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Monday, February 27, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Who stayed up for the Oscars last night? After the third hour I didn't think I was going to make it to the end (I read this morning that last night's show was the longest in 10 years) but I'm glad I did after the Best Picture fiasco. I also thought the bus tour was particularly funny. What a thrill that must have been for those people who thought they were on just another bus tour, and suddenly they're walking through the Oscars and shaking hands with Hollywood royalty.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can."

HINT: (1930- ), American actor, director, producer, musician, and politician, one famous role was Dirty Harry.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The first Academy Awards were held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929.

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The famous golden statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit. According to the Oscars, the nickname's origins are unclear. The most widely known story goes that Academy librarian Margaret Herrick, who had the gig in the 1930s, saw the statue and said it looked like her Uncle Oscar. (The Academy didn't adopt the nickname officially until 1939.)

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The design of the Oscar statuette, by Cedric Gibbons, is a knight holding a crusader's sword while standing on a film reel. There are five spokes on the reel representing the five original branches of the Academy: writers, technicians, producers, actors and directors.

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The first televised Oscars show was on March 19, 1953. That year, Gary Cooper won the Oscar for best actor for High Noon (and it was accepted by John Wayne). Shirley Booth took home the best actress prize for Come Back, Little Sheba. The first color broadcast was in 1966, when The Sound of Music won best picture.

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The more-than-5,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are the ones who choose the winners. Among that group, more than 1,000 are actors.

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The Oscars had suffered two consecutive years of dramatic dips - losing almost 10 million viewers between 2014 and 2016. But the show remains a lucrative flagship, which again reaped a reported $115 million in ad revenue from this year's show.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can."

ANSWER: Clint Eastwood.

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