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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