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Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award?

Quite simple: Midnight Cowboy is not a pornographic film. What we have here is a misunderstanding of the original intent of the X rating, which gave rise to the NC-17 rating. Several films from the ...
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Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

Of course they did: Rosemary's Baby: Ruth Gordon won for Best Supporting Actress Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931): "Fredric March’s performance as the title character(s) earned the film a Best Leading ...
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Why aren't the front of Oscar winner envelopes marked with the award they're for?

Actually, it is written on the envelope: and on the card, although with a very small font at the bottom: which makes the mistake even harder to explain. (source)
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Are movies made for Netflix eligible for Academy Awards?

Movies made for anyone, including Netflix, are eligible for Academy Awards, but only if they complete a 7-day release in Los Angeles County. for paid admission in a commercial motion picture ...
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At what point is the orchestra told who the Academy Award winner will be?

When everyone else does - when the winners are announced. I can't find an answer originating directly from the Academy on this, but Time covers the 2014 Oscars and had an article which stated: • A ...
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At the Oscars, who decides where everyone sits?

It is usually decided by the academy. Generally, there are some traditional rules followed by the academy, most of which were established by Otto Spoerri. A few guidelines are (borrowed from Quora): ...
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Why was The LEGO Movie not nominated at the Oscars?

Here's a Variety article on this very thing with 5 reasons: “Lego” landed just one mention — in the song category for its infectious “Everything Is Awesome” anthem — but not in the animated feature ...
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Why was Marisa Tomei nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role instead of Best Actress?

According to Wikipedia, a supporting actor/actress performs a role in a play or a film that "supports" the lead actor/actress. These range from minor roles to principal players and are often ...
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What's that between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel?

People magazine did an article about this "feud" that you can read online. Basically it was a throw away joke that they thought was funny so it became a recurring thing. There are lots more ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

There are two envelopes for each category. Two people, Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, count the votes and know the winners in advance. Each has a full set of envelopes containing cards with the ...
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Best picture Oscar winner with least number of total Oscar wins

Here is a list of all the Best Picture winners, listing for each of them the number of: wins: the number of Academy Awards that it won (e.g. Titanic won 11), and misses: the number of Academy Awards ...
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Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

Ruth Gordon won Best Supporting Actress in Rosemary's Baby. This article lists 14 horror films "noticed" by the Academy, including Misery and Silence of the Lambs. Whether these two can be classified ...
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Why didn't the 2019 Oscars have a host?

Because so many people declined and Kevin Hart was ready before the controversy blow up and also they wanted to shorten the length. Let's start with the timeline of events: 90th Academy Awards had ...
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Why was The LEGO Movie not nominated at the Oscars?

I don't have the minute count for the film but the rules require: An animated feature is defined by the academy as a film with a running time of more than 40 minutes in which characters' ...
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Why isn't there an Oscar for TV Series, like with the Golden Globes?

Because Oscars are awards given by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). A Motion Picture in this case refers to Movies/Films and they are (per wiki) to recognize excellence in ...
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Who chooses the host for the Oscar show?

The Oscars are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hires producers to create the awards ceremony. The producers are in charge of the entire production, including ...
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Where do non-binary people fall for the gender specific awards in the Oscars?

Unknown, currently. This isn't an issue the Academy has to address yet, and they've not published any guidance on it. As so few people identify as transgender/gender-queer, and more importantly, ...
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Which Best Actor/Actress Oscar nominee shows up the latest in his/her movie?

As you can imagine, most Best Actor/Actresses make their appearances very early in their films. The latest entry I've found so far is Ron Moody as Fagin in Carol Reed's Oliver! He doesn't appear ...
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Nomination vs Won

Nominated : The actor has not yet received the award, but will receive it. No, it means the actor is one of several who is being considered for the single award. 4-8 may be nominated, but only one ...
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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?

According to Access Hollywood: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that only Graham King will get the credit for the crime drama “The Departed,” leaving Brad Pitt and ...
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Why are the Oscars so named?

Here is what the official website of the Oscars says: Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker aren’t ...
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What are the rules for eligibility to be included in the "In Memoriam" tribute during the Oscars?

Your main question seems to be "how and who decides the names that are listed" rather than identifying the people who do appear...so I'll answer that. From EW.com (from 2014) So who decides?...
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Why was Dev Patel nominated for Supporting Actor rather than Best Actor?

Dev Patel plays the adult Saroo, so he is only in the movie for the last third or so. He's the main character but he's part of the resolution of the plot. It's a judgment call by the Academy, but ...
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Where does an Oscar winner go when they leave stage after accepting their award?

They go backstage, where they absorb their triumph and are also photographed and congratulated. Just Google Oscars 2016 backstage and you will see many links. A few pics are of Brie Larson and Alicia ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

The production crew plays no part in handing out the envelopes. The envelopes containing the winners are handed out to the presenter(s) by two partners of the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (...
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How is Lupita Nyong'o the first Mexican actress to win an Oscar?

Because, she's a Mexican National by birth under Jus Soli, the common law concept of Nationality by soil, enshrined in Article 30 of the Mexican Constitution. From Wiki: Nyong'o was born in Mexico ...
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Why are the Oscars unimportant for Woody Allen?

Woody Allen has been known to ignore Oscars and never attends them. According to his biographer, Eric Lax; LAX: It's really almost impossible, as he puts it, to judge art, that it's so ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

The accounting firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is in charge of the the ballot, counting and preparing the envelopes to be handed out later. As per the official article, Brian Cullinan and Martha ...
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Are the 2015 Academy Nominated Animated Shorts family friendly?

Here's my thoughts on the Animated shorts: TL;DR : Content is probably fine... better with 10+ probably? Minor spoilers below. Me and My Moulton - About a kid. If you're extremely puritanical, ...
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Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award?

Midnight Cowboy was controversial for its time due to its nude scenes and its depiction of a male prostitute, but did not show penetration (which would have garnered it a Triple-X rating). As this ...
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