Watching the Oscars — known by their formal name as The 89th Academy Awards — this Sunday evening — can be a challenge. Hardcore moviegoers probably saw all of the nominated films, but most of us did not. They also know a lot about the history of the Oscars, but most of us do not.

Don’t be disheartened! Z’Scoop.com has your back for at least four of the top Oscar night trivia questions!

How to watch the Oscars with your phone as a resource

At the close of this post — to increase your enjoyment of this historic and celebrated event — Z’Scoop has put together some resources to keep on your phone and reference as you watch. Keep your phone open to this post so you can bounce to what interests you the most during the broadcast. You can always come back to the ZS homepage and follow along as the program progresses.

Oscar money with oscarWhat is the highest grossing Best Picture Oscar winner of all time?
According to top5ofanything.com, the 1997 movie “Titanic” has the largest Box Office gross of all Best Picture Oscar winners with a worldwide gross income of $1,845,034,188.

Conversely, according to thestreet.com, the lowest grossing Oscar winning Best Picture of all time was 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” with a U.S. gross of only $17 million.

empty red carpetWhich actor and actress have the most nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress?
According to wikipedia.com, Jack Nicholson is the actor with the most performance nominations of 12: 8 for Best Actor and 4 for Best Supporting Actor, and a total of 3 wins. But to be fair, both Spencer Tracy and Laurence Olivier have each been nominated for 9 Best Actor Awards, beating out Jack by 1. However, Olivier has 1 win for “Hamlet” and Tracy has 2 wins: one for “Captains Courageous” and another one for “Boys Town.”

Meryl Streep, also according to wikipedia.com, has the most Best Actress nominations with 16, and she also has 4 Best Supporting Actress nominations for an impressive total of 20 best performance nominations; of the 20, she has won 3. Interestingly enough, Katherine Hepburn is the next closest actress to Streep with a total of 12 nominations for Best Actress, and zero, nothing, nada nominations for Best Supporting Actress, but has a total of 4 wins.

4. OSCARS_TatumWho was the youngest Best Actress and Best Actor Award nominees and winners?
According to moviephone.com, the youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O’Neal who won Best Supporting Actress for “Paper Moon” when she was only 10 years old. However, Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award – a now-defunct Academy Award for juvenile performances – at just 6 years old.

The youngest actress to take home a Best Actress Oscar, according to cheatsheet.com, was Marlee Matlin at age 21 for her performance in “Children of a Lesser God.”

Digitalspy.com reports that Justin Henry is the youngest Best Supporting Actor nominee as he was 8 years old when he was nominated for his performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Also according to cheatsheet.com, Adrien Brody is the youngest Best Actor Award winner at the age of 29 for “The Pianist.”

Black actorsWho were the first black actors and actresses to ever be nominated or to win an Oscar?
According to wikipedia.com, the first black actor to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar was Sidney Poitier in 1958 for “The Defiant One.” Poitier was also the first black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar in 1963 for “Lilies of the Field.” The first black actor to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar was Rupert Cross in 1969’s “The Reivers,” and the first black actor to win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar was Louis Gossett, Jr. for his role in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

Again according to wikipedia.com, the first black actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar was Dorothy Dandridge in 1954’s “Carmen Jones,” while the first black actress to be awarded an Oscar for Best Actress was Halle Berry in 2001’s ‘Monster’s Ball.” Hattie McDaniel holds the earliest record for the first black actress to be both nominated and win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Gone With The Wind” in 1939.

Good luck on your predictions for the 2017 89th Annual Academy Awards, and enjoy the show this Sunday!

6. Ellen's Oscar SelfieINTERACTIVE BONUS!
How to Watch the Oscars
With Your Phone as a Resource
Here are your evening’s back-stories of all the nominees, presenters, performers and the official Oscar Challenge.

Good luck on your predictions, and enjoy the show!

 Who’s Who at the Oscars in 2017

Oscar Challenge: Astound your friends with your Oscar knowledge

And One More Thing

More Information
And of course, here are some Oscar-centric articles that have appeared in Z’Scoop.
Ready… Set … Oscars! The Race is On! – December 10, 2015
A Secret History of the Academy Awards – February 25, 2016
The Oscar Profile: Back Story of the Oscar Statuette – February 25, 2016

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