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The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday!


I am generally not a celebrity watcher. I am one of those people that likes to think of actors and musicians as the characters or entertainers they portray. I do not like to dig too deep into their lives or know too much about them. In the same vein I do not like “behind the scenes” special features or deleted scenes-I like to see the finishes product and leave it as that. BUT…

I do like the glamor of the Academy Awards and the excitement of who will be nominated and ultimately win. Husband is partly to blame :)

In honor of the coming Oscars’ here are some little known facts:

1. The Oscar statue is officially names the Academy Award of Merit. Oscar is actually a nickname that was officially adopted in 1939. It is debated but the general consensus is that Margaret Herrick,  a librarian at the Academy, commented that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar.

2. Hal Mohr was the first and only person to win an Oscar via a write-in vote. He won for Best Cinematography for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935).

3. Awards for acting were first presented in 1929 and took into account the nominee’s overall body of work from the previous year.

4. The Oscars are the oldest entertainment awards ceremony.

5. The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner with an audience of about 270 people and the ceremony ran for 15 minutes. The winners had been announced to the media and public three months earlier.

6. The following proposed categories have been rejected: Best Casting (rejected in 1999), Best Stunt Coordination (rejected every year from 1991 to 2012), Best Title Design (rejected in 1999).

Here is a list of the Best Picture nominees:

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyer Club





12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

Have you seen any of these? All of these? What is your prediction?

If you plan on watching check out these fun ballots and bingo cards from some other bloggers:

2014-oscar-ballot-printablefrom: How About Orange

oscar_gamesfrom: Around the Table

trophy-life-oscar-bingo-5from: Clevver

Free-Printable-2014-Oscar-Ballot4-600x900from: Studio DIY

Have fun!



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