7 award-winning facts about the Oscars

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. The academy says its invitees are 46 percent female, 41 percent minority and represent 59 countries.(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

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Have you ever wondered when the first Oscars took place? What, exactly, is that little statuette? Is an Oscar heavy, or is it like those little trophies we used to get when we were children?

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Ready for 7 incredible facts about the Oscars?

  1. The first Academy Awards ceremony took place in 1929
  2. Bob Hope has hosted a record 19 times!
  3. The Oscar statue weighs 8.5 pounds.
  4. The Oscar’s real name is the Academy Award of Merit
  5. The statue is a knight holding a sword and was designed by Cedrick Gibbons
  6. To win Best Picture, a film must be at least 40 minutes long.
  7. More than 5,000 Academy members vote on the winners each year.

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