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The Academy Awards, commonly known as The Oscars, are an annual American awards ceremony honoring achievements in the film industry since 1929.

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Oscar wins with least amount of campaigning [closed]

Studios spent millions on Oscar campaigns to entice academy voters. These numbers can range from $3 to $10 million: For films in the thick of the best picture hunt, smaller studios can expect to ...
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What criteria does the Academy uses to give a statuette in the Scientific awards and why it was decided to have a separate ceremony for them? [closed]

I always wanted to ask this question since the information that I could find didn't really cleared my doubts in the subject. This arises from the fact that my favorite awards aren't telecasted and the ...
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Why didn't the 2019 Oscars have a host?

So, this year's Oscars event didn't have a host, but it did have presenters for different awards. Why was that the case? Why did the 2019 Oscars not have a host?
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Why are the Oscars unimportant for Woody Allen?

As you know, the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences has announced that they will be including a new category called 'Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film' in their award agenda as of ...
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Why does Academy call their best film a “picture”?

According to dictionary, a picture is an image. A motion picture is just the fifth entry in the list of meanings and it's noted as informal. I do understand that the academy is Academy of Motion ...
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Are movies made for Netflix eligible for Academy Awards

These days Netflix is making movies especially for itself like Bright starring Will Smith. There are many more movies to be made for Netflix. Are these movies eligible for Academy Awards as they are ...
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Best picture Oscar winner with least number of total Oscar wins [closed]

Among films that won an Oscar for Best Picture, which one has the fewest Oscars won in all the categories? Is there a film that won only Best Picture and didn't win in any other categories?
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Best Actress award announced after Best Actor award?

At the 2017 Academy Awards, the Best Actress award was announced after Best Actor, and before Best Picture. Was this the first year in Oscar history that Best Actress came after Best Actor? Do you ...
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Was anybody ever denied an Oscar or other award because of the Hollywood blacklist?

Hundreds of Hollywood producers, actors, directors, singers, dancers, voice-actors, choreographers, and screenwriters were blacklisted because of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in ...
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How does the Oscar jury know whether a director has done a good job? [duplicate]

Some Academy Award categories are pretty easy to figure out, such as Best Actor/Actress and Costume Design. However, one that has always puzzled me is Best Director. While we know that a director is ...
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What rules govern nomination of an animated film for Academy Award for Best Picture?

In the history of Academy awards only three animated movies were nominated for Best Picture. Beauty and the Beast (1991) Up (2009) Toy Story 3 (2010) Out of these three Up and Toy Story 3 were also ...
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Why do some Oscar presenters present 2 awards?

The 2017 Oscars was the first I've watched in several years, so I'm not sure how long this has been going on. Kate McKinnon and Jason Bateman presented 2 awards: Best Hair & Makeup and Best ...
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Why aren't the front of Oscar winner envelopes marked with the award they're for?

It seems to me that none of the recent fracas would have occurred if the envelope Warren Beatty had in his hand had "Best Actress Award" stamped in big letters on the front of the envelope. As can ...
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Why isn't there an Oscar for TV Series, like with the Golden Globes?

TV Series and the actors appearing in them are nominated for categories in the Golden Globes. So why isn't there a category for TV Series in Oscars? Is there a special policy regarding this?
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How many “Oscars” are given out per category

I was wondering, how many Oscars are given out per category and whether they only produce as many as they really need (give out) or the maximum that they could give out (on that given day) and because ...
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Why the disparities in number of nominations?

In the 89th annual Academy Awards, nine films were competing for Best Picture. However, in most other categories there are five or less nominations, with Best Makeup and Hairstyling having the least ...
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How is a film chosen to be eligible for an Oscar?

There are plenty of movies released every year, but usually nominations for Oscars are boiled down to somewhere between 30-50. What makes a movie eligible to be considered for nomination for the ...
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At the Oscars, who decides where everyone sits?

The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood is pretty large and has a lot of seats that are filled each year at the Oscar ceremony. But who gets invited and who determines where they sit? Are there rules or ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

The mistaken announcement for best picture at the 2017 Oscar ceremony has already been declared the worst mistake in Oscar history. There has to be a certain system that is followed ensuring that ...
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What are the rules for eligibility to be included in the “In Memoriam” tribute during the Oscars?

What are the rules for eligibility for film people to show up in the "In Memoriam" tribute during the Oscars' ceremony? Who then narrows that list? I presume there's some specific criteria, otherwise ...
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What's that between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel? [closed]

All the way through the Oscar ceremony last night, Jimmy Kimmel was making jokes about Matt Damon. Clearly it was some kind of joke, but I'm not familiar with the background. What is the story ...
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Why was Dev Patel nominated for Supporting Actor rather than Best Actor?

Why was Dev Patel from Lion nominated up for Supporting Actor rather than Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards? Why is he not eligible for Best Actor, but only Supporting Actor? I'm not asking ...
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How can one be nominated for an Oscar as “Best Actor” and “Best supporting Actor” in the same Film?

In the Film "Going my Way" Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for an Oscar in both cathegories ("Best Actor" and "Best supporting Actor"). How is this possible?
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How was Sally Field's Oscar acceptance speech like dialogue from “Norma Rae”?

According to Wikipedia: Then came a second Oscar for her starring role in the 1984 drama Places in the Heart. Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered and has since been both admired ...
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Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

I was wondering how it is possible that Jack Nicholson wasn't nominated for his acting in The Shining. Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?
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Why was Marisa Tomei nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role instead of Best Actress?

Why was Marisa Tomei nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" rather than for "Best Actress" (Academy Awards, of course) in My Cousin Vinny? That is, given Lead actor/actress VS Supporting ...
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How are awards given in the editing category?

How are awards are given in the editing category? In 2013, Argo (2012) won an Oscar for editing. I saw the movie, but I didn't notice any noticeable editing effects like rapid cut sticking out, like ...
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First Best Actor Oscar for war movie

Who won the first best actor oscar while playing a part on a war movie?
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Where do non-binary people fall for the gender specific awards in the Oscars?

I didn't follow the Oscars much, so I have not noticed any non-gender-binary people (sometimes referring to themselves as "gender-queer") as nominees. But I am curious to know how do people like this ...
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At what point is the orchestra told who the Academy Award winner will be?

During the Oscars, the presenter says who wins a particular award and then the orchestra immediately begins playing part of the score from the associated movie. In years where there is a live ...
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Where does an Oscar winner go when they leave stage after accepting their award?

I actually don't understand. Where does the winner go immediately after receiving their Academy Award and giving their speech? He\she is not going to his\her chair, they simply go somewhere. Where ...
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Has The Academy ever addressed the issue with acting categories being gender separated?

Acting categories are separated by gender since they have been established (1929 for leading role and 1936 for supporting). I've seen several articles questioning keeping this gender separation on the ...
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How is Lupita Nyong'o the first Mexican actress to win an Oscar?

Lupita Nyong'o is said to be the first Mexican actress to win an Oscar, but I wasn't aware that she's Mexican. Is she actually Mexican and is the statement that she's the first Mexican to win an Oscar ...
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Why are the Oscars so named?

Why are the Academy Awards called the Oscars? Presumably they're named after somebody called Oscar. I once heard a story that someone looked at the statuette and said "hey, that looks like my Uncle ...
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Who chooses the host for the Oscar show?

This year Barney, I mean Neil Patrick Harris, hosted the Oscars award show. Who produces the show and who gets to choose the host? It seems like quite a responsibility.
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Why was The LEGO Movie not nominated at the Oscars?

Given that The LEGO Movie displayed a new style of animation, was there any specific technical reason why it was not nominated in the category of "Best Animated Feature Film" at the 87th Academy ...
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Are the 2015 Academy Nominated Animated Shorts family friendly?

The 2015 Academy Nominated Animated Shorts are making the rounds in theaters right now. I can't find any specific information on the age appropriateness of the content. Does anyone know if this is ...
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Why didn't Brad Pitt win Best Picture Oscar Award for Departed, even though he served as producer for the film?

Why was Bard Pitt not nominated for the Oscar for Departed (2006)? Bradley Cooper's name is listed for Best Picture for Oscars because he served as producer for American Sniper: Then why was Brad ...
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Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award?

When looking at the IMDb page for Midnight Cowboy, it says that the movie is rated X but won 3 Oscars. I always assumed an X-rated movie is a pornographic movie. Does this mean that Oscars can also be ...
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Nomination vs Won

I would like to know the difference between "nominated" and "won" with regards to movie awards. From what I understand: Won : The actor has received the award. Nominated : The actor has not yet ...
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Which Best Actor/Actress Oscar nominee shows up the latest in his/her movie?

Frances McDormand was nominated for best actress for “Fargo,” which she doesn't appear in until 33 minutes into the film. Is that the latest a best actor/actress Oscar nominee has appeared in their ...
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Is it possible to optain clips or transcripts from previous Oscar ceremonies? (38th to be speciffic)

My wife's grandmother just told us that Petro Vlahos, in his Oscar acceptance speech during the 38th oscar ceremony thanked my wife's grandfather for his technical help. Is there any way to confirm ...
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Why hasn't Scarlett Johansson performed either of her Oscar-nominated songs at the Oscars?

This might be too tangential for the Movies Stack Exchange, but I think it's an interesting question. Scarlett Johansson is a singer as well as an actress. She's made two albums and been nominated for ...
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Why is Before Midnight considered an “Adapted Screenplay?”

Before Midnight has been nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. As there is no other source material (like a book or play), why is this not an "Original Screenplay?" From The New York Times: ...
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What is the criteria for selecting a foreign movie for the main category awards in Oscars?

As the title state, what is the criteria for selecting a foreign movie (i.e. not made in Hollywood like in Asia or Australia or Europe) for the main category of Oscar awards (i.e. other than foreign ...