10 Oscar factoids that'll impress everyone you know today

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While every Tom, Dick and Oscar is busy Academy-chatting around the water cooler today, I thought I'd arm you with some ammo from past years that'll have all your cohorts thinking you really know your trivia.

1) Composer/conductor John Williams has been nominated for 45 Academy Awards, the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person.

2) Walt Disney, who picked up 26 Oscars out of 64 nominations (some say 59), holds the record for the most wins.
3) The youngest winner of the Best Actor Oscar went to Adrien Brody at only 29 years old for his role in The Pianist.

4) The youngest winner of the Best Actress Oscar went to Marlee Matlin at 21 for Children Of A Lesser God.

5) But even Tatum O'Neal has her beat. She won Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon at the staggeringly young age of 10.

temple.jpg6) Now then, the youngest ever, ever, ever, was, of course, Shirley Temple, who was still wet behind the ears at 6 (how could she even lift the 8.5-pound award?) when she won a Special Award for her contribution to film in 1934.

7) At the other end of the spectrum, we have the 80-year-old Jessica Tandy winning the Best Actress Award for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.

8) The oldest Best Actor Award went to Henry Fonda at 76 when he won for On Golden Pond.

9) The only sequel to win Best Picture was The Godfather Part 2, which took the Oscar in 1974.

10) Lastly, and poignantly: A woman has never won Best Director, ever! And the only women to have been nominated are Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation, Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties and Jane Campion for The Piano. High time that changed, wouldn't you say?

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February 26, 2007 - 1:31am
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