It does matter a lot. The movie arena from around the globe is too curious about it. But the lucky few make it to win this award of huge repute.


Why Academy Awards are called Oscars?

So how has this term ‘Oscar’ come into existence? Well, no one is cent percent sure, however the famous theory is that the moniker for the ‘The Academy Award of Merit’, as it originally named, was coined by Academy Award librarian Margaret Herrick. Apparently, she gave the nickname on the statuette in 1931 when she worked as the Academy’s first librarian. On the very first sight, she commented that the statuette resembled her uncle Oscar.

According to Emanuel Levy, author of All about Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards, columnist Sidney Skolsky was present during that time and later she has written that “Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette ‘Oscar’” which was officially used by the Academy itself starting in 1939.


Why Oscars are so valuable?

Yes! Winning an Oscar matters a lot. It simply goes beyond the American film world. Now, the Oscars are globally renowned as symbol of achievement in the field of Entertainment. The prestige of Oscar is well perceived through the status it has been bestowed within the industry. The Oscar Academy has always been so elitist which gives equal representation to all artists, directors and so on; making it more democratic than others.


A little list of Academy Award records

Most awards won by a single film

Three films have won 11 Academy Awards.

  • Ben-Hur (1959) • Titanic (1997) • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Most nominations received by a single film

Two films received 14 nominations.

  • All About Eve (1950) • Titanic (1997)

Most awards won by a male

  • Walt Disney won 22 Oscars. He also won the most Oscars in one year, with four in 1954.

Most awards won by a female

  • Edith Head won eight Oscars, all for Costume Design.

Most nominations received by a country for Best Foreign Language Film

  • France received 40 nominations and won the award 12 times.

Most awards won by a country for Best Foreign Language Film

  • Italy won 14 awards in this category and received in total 32 nominations.


A peek in 88th Academy Awards

The recent Academy Awards ceremony was hold on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Best Picture nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight.

The Revenant received 12 nominations and Mad Max: Fury Road has had a total of ten nominations. The Actor in a Leading Role category brought in a talented mix of stars with Bryan Cranston – Trumbo, Matt Damon – The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant, Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl.

Actress in a Leading Role category is just as star-studded, with Cate Blanchett – Carol, Brie Larson – Room, Jennifer Lawrence – Joy, Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years and Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn. For full list visit

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