The youngest actress to win a standard Oscar was Tatum O`Neal, who was 10 years old when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for ‘Paper Moon’ in 1974.
Jessica Tandy was the oldest Oscar winner when she won her Best Actress Oscar at the age of 81 for the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’.
The oldest actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor was Henry Fonda, for ‘On Golden Pond’ at the age of 76.
The youngest person to ever receive an Oscar was 5-year-old Shirley Temple - in 1934.
However, Shirley`s Oscar was an honorary one.
The three movies that have won the most Oscars are: ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ (2003), ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘Ben-Hur’ (1959). All three movies won 11 statuettes.
The actor with the most total Oscar nominations is Jack Nicholson, who was nominated 12 times (winning three times - twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor.)
Meryl Streep now holds the record for the most total Oscar nominations, with 16 nominations.
The longest acceptance speech ever given at an Academy Awards ceremony was given by Greer Garson, when she accepted her award for Best Actress in 1942`s ‘Mrs. Miniver’. It`s uncertain exactly how long she spoke - most sources agree it was somewhere between 5 1/2 and 7 minutes.
And some memorable quotes….
Cate Blanchett, (after winning the award for Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator)
Thank you to Martin Scorsese. I hope my son will marry your daughter.
No matter what you say to yourself, you do want to win. You try to look casual, like you`re not thinking, `Oh, please pick me.`
Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby)
[On a double win for black actors] It means that Hollywood is continuing to make history. We`re evolving with the rest of the world.
Robin Williams (at the71st Academy Awards)
[before opening an envelope] I feel like Adam when he said to Eve, `Back up, I don`t know how big this gets.`
Jane Fonda, (Best Actress, 1972 Academy Awards)
There`s a great deal to say, but I`m not going to say it tonight.