10 surprising facts about the Oscars

With the 2014 Oscars just days away, HELLO! Online has rounded up 10 surprising facts you may not have known about the star-studded event, which airs this Sunday.

For example: Did you know that animator and producer Walt Disney has scooped the most Oscars in the 86-year-long history, winning 26 gongs and being nominated for an impressive 59 awards?

This year’s Frozen – released by Walt Disney Pictures and in the running for best Animated Feature Film and best Original Song for Let It Go – could see the movie mogul’s legacy once again cemented.

Idina Menzel will also pay tribute to the twice-nominated children’s film, with her performance of Let It Go scheduled to take place on the night.

Scroll down for ten more interesting facts about the Oscars…

  1. The name Oscar allegedly comes from a remark by Academy secretary Margaret Herrick, who said the statue looked like her uncle Oscar.
  2. Oscar winners don't really own their statues. Winners must sign an agreement stating that should they wish to sell their statuettes, they must first offer them to the Academy for $1.
  3. The Academy has enacted the 45-second rule, where speeches longer than 45 seconds will be cut off by the orchestra after it lasted for over four hours in 2002.
  4. During World War II, the winners were given Oscar statues made of plaster instead of the usual golden ones, to mark the war effort.
  5. The red carpet used at the Oscars is a whopping 500 feet long.
  6. The gold-plated statuette is 34cm tall and weighs nearly 4 kg.
  7. Tatum O'Neal was the youngest person to win an acting award, at age ten for Paper Moon.
  8. Lord Of The Rings The Return Of The King won all 11 awards for which it was nominated in 2003.
  9. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and lasted only 15 minutes.
  10. Since then, 2,701 statuettes have been presented.

Check out the Frozen trailer below:

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