30 Prestigious Facts About The Oscars AKA The Academy Awards

21Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey was originally slated to play the president in Independence Day. Studio executives insisted the part be rewritten for Bill Pullman because they felt Spacey was incapable of starring in blockbusters. He won his first academy award 10 months later.


22Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger was the first actor to ever win an academy award for the portrayal of a character in a superhero movie.


23Woody Allen

Woody Allen's Oscar-winning script, "Midnight in Paris," began as just a title he liked for a film. So, rather than coming up with a title for a written film, he wrote the film only after coming up with the title; it took several months for the film's idea to come to him and fit the title.


24Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998) is the last film edited on a non-digital editing system to win an Academy Award for editing.


25Edith Head

Edith Head won 8 Oscars for best costume design and was the inspiration for Edna Mode in The Incredibles.


26The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the first and only fantasy film ever to win an Academy Award for "Best Picture".


27Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry cartoons won 7 Oscars and were nominated for 6 more.


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28Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow is the first and only female to win the Academy Award for Best Director, winning for the 2009 film "The Hurt Locker".


29Can You Feel The Love Tonight

The song Can You Feel The Love Tonight was almost cut from The Lion King. Elton John had to campaign for it to be left in. It went on to win the Oscar for best original song.


30Marion Cotillard

Oscar winner Marion Cotillard is both a 9/11 denier and doubts the moon landing.

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