Curiosities and facts: an Overabundance of feelings
The history of the Oscar ceremony includes interesting facts and curiosities that could not have been foreseen in advance. So, after hearing his name as the winner, the Italian actor and Director Roberto Benigni, without thinking twice, rushed to the stage right on the backs of the seats. And Adrian Brody, having received an award from the hands of Halle berry, did not think of anything better than to unexpectedly give her a passionate kiss. Cuba Gooding did without kissing, he only confessed to the audience in love 14 times in a row. And even the orchestra couldn’t drown out his repeated “I love you.”
There were curiosities not only with the winners, but also with the participants of the ceremony, who were to be awarded the statuette. So, comedian Marty Feldman had the honor to present the award to two Directors at once. Since Feldman had only one statuette, he simply smashed it on the floor, handing the stunned Directors a piece of Oscar debris.
Record holders and not so much
No one has yet managed to break the Walt Disney record for the number of statuettes received. After all, he went on stage for awards almost every year 26 times. Another record holder was the film “the Lord of the rings”, which was awarded 11 awards, that is, won in all categories in which it was presented.
The record belongs to the movie “the color purple”. Nominated in 11 categories, he never received a single statuette. And sound engineer Kevin O’connell is sure to go down in history as the biggest loser of the Academy awards. Academics nominated him 20 times, but in the end, the poor guy never received a single statuette. Looking at O’connell’s story, Leonardo DiCaprio’s 5 nominations that didn’t end with anything don’t look so dramatic.
In 2002, the Golden statuette ceremony lasted almost 4 and a half hours. It was all the fault of the long thank-you speeches of the excited nominees, who were in a hurry to thank all their close and distant relatives, colleagues and friends. Since then, the time for the winners to perform has been strictly limited.
A thank-you speech can last no more than 45 seconds. After this time, the orchestra begins to play, drowning out the speech of the overly eloquent artist. The standard of brevity is still considered to be Alfred Hitchcock, who received the award, said from the stage only ” thank You!» The speeches of William Holden and Joe Pesci also became so laconic. But Greer Garson tired everyone with a speech that lasted for 7 minutes.
There are even special statistics about thank-you speeches. So, it was noticed that 2% of Actresses and 7% of actors interrupt their speech with music. But the Directors always fit into the existing regulations. In addition, 12% of Actresses, 19% of Directors, and as many as 30% of actors thank God. Parents, on the contrary, are more often thanked by Actresses-44%, 35% of Directors also remember their mother and father, but only 29% of actors are concerned with this topic.
Skill of playing on nerves
Anyone who has ever watched the ceremony of awarding the highest film awards, remember how some actors who present statuettes like to create intrigue. At a time when the nerves of the winners are strained to the limit, they are not joking at all. But their colleagues on stage don’t seem to care. Will Rogers was the first to torment the excited nominees in this way.
In 1934, when he opened the concert, he said that the best Director this time was his good friend Frank. Overjoyed, Frank Capra jumped up and even took a few steps toward the stage. But it turned out that the winner was Frank Lloyd. As Capra later admitted, those few steps back to his chair were the longest of his life. A similar disappointment befell Peter Falk: Peter Ustinov received the award instead.
The art of guest accommodation
Despite their star status, in the audience, actors can’t just sit in the chair they like. At the place of each guest of the ceremony there is a sign with his name and portrait. By the way, Seating all participants of the holiday is a whole science. For 22 years, starting in 1980, this case was managed by one of the most experienced employees of the ceremony – Otto Spoerri. It was he who developed a set of rules, according to which, even today, the hall accommodates 3,100 guests who came to the ceremony.
In order to take into account all the details, long before the award day, the team draws a Seating plan for guests, where the last name of each of them is indicated. So, nominees in the same category will never be next to each other. After all, the victory of one automatically means the defeat of the other. In addition, the nominees are placed closer to the aisle so that they can quickly ascend to the stage for the award. Next to the actors, there is always a place for their second halves.
Also, as close as possible to each other will be all the members of the film crew who happened to work together on a particular picture. As strange as it may sound, Otto spoerry was always aware of the details of their personal lives when Seating guests. This is necessary to place ex-spouses or separated lovers as far away from each other as possible.
Place next to a star
Apart from the winners, very few people can attend the ceremony. So, the price of a ticket to the auditorium ranges from $50 to $ 750. But even the willingness to pay such a sum does not guarantee attendance at the ceremony. After all, only those who have an invitation from direct participants of the ceremony can buy a ticket. However, 600 lucky people have a chance to find themselves among the stars for free. To do this, it is enough to fill out a questionnaire a few months before the ceremony, and hope for good luck. As you can see, it is not easy for a mere mortal to get to the award ceremony.
Surprisingly, with all this, some viewers can even earn about a hundred and fifty dollars for their presence in the hall. These people are called the fillers of the hall. The TV picture does not tolerate gaps in the audience. Placeholders-men are required to appear in tuxedos, ladies-in evening dresses, and take the place indicated by the organizers. Some of the guests may not come to the celebration, or leave it ahead of time, but thanks to the “placeholders”, viewers will see a Packed hall.
Preparing stars for the Oscars
Special attention should be paid to the topic of preparing stars for the ceremony. It’s no secret that a multi-million audience at the screens not only follows with interest who will get the prize, but also closely examines the outfits of their favorite Actresses. Knowing this, the actors begin to prepare for the appearance on the red carpet much in advance. A few months before the ceremony, the cult of fitness equipment, Pilates and yoga literally reigns in the already athletic Hollywood.
Selflessly losing weight, the stars do not forget about various anti-aging procedures. Liposuction is highly regarded. After all, Actresses pump out fat not only from problem bellies, but also under the shoulder blades. In open dresses, tied with a corset, this area may not be aesthetically protruding. A few days before the ceremony, actors and Actresses resort to Botox injections. In addition to the forehead and eye area, Botox is injected into the armpit tissue to block the sweat glands.
The legendary red carpet
The walk on the red carpet of the most famous stars is an integral part of the ceremony. All attention is focused on the pomaded stars. 100 photographers are rushing to capture them for history. About 300 specialists shoot TV reports for various channels. The track is just over 150 m long and 10 m wide.
The scarlet coating of the “Cayenne pepper” shade consists of several parts, which take 2 days to lay and dock, and the efforts of two dozen people. But the removal of the coating takes only 4 hours.
A year without an Oscar ceremony
In the 87 years since the award was established, it has been canceled only three times. And it was always due to extraordinary circumstances. So, for the first time the ceremony was canceled in 1938. It happened because of the terrible flood that covered Los Angeles. The second case is related to the murder of Martin Luther king.
It was this sad occasion that caused the cancellation of the film awards ceremony in 1968. And in 1981, the Oscars were not held because of an attempt on the then-current us President Ronald Reagan.