker for Best Makeup.

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