Walt Disney, with a few of his many Oscars and other awards.

For, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: With the approaching of the 90th Academy Awards (to be broadcast Sunday, March 4, on ABC, Ch. 4 locally), it might be a good time to look back 25 years and review a trivia quiz about the Oscars that was published in the Deseret News on March 28, 1993, under the headline: ‘Time for Academy Awards — the show we love to hate.’ (But things change in 25 years; next week in this space there will be an update of these stats.)

It’s time once again for Oscar Trivia!!! Just in case you care.

Oh, you can pretend you don’t — but you’ll be watching the Academy Awards on Monday night, won’t you? It’s the show we love to hate. And how can you properly complain if you don’t watch it?

After all, as a friend of mine says, movie stars are the closest things we have to royalty — and Oscar night is like a coronation.

Anyway, here are some tidbits I came across while looking up other Oscar info:

— The most Oscars presented to one person? Walt Disney, who went home with 32 statuettes over the years (including some that were “honorary”).

      — The most won by a woman? Eight, to costume designer Edith Head.

— Who received the most nominations without a win? Composer Victor Young, with 21. (He finally won for his 22nd, "Around the World in 80 Days," which was awarded posthumously.)

— Most acting nominations? Twelve, Katharine Hepburn.

— Most acting wins? Four, Katharine Hepburn. (With all those nominations the odds were in her favor.)

— In 1988, Sigourney Weaver made history not winning. She was the first nominee in the best actress ("Gorillas in the Mist") and best supporting actress ("Working Girl") categories to lose both.

— Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter are tied for the most nominations without a win in the "actress" categories — six.

— Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole equaled and surpassed that record in the "actor" categories — seven nominations each. (If Al Pacino, who is nominated in two categories this year, should lose both, he'll top that record with eight losses.)                      

                Tatum O'Neal, left; Jessica Tandy

— Most nominations for one film? Fourteen, "All About Eve" (1950).

— Most wins by a film? Eleven, "Ben-Hur" (1959).

— Billy Wilder is the only person to win three Oscars for one movie - as director, co-writer and producer of "The Apartment" (1960).

— Barry Fitzgerald is the only performer to find himself nominated in both acting categories for the same film (which brought about some changes in the Oscar-voting ground rules). He was nominated as best actor and best supporting actor for "Going My Way" (1944). He won the latter.

— There has only been one write-in winner in the history of the Academy Awards, cinematographer Hal Mohr for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935).

— Jack Palance went 38 years between nominations. He received a supporting actor nomination in 1953 for "Shane" and then won in 1992 for "City Slickers."

— Palance's win last year tied a record that was set by Helen Hayes, who also went 38 years between nominations. But she won both times! She was named best actress in 1931 for "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" and best supporting actress in 1969 for "Airport."

— The youngest director nominee ever is John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood"), at age 24.

— The oldest winner ever is Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she was named best actress for "Driving Miss Daisy."

— The oldest male winner was Henry Fonda, who was named best actor for "On Golden Pond" at 76.

— Nine-year-old Justin Henry ("Kramer vs. Kramer") was the youngest nominee ever.— Tatum O'Neal, at 10, was the youngest winner (for "Paper Moon." 


                        Spencer Tracy, left; Linda Hunt

— In 1985, Anjelica Huston became the first third-generation winner. (Her father John Huston and grandfather Walter Huston were both Oscar-winners.)

— Only one performer has ever won posthumously, Peter Finch as best actor for "Network."

— Linda Hunt is the only person to win an Oscar for playing the opposite sex (she was a male character in "The Year of Living Dangerously").

— What former "Saturday Night Live" regulars have received acting nominations? Robert Downey Jr. (this year for "Chaplin"), Albert Brooks (for "Broadcast News") and Dan Aykroyd ("Driving Miss Daisy"). (Steve Martin has been nominated but was only a frequent guest, never a regular on the TV show.)

— True or false: The Three Stooges were once nominated for an Oscar. (True, for the 1934 short, "Men in Black.")

— True or false: Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy won an Oscar. (True, for the 1933 short, "The Music Box.")

— True for false: When Spencer Tracy won his second best-actor award, the engraving on the Oscar mistakenly said, "Dick Tracy." (It's true.)

— Aside from special Oscars, how many of these folks actually won an Academy Award? Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Edward G. Robinson, Greta Garbo, James Dean. (None.)

— When Gary Cooper won in 1952 for "High Noon," who picked up his award? John Wayne.

— "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) was the first film since "Grand Hotel" (1932) to win the best-picture award without its director being nominated.

— "The Silence of the Lambs" was the first horror movie to win the best-picture Oscar.