Thursday Trivia (on Friday!): The Academy Awards

The Statuette. How did it get the nickname "Oscar"?

(Blogger’s Note: I never really did want to do this week’s Wednesday Top 5, so I never really got around to it…the Top 5 will be back next week with something else.) 

The 82nd Academy Awards will be held March 7th, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin co-hosting the ceremony from the Kodak Theatre. It will be Martin’s third time hosting and Baldwin’s first, but more importantly, it will be the first time since 1987 that the Oscars were co-hosted. That year, Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, and Paul Hogan co-hosted the ceremony. 

On that note, here’s four more bits of trivia about the Oscars: 

  • In the polar opposite situation, on six occasions – including three straight years, from 1968-1970 – and most recently in 1988, there has been no host for the ceremony.
  • During World War II, the statuettes were made out of plaster, to be traded in for gold ones when the war was over.
  • The last Special Achievement Award was given out in 1995 for the first fully CGI film, Toy Story.
  • Finally, why the hell is it called an “Oscar”? There are actually two stories: first, that Academy President Bette Davis named it after her first husband, Oscar Nelson; second, it was librarian and Academy secretary Margaret Herrick who coined the term, saying it looked like her “Uncle Oscar” (really her cousin, Oscar Pierce). The earliest possible reference to “Oscar”, though,  is 1931, which begs the question: What the hell were they calling it from ’29 to ’30?

No Link Slurry this week, but join me for next week’s installment of the Thursday Trivia (next time, on a Thursday), when we discuss five points of trivia about a topic to be decided. 


One thought on “Thursday Trivia (on Friday!): The Academy Awards

  1. Pingback: Thursday Trivia: The Tonys « Daniel Pecoraro's Random Musings and Trivia.

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