Quirky facts from the 2021 Oscars

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A little later than usual, the Oscars’ season is finally over, following a glittering Academy Awards ceremony that was broadcast on the April 26. The build-up to the awards ceremony was filled with the usual quirks we have come to know and love about the Oscars, so here are just a few.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan set the new Guinness World Record for the longest film title in Academy history, and Glenn Close became the most Oscar-nominated actress never to have walked away with a golden statuette.

Meanwhile, it was the first time ever that the five best picture nominees were all also nominated for best original screenplay. Best actress nominee Viola Davis spent a total of only 26 minutes and 41 seconds on the screen, and 89-year-old costume designer, Ann Roth, was this year’s oldest nominee.

The iconic golden statuette of the Oscars is one of the the most coveted awards in showbusiness. It stands around 13 and a half inches high, weighing in at just under four kilograms. The film reel that the figure stands upon has five spokes, which represent the five branches of the Academy – directors, producers, writers, actors and technicians. Each statuette is made from a pewter alloy and is plated in 24-carat gold.

All the happy winners walked away with their own personal engraved awards, while the unsuccessful nominees consoled themselves and crossed their fingers in anticipation of next year.

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