Tonight is one of the most anticipated nights of the year in Los Angeles, when the entertainment industry and the movie-going public across the world converge their attention on the stage at the Dolby Theatre, where the 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place.
Here at OG, our equivalent of the Oscars is our yearly convention, and this year our 6th annual International Convention — OG Ignite — will, somewhat fittingly, take place in the glittering city of Los Angeles. Some of the biggest stars of OG will take to the stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 29th and 30th. Just like the Academy Awards, we use the convention to honor some of the incredible work of our best and brightest.
So in honor of that, we’d like to take a look at some fun facts and trivia from Academy Awards history.
• Composer John Williams, well known for his musical scores for films such as Jaws and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, has the most nominations of any living person, totaling at 49. Walt Disney still holds the record at 59 Academy Award nominations.
• Actress Meryl Streep has accrued the most Best Actress nominations, with 19 nominations to her name to date, but Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most wins with four. Jack Nicholson is the most nominated actor, with 12 Oscar nominations to his name.
• The only sequel ever to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture is The Godfather: Part II, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
• The last black and white film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture was Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List in1993. Prior to that it was Billy Wilder’s The Apartment in 1960.
• To qualify for nomination in the Best Picture category, a film needs to be at least 40 minutes long, have screened at a Los Angeles cinema for at least a week in the previous year, and have a projection resolution of 2048 x 1080 pixels.
• Laurence Olivier and Roberto Benigni are also the only people to have won Best Actor in a film they directed: Benigni for Life Is Beautiful in 1997 and Olivier for Hamlet in 1948.
• Director Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for an Oscar five times — for Rebecca, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Rear Window and Psycho — but didn’t get his hands on an Academy Award until he was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1968.
• The most successful films in Oscar history are Ben-Hur, Titanic and Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. Each took home 11 gold statuettes – although Return Of The King was the only one of those to take home every award for which it was nominated.
A ticket to the Academy Awards may be one of the most sought-after tickets in town, but tickets for the OG Ignite Convention in Los Angeles are also in high demand. Will you be one of the best and brightest receiving recognition on stage, or part of the supportive audience cheering on your fellow OG Distributors? Secure your tickets now for an awarding evening indeed in Los Angeles this August.