Fun facts about this year’s Oscars

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It’s part of American culture – the Oscars. Oscar turns 91 this year.

And this year there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Academy Awards.

This is the first time in 30 years that the Oscars will be hostless.

WalletHub has collected and created fun facts about the Oscars this year.

For instance, this year’s Academy Awards cost $44 million, but the 16,500-square-foot red carpet costs $24,700.

There are several firsts this year, including Yalitza Aparicio is the first indigenous Best Actress Oscar nominee for her role in ROMA. It is also the first Netflix streaming film to be nominated for Best Picture.

ROMA is the 10th foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture.

ROMA and The Favourite have the most nominations, with 10 nominations.

Black Panther is the first Best Picture nominee based on a comic book.

There were no women nominated for Best Director this year. However, in 2008 Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director.

This year there are a record number of women nominated for an Oscar.

Three of the Best Picture nominees with the lowest budgets have the highest Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

A 30-second ad during the Oscars costs around $2.6 million, which is 50% less than the Super Bowl.

Los Angeles’ annual economic boost from the Oscars is around $130 million.

It costs $103,220 for a couple to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, which is the most expensive after party.

Last year, the Oscars were 233 minutes long, which is just under four hours.

This year the Academy Awards plans to make it three hours long with 90 second acceptance speeches.

And this year there’s a Tri-State connection with this year’s Oscars and it’s Rami Malek, a University of Evansville graduate.

Rami Malek is nominated for Best Actor and Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for Best Picture.

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To find a list of Oscar nominees, click here.

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(This story was originally published on February 22, 2019)

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