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28 Surprising Oscar Facts

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For 91 years, the Academy Awards have been the standard of excellence in the film industry. From humble beginnings as a private ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to the 3,400 seat Dolby Theater and a telecast seen around the world, the Oscars remain the most glamorous, celebratory night for outstanding achievement in cinema.

But did you know that the first show in 1929 cost just $5 to attend? There is a 47-year spread between the oldest and youngest Best Actor winners? Or that the press used to receive the winner’s names in advance? In anticipation of the big show on February 24, we've gathered some surprising facts, guaranteed to impress your Oscar party mates.

Read on to learn more about the oldest and youngest winners, posthumous recipients, and even some winners that never existed.