88th OSCARS® FACT SHEET 88th Oscars Information

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88th OSCARS® FACT SHEET
88th Oscars Information
Number of features eligible for Best Picture this year
(88th Oscars, 2015)
307
Number of features eligible for Best Picture last year
(87th Oscars, 2014)
320
Number of countries submitting foreign language films 80
Number of voting members 6,261 (as of 12/3/15)
Number of ushers / ticket takers inside the Dolby™
Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®
60
Number of Red Carpet fan bleacher seats 745
Number of people who work in the Oscar® telecast
production office
Approx. 250
Number of production vehicles / trailers
(including press and catering)
Approx. 100
Number of crew members working during the telecast Approx. 270
Telecast rating and share for 87th Oscars Rating: 20.6 Share: 33
How many Americans watched the 87th Oscars?
(estimate)
Average U.S. audience:
37.3 million
Number of countries in which the 88th Oscar telecast
will be seen
More than 225
Estimated global viewership of 88th Oscars Several hundred million
Number of Oscar statuettes given out at the 87th
Oscars
51
Number of competitive award categories for the 88th
Oscars
24
Awards presented at the Governors Awards on
November 14, 2015
Honorary Awards (Oscar
statuettes) to Spike Lee
and Gena Rowlands;
Debbie Reynolds
received the Jean
Hersholt Humanitarian
Award (Oscar statuette)
Oscars Press
88th OSCARS® FACT SHEET
Number of press organizations requesting credentials
for 88th Oscars
787
Number of outlets issued credentials for the 87th
Oscars
288
Total number press credentials issued for the 87th
Oscars (including technical personnel)
1415
Number of still photographers on the red carpet for
the 87th Academy Awards
63
Number of TV press for the 87th Oscars, including
camera operators, audio technicians and other crew
1013
Number of print reporters on the red carpet for the
87th Oscars
36
The Oscar® Statuette
Total number of Oscar statuettes presented since the
first Oscars
3,001
(includes the 3 Oscars®
presented at the
Governors Awards event
on November 14, 2015)
Height of Oscar statuette 13½ inches
Diameter of Oscar statuette base 5¼ inches
Weight of Oscar statuette 8½ pounds
Design: A stylized figure of a knight
holding a crusader's sword
standing on a reel of film
with five spokes signifying
the five original branches
of the Academy (actors,
directors, producers,
technicians and writers).
No model was used during
the design process.
Oscar® Telecast
Best rating and share in the past 30 years Best rating: 34.9 in 1998
(share: 55)
Latest telecast date in the past 20 years March 29, 1999
(71st Academy Awards)
Earliest telecast date in the past 20 years February 22 (81st
Oscars held in 2009 and
87th Oscars held in
88th OSCARS® FACT SHEET
2015)
Longest Oscar telecast 74th Oscars show, in
2002, with a running time
of 4 hours, 23 minutes
Shortest Oscar telecast 31st Academy Awards
show, in 1959, with a
running time of 1 hour,
40 minutes
Date of first televised show March 19, 1953
(25th Academy Awards)
Date since which ABC has been the broadcaster of
the Academy Awards (uninterrupted)
March 29, 1976
(48th Academy Awards)
Total number of years that ABC has broadcast the
Academy Awards (including this year)
51 (ABC was the
broadcaster for a 10-
year stint from the 33rd
to 42nd Academy
Awards, in addition to its
current run)
Oscar Venues
Venue that has hosted the most Oscar presentations Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion, with 25 Oscar
shows
Number of Oscar shows hosted at the Dolby Theatre
(formerly Kodak Theatre), including the 88th
Academy Awards
15
Seating capacity of the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night 3,300
Length of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre Approx. 500 feet
Width of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre Approx. 33 feet
Miscellaneous Oscar® Trivia
Person who has hosted the most Oscar shows Bob Hope, with 19 host
appearances
Oldest Oscars show poster in the collection of the
Margaret Herrick Library
32nd Academy Awards
show poster (show on
April 4, 1960 honoring
films of 1959)
Size of most common set-dressing Oscar 34 in. diameter (base)
7½ feet tall
65 pounds
Governors Ball
88th OSCARS® FACT SHEET
Date of the first Governors Ball March 26, 1958,
following the 30th
Academy Awards
presentation. Held at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel, in
the Grand Ballroom
Number of Governors Balls, including the 88th Oscars
58
Since 1958 the number of times there has not been a
Governors Ball
1 (40th Academy
Awards) – cancelled
after the assassination of
Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.
Size of the The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood &
Highland Center
25,090 square feet

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