Oscars facts as Gosport’s Daisy Jacobs goes for glory

Daisy Jacobs

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As Gosport’s Daisy Jacobs goes for Oscars glory, here are some facts about the glittering awards.

Daisy, whose animated film The Bigger Picture is nominated in the Best Short Animation category, will be taking part early tomorrow morning in a ceremony first held 86 years ago at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Here are some numerical facts about the biggest bash in showbusiness:-

270 - the number of guests who attended that event.

15 - the number of statuettes handed out in 1929.

3 - the number of times the ceremony has not gone ahead as planned. In 1938 flooding in Los Angeles delayed it by a week. The event was postponed in 1968 following the murder of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and again in 1981 after the failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

1939 - the first time the Academy called the award by its nickname - the Oscar. Up until then they had been known by their formal title - the Academy Award of Merit.

3 - the number of years during the Second World War that painted plaster statuettes were given out because of a shortage of metal caused by the conflict. They were all exchanged for gold-plated metal awards when the war ended.

2000 - the year that the ceremony’s shipment of statuettes were stolen. They were recovered in time but the Academy has kept a spare ceremony’s worth of statuettes on hand ever since.

3.4 million - the number of times host Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie - with a line-up of stars including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - was retweeted. It broke a record set by US president Barack Obama with a picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012. Twitter even had to send out an apology because all the retweeting disrupted the service for more than 20 minutes.

6,124 - members of the academy who are eligible to vote

50 - Oscar statuettes created for the ceremony

2,951 - Oscar statuettes handed out since the ceremony began

13.5 - the height in inches of the statuettes (34.3cm)

2 - the number of people who know the results before the envelopes are opened

500 - the length of the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre in feet

78 - photographers on the red carpet last year

83 - countries submitting foreign language films

225 - countries where the Oscar telecast will be seen

43.7 million - Americans who watched last year’s ceremony

19 - the number of times Bob Hope hosted the awards - a record

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