7 Oscars stats and facts that will blow your mind
No worries: We're here to help. We've assembled seven of the wildest stats and facts about the 89 years of Oscars ceremonies and put them together. Some are fun bits of trivia; others reveal #OscarsSoWhite is far from over.
No female director has been nominated for best director since 2010
The last was Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker. She is the only female director to win the Oscar — yet she was denied a nomination for Zero Dark Thirty in 2013. Ava DuVernay was also snubbed for Selma in 2015.
Only 12 nonwhite directors have been nominated for best director
Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director and the first Asian nominated for best director for Woman in the Dunes
Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director nominated for best director for Ran
M. Night Shyamalan, Indian director nominated for best director for The Sixth Sense
Ang Lee, Taiwanese director and winner of two best director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi
Héctor Babenco, Argentine-born Brazilian director nominated for best director for Kiss of the Spider Woman
Fernando Meirelles, Brazilian director nominated for best director for City of God
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican director and winner of two best director Oscars for Birdman and The Revenant
Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican director and first Latin American to win best director for Gravity
John Singleton, black director and the first to be nominated for best director for Boyz n the Hood
Lee Daniels, black director nominated for best director for Precious and the first to be nominated for best picture
Steve McQueen, black director nominated for best director for 12 Years a Slave and the first to win best picture for 12 Years a Slave
Barry Jenkins, black director and current nominee for best director for Moonlight
No female cinematographer has ever been nominated for best cinematography
Not once! Despite the enormous value that a woman behind the camera can bring, as so well explained by Creed's Ryan Coogler, the Oscars have never found a woman's cinematography worthy of a nomination in 89 years.
The last best original song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was "Lose Yourself"
Eminem's 2002 rap hit "Lose Yourself" for 2003's 8 Mile was the last best original song winner to win big on the charts. Adele's "Skyfall" for the movie Skyfall and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" for Frozen both got closest, hitting the top 10.
Only 13 Asian actors have been nominated for an Oscar
Ben Kingsley, British actor of Indian descent on his father's side and only Asian actor to receive multiple nominations for best supporting actor for Bugsy and Sexy Beast and best actor for House of Sand and Fog, with a best actor win for Gandhi
Merle Oberon, only Indian actress nominated for best actress for The Dark Angel
Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor and first Asian actor nominated for best supporting actor for The Bridge on the River Kwai
Mako Iwamatsu, Japanese actor nominated for best supporting actor for The Sand Pebbles
Pat Morita, Japanese-American actor nominated for best supporting actor for The Karate Kid
Haing S. Ngor, Chinese-Cambodian actor who won best supporting actor for his debut role
Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor nominated for best supporting actor for The Last Samurai
Dev Patel, British actor of Indian descent nominated this year for best supporting actor for Lion
Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese actress and first Asian acting winner for actress in a supporting role for Sayonara
Meg Tilly, of Chinese descent on her father's side and nominated for best supporting actress for Agnes of God
Jennifer Tilly, of Chinese descent on her father's side and nominated for best supporting actress for Bullets over Broadway
Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress nominated for best supporting actress for Babel
Hailee Steinfeld, of Filipino descent on her mother's side and nominated for best supporting actress for True Grit
Women haven't won best original screenplay since 2008 — or best adapted screenplay since 2006
The last woman to win best original screenplay was Diablo Cody for 2007's Juno. The last woman to win best adapted screenplay was Diana Ossana, who co-wrote the 2005 adaptation of Brokeback Mountain. Since then, 10 women have been nominated for best adapted screenplay (out of 91 nominees), while just seven women have been nominated for best original screenplay (out of 74 nominees).
No out gay man has ever won the best actor Oscar
There have been nominees, including Sir Ian McKellen, and some supporting actor winners like Joel Grey and John Gielgud. But the best actor Oscar remains elusive. Perhaps McKellen will someday be the first?
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