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10 Numbers To Know Ahead Of The Oscars On Sunday

10 Numbers To Know Ahead Of The Oscars On Sunday
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Come this Sunday, all eyes in the film industry will be focused on the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for the 87th Academy Awards.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the show this year for the first time, and millions of people will be joining in the celebration and cheering for their favorite movies and stars from the comfort of their living rooms.

Here’s a list of 10 fun Oscar numbers to know ahead of this year’s show.

1. 72 million viewers

According to USA Today, that’s the number of viewers that tuned in to ABC to watch Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars last year. That is more than half the number of viewers that watched the Super Bowl this year. ABC’s parent company Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) is hoping that this year’s show will draw even higher ratings.

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2. $5 per ticket

That’s the cost of a single ticket to the first ever Academy Awards in 1929. That year the Oscars were held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The ceremony lasted a total of 15 minutes.

3. $1 billion

According to NBC News, that’s how much Ellen DeGeneres’ 2014 Oscar selfie was worth to Samsung. The tweet was seen by 37 million people.

4. 200 countries

This is the number of countries that tune in to watch the Oscars each year.

5. 6,124 members

There are over 6,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

6. 40 minutes

According to the Academy’s rules, a film must have a running length of at least 40 minutes to be eligible to win an Oscar as a feature film.

7. 2,809 Oscars

Since the first ceremony in 1929, this is the total number of awards than have been given out over the years.

8. $861,542

According to Moviefone, this is the price fetched at auction for Orson Welles’ 1941 Oscar for “Citizen Kane” after his heirs won a lawsuit that gave them the right to sell it. Since 1950, winners have been forbidden by the Academy from selling their award statues.

9. $125,000

According to Variety, this is the value of the 2015 Oscar nominees’ gift bag. It reportedly includes items ranging from $1,500 worth of French Mediterranean sea salts to a gift certificate for a $14,500 luxury train ride through the Canadian Rockies.

10. 45 seconds

This is the requested time limit for the acceptance speeches of this year’s winners.

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