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58 Oscar Stats You May Not Know

Who has hosted the most Oscar ceremonies? How many women have hosted? What Oscar records do Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Allen hold? All those, and dozens of other questions answered

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1 married couple was nominated this year in different categories: Terence Winter, Best Original Screenplay, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and Rachel Winter, Best Picture, “Dallas Buyers Club”).

2 performers have now been nominated for playing characters who also received a nomination for Visual Effects Society as Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature: Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2006, Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” in 2013.

3 Best Picture nominees had passed the $100 million mark at the time of their nomination. (Four had done so last year, though six eventually hit the mark.)

4 screenwriting nominees also directed their films: Woody Allen, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, Richard Linklater. The same number also acted in their films: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Steve Coogan and Spike Jonze in a voice-only role.

6 of the Best Picture nominees are based on true stories: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

7 past acting winners were nominated this year: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts.

8 Kathleen Kennedy films have been nominated for Best Picture, but none have won: “E.T.,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Seabiscuit,” “Munich,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “War Horse,” “Lincoln.”

11 acting nominations have gone to David O. Russell’s last three films, a new record for the most acting nods for three consecutive films from any director.

15 movies have received acting nominations in all four categories, with 1936’s “My Man Godfrey” being the first and “American Hustle” being the latest.

23 is the age of Jennifer Lawrence, the youngest person ever to receive three acting nominations.

28 Best Foreign Language Film nominations have gone to Italy, the most of any country.

49 nominations is the record for any living person: composer John Williams.

$72 million is the average gross of the 2013 Best Picture nominees at the time of nomination.

$8 billion is the amount of money¬†producer David Heyman’s movies have grossed before receiving his first Oscar nomination for “Gravity.”

88 nominations have gone to the Newman family, the most for any family: Alfred, 43; Lionel, 11; Emil, 1; David, 1; Randy, 20; Thomas, 12.

203 different people received Oscar nominations this year, including nine double nominees and two triple nominees.

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1 woman has won the Oscar for Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker.”

2 black directors have been nominated for Best Director: John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood”; Lee Daniels, “Precious.” Neither won.

2 directors have won Best Director without their movies being nominated for Best Picture: Lewis Milestone, “Two Arabian Knights”; Frank Lloyd, “The Divine Lady.”

4 films have won Best Picture without their directors being nominated: “Wings,” “Grand Hotel,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Argo.”

4 is the record for most Best Director wins: John Ford.

12 is the record for most Best Director nominations: William Wyler.

74 is the age of the oldest Best Director winner (Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby”), while 32 is the youngest (Norman Taurog, “Skippy”).

79 is the age of the oldest Best Director nominee (John Huston, “Prizzi’s Honor”), while 24 is the youngest (John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood”).

10 directors over 70 have been nominated for Best Director. Michael Haneke (“Amour”) is the most recent.

6 directors under 30 have been nominated for Best Director. M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) was the most recent in 2000.

8 animated films have been nominated for Oscars in the writing categories. None have won.

1 person, Emma Thompson, has won Oscars for acting and writing.

16 is the record that belongs to Woody Allen for most writing nominations.

4 consecutive Woody Allen screenplay awards is the most in Oscar history: “Broadway, Danny Rose,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days.”

5 writers are tied for the most writing Oscars, with 3 each: Woody Allen, Charles Brackett, Paddy Chayefsky, Francis Ford Coppola and Billy Wilder.

179 writing Oscars have been handed out to films written in English. Only 5 have been awarded to films written in a foreign language.

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3 people have declined an Oscar: screenwriter Dudley Nichols and actors George C. Scott and Marlon Brando.

5 ceremonies have not had any hosts: 11th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 61st.

6 ceremonies have been hosted by one woman.

14 ceremonies were co-hosted by women.

7 years have passed since Ellen DeGeneres first hosted.

9 ceremonies have been hosted by Billy Crystal.

19 is the record number of times Bob Hope hosted the Oscars.

2 venues have only been used once: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Academy Theater.

3 times the Oscars has been postponed: 1938 due to flooding, 1968 for the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.; 1981 after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

12 ceremonies have been held at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre.

25 ceremonies have been held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

14 is the record number of shows produced by Gil Cates.

37 is the number of years supervising producer Michael Seligman has worked on the Oscar show.

17 women have hosted or co-hosted the Oscars.

55 men have hosted or co-hosted.

49 Emmy Awards have been won by the Oscars broadcast.

49 years ABC has broadcast the ceremony: 1960-1969, 1975-present.

24 Oscar ceremonies haven’t been televised.

1953 is the first year the Oscars was broadcast on television.

1966 is the first year the show was broadcast in color.

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2 silent (or mostly silent) films have won Best Picture: “Wings,” “The Artist.”

3 films are tied for most Oscars won by a single movie, with 11: “Ben Hur,” “Titanic,” “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

5 films with four or more nominations have won in every category: “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” 11; “Gigi” and “The Last Emperor,” 9; “It Happened One Night,” 5; “The Matrix,” 4.

6 science-fiction films have been nominated for Best Picture, but none have won: “A Clockwork Orange,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Avatar,” “District 9,” “Inception.”

7 films have won awards for both Best Actor and Best Actress: “It Happened One Night,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Network,” “Coming Home,” “On Golden Pond,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “As Good as It Gets.”

10 musicals have won Best Picture: “The Broadway Melody,” “Cavalcade,” “The Great Ziegfeld,” “An American in Paris,” “Gigi,” “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Sound of Music,” “Oliver,” “Chicago.”