Here’s looking at you, kid
While most of the movie stars at the Oscars are adults, child actors are sometimes recognized for their outstanding work in the same category as their grown-up counterparts. The youngest Oscar nominee ever was Justin Henry, who was eight years old when he was nominated for 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer. In 2013, nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress—she’s also the first nominee to be born in the 21st century. If she wins, she’ll be the youngest Oscar winner in history. (Currently, Tatum O’Neal, a ten-year-old when she won Best Supporting Actress in 1973, holds that record.)
Your name in lights
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to re-brand the Academy Awards in 2013, so the event is officially called “The Oscars” now. Similarly, the awards that are being handed out now were originally known as Academy Awards, until the late 1930s. According to World Book, legend has it that an Academy employee remarked that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar; a reporter wrote up the story, and the rest is history.
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Tale as old as time
Today, the Academy Awards are broadcast live on TV from Hollywood. In contrast, the first Academy Awards were held privately at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1928, and the first televised awards didn’t take place until 1958. Today, you can download an Oscars app to follow along.
Worth a thousand words
Animated movies have only lately gotten their fair share of Oscar attention. The category Best Animated Feature Film wasn’t introduced to the Oscars until 2002 (Shrek won). Before then, animated movies rarely got to compete for Best Picture. In 1991, the first animated film was nominated for Best Picture was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Since then, Pixar’s Up and Toy Story 3 both have been nominated, but an animated movie has never won.
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Animated short films, however, have been in the Oscars since 1932. This category is most notable for giving Walt Disney 12 of his 22 Oscar wins.
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