The Top 10 Things We Learned from Oscars 2013

04 Mar 2013
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Now that Oscars 2013 are over, here are some of our top 10 findings from this year’s red carpet coverage:

Award Wars: Golden Globes vs. Oscars1) A Golden Globe brings home more bucks than an Oscar.  According to our statistical analysis, a Golden Globe win is worth a $14.2 million box-office boost, on average, compared with $3 million for an Oscar.

2) BUT – the Oscars still matter. Film critic and historian, Leonard Maltin blogged for us about why. “Therein lies the Oscar conundrum: It isn’t a show, it’s an awards ceremony disguised as a show. If it were to change, it wouldn’t be the Oscars.”

3) Wolfgang Puck, the executive chef for the past 17 years of the annual after-Oscar Governor’s Ball, let us in on some insights on feeding the elite at the ultimate Hollywood party. For example: “Barbra Streisand loves the wild mushroom risotto with black truffles, and the slow-braised short ribs. And a few years ago, Danny DeVito asked for a double order of lobster.” More from Wolfgang’s interview here.

4) Didn’t think Seth MacFarlane was one of the best hosts? Well, he was probably better than no host, as  it occurred at the 1989 ceremony. Here are other strange-but-true stories from Academy Awards past.

5) Daniel Day-Lewis led the IPSOS/Reuters poll for best actor; it seemed the American public foresaw him breaking the record of being the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars in the 85-year history of the Academy Awards. The polled public guessed Jennifer Lawrence was going to win as well.

6) Cheechy, one of our called-upon primate Academy Awards prognosticators, held different views on who she thought would win. Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ball evaluated the monkey’s adorable — though not necessarily accurate — Academy Awards predictions.

7) Looking back at the history of the Academy Awards, the ceremony used to follow different protocols. For example, in 1929, tickets cost $5, the awards presentation only lasted 15 minutes and a mere 270 people attended.

8) The red carpet is ever-growing…literally. And not just for the Oscars. A producer explains how she helped roll out the Grammy Awards’ massive red carpet (which started under 100 ft. long and is now closer to 500 ft.) in the third installment of ”The Enablers: People who make awards shows shine”.

9) Actress Hattie McDaniel made it into the history books when she became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Gone With the Wind”. McDaniel’s victory was groundbreaking, but the Academy’s choice to seat her at the back of the room at the 1940s Academy Awards banquet, away from her fellow stars in the film, remained firmly mired in prejudice. You can see a photo of this in the interactive “An Insider’s View of the Oscars“–a zoom gallery using these historic images.

10) Simply put: The Academy Awards has provided us with some of the most stunning and emotive images we have ever seen.