I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Oscars, but how much do you really know? There’s a lot of information surrounding the event that rarely gets talked about. With the 93rd Academy Awards on the horizon, let’s take a look into some of the lesser-known pieces of trivia.
The man on the award is modeled after a filmmaker posing nude
Emilio “El Indo” Fernandez is one of the most prolific figures from Mexico’s golden age of film, having been active from 1928 all the way to his death in 1982. At the very start of his career, he allowed MGM art director Cedric Gibbons to create the statue from his image.
There are about 300 seat fillers
Although it may seem as if the event should be packed with guests, that’s not always the case. Plenty of seat fillers are hired to make sure that the theater looks as crowded as possible. However, seat fillers are strictly not allowed to speak to anyone unless they’re spoken to.
The bathroom has audio from the stage
In case anyone wants to use the restroom, they can without missing a single thing. They made the effort to make sure that the audio is piped into the restroom, as odd as it may sound.
The Oscars were far different long ago
From the tickets costing only five dollars to the ceremony itself lasting only fifteen minutes, the Academy Awards have certainly come a long way. Although it may be nice to go back to a time where there’s no dragging speeches or lackluster performances littering the show, it’s great that we can watch it live from the comfort of our homes.
Box office success has more to do with the nominees and winners than it should
Studies have shown that the films selected by the academy are mostly those that make a hefty buck or have extremely wide recognition. It’s a shame that this is the case, since films that don’t have the visibility they deserve are often left in the dust.