Thursday, March 6, 2003

Oscar insights

Counting down to the 75th Anniversary Oscars ceremony March 23:

Among the dozen top Oscar-winning films of all time, only two had perfect nominations-to-awards records: Gigi in 1958 and The Last Emperor in 1987 were nominated for, and won, nine Academy Awards each.

To qualify for an Oscar, feature films must play in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County for one week. Short films can qualify by winning a best-in-category award at one of 47 film festivals worldwide, including the Athens International Film Festival at Ohio University.

The best-actor Oscar that Jimmy Stewart won in 1940 for The Philadelphia Story was displayed for 20 years in the front window of his father's Indiana, Pa., hardware store.

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