Hollywood is primping up for its big night, laying out the red carpet, choosing the gowns and jewels, and losing the last few pounds leading up to the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 2. Who will win the coveted statuettes? Will new records be set? Here are some historical Oscar numbers that relate to this year’s show:
1 – The number of movies several actors and actresses that were nominated this year have made is one. Lupita Nyong’o, a first-timer is considered to have a good shot at winning for 12 Years a Slave, her maiden acting voyage.
2 – Ellen DeGeneres will have hosted the Academy Awards telecast two times, including Sunday.
3 – The number of Best Actor Oscars presenter Daniel Day-Lewis has won, which is a record. They were for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and last year’s winning role, Lincoln. Two men have won three acting awards, but they included supporting actor nods.
4 – The number of Oscars won by Meryl Streep, if she wins this year. Katharine Hepburn holds the record with four Best Actress wins. Streep still will not touch that since one of her awards was Best Supporting Actress.
5 – Five performers have won consecutive Oscars. They are Luise Rainer (1936-37), Spencer Tracy (1937-38), Katharine Hepburn (1967-68), Jason Robards (1976-77) and Tom Hanks (1993-94). Last year’s Best Actress winner for Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence could join this list if she wins Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle.
6 – Six of this year’s best-picture nominees this year were based on true stories: American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street and Captain Phillips.
8.5 – The Oscar statuette weighs 8.5 pounds.
12 – If composer Bobby Lopez wins an Oscar for Let It Go from Frozen, he will be the 12th person to earn the prestigious EGOT title (winner of a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony).
15 – American Hustle is the 15th movie to receive nominations in every acting category, but none have won all four.
18 – With Meryl Streep receiving an 18th nomination this year for August: Osage County, she broke her own Oscar record for most nominations ever received by an actor.
20 – The length of time it takes to make each Oscar is approximately 20 hours.
23 – The age of American Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence, the youngest actress ever to receive three acting nominations, breaking the record previously held by Teresa Wright (who was 24 when she received her third nod).
49 – Composer John Williams earned his 49th nomination with this year’s score for The Book Thief.
77 – Bruce Dern is up for Best Actor for Nebraska. The 77-year-old actor would breat the records set for Henry Fonda, who was 76 upon winning for On Golden Pond in 1981.
84 – Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb, at 84, would break the age record here with a win for Nebraska. Peggy Ashcroft is the oldest winner to date, who received the prize for A Passage to India at age 77.
86 – The numbers of Oscar awards ceremonies held will be 86 after this year’s Academy Awards extravaganza on Sunday.
By Dyanne Weiss