8 Things You Didn’t Know About the Academy Awards

Best your pals at your annual movie-awards party with our slate of Academy Awards trivia.

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1. Three films have tied for winning 11 awards, the most ever: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Titanic (1997), Ben Hur (1959).

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2. The youngest ever Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, 10, for Paper Moon (1973); the oldest was Christopher Plummer, 82, for his role in Beginners (2011). In 2013, two actresses made history as the youngest and oldest nominees ever named in the category: Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, for Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Emmanuelle Riva, 85, for Amour.

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3. Singer Michael Jackson paid $1.54 million in 1999 to Sotheby’s for David Selznick’s Best Picture Oscar for the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind.

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4. Walt Disney holds the records for both the most Academy Award nominations (59) and Oscars won (26).

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5. Peter O’Toole holds the record for most Best Actor nominations without ever winning. He's been nominated 8 times.

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6. At 234 minutes, Gone With The Wind is the longest film ever to win Best Picture.

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7. The largest U.S. TV audience was in 1998, when 52.2 million people watched Titanic win best picture.

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