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Why the ‘Oscars’ and Other Little Known Fun Facts About the Academy Awards

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6. Take five

Only three films have ever taken home all five of the most coveted Oscars: best picture, actor, actress, director, and writing. Those films are: “It Happened One Night” (1935), “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” (1976), and “The Silence Of The Lambs” (1992).

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7. Bad luck streak

Sound re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell was nominated for an Oscar 20 times without winning once, setting the record for most nominations without a win. This changed in 2017, when he won the award for best achievement in sound mixing for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge.”

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8. All in the family

Liza Minnelli, who won best actress for her work in “Cabaret” (1972), is the only Oscar winner whose parents — Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli — also won Oscars.

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9. Where dreams come true

Walt Disney is the most honored person in academy history. Disney was nominated 59 nominations and won 26.

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10. Something for the kids

Until it was discontinued in 1962, the academy would periodically award the pint-sized Academy Juvenile Award for most outstanding child talent. The first winner of this award was Shirley Temple in 1935. Other winners included Judy Garland and Hayley Mills.

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