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The Oscar statuette weighs 6 3/4 pounds, and stands 13 1/2 inches high. It was named by Margaret Herrick, who remarked in 1931 (upon seeing the statuettes), "Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!" Her uncle's full name, by the way, was Oscar Pierce

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 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.)

George Burns was the oldest Oscar winner when he won as Best Supporting Actor for "The Sunshine Boys." at age 80 (in 1976).

But that mark was later surpassed by Jessica Tandy, who won her Best Actress Oscar at age 81 for "Driving Miss Daisy."

The oldest actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor was Henry Fonda, for "On Golden Pond". He was 76.  

The two movies that won the most Oscars were "Ben-Hur" (1959) and "Titanic" (1997). Both movies won 11 statuettes.

(Second place is held by "West Side Story," which won ten Oscars.)  

The actress with the most Academy Awards for "Best Actress " is Katharine Hepburn, who won four of the golden statuettes (in 1932, 1967, 1968 & 1981.)

The title for the most "Best Actor." awards, though, is shared by seven different actors (Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Fredric March, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks) who each won two Oscars.

The actor with the most total Oscar nominations is Jack Nicholson, who was nominated 11 times (winning three times - twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor.

Two actresses are tied for the most total Oscar nominations: Katharine HepburnMeryl Streep with 12 nominations each.

The individual who was awarded the most total Oscars was none other than Walt Disney, who walked away with 20 Academy Awards over his lifetime.

He had 64 total Oscar 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.

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