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These insane numbers show how influential the Oscars are around the world

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:50 IST

The Oscars are everywhere - the internet lit up yesterday, Feb 29, with tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos and thousands of articles on those who won, lost, made history, or failed to.

The upsets (Spotlight for Best Pictue) sat alongside the relief (Leo, finally!). The icons alongside first-timers on the red carpet (hello, Priyanka Chopra).

Here's a look at what went down on Oscar night, by the numbers.


The maximum number of Oscars won by a single film this year. The film? Mad Max: Fury Road.

The Revenant followed with 3, while the night's surprise may well have been Spotlight, with 2.

Others included:

  • The Big Short - 1

  • The Danish Girl - 1

  • Ex Machina - 1

  • Inside Out - 1
  • Bridge Of Spies - 1

  • Amy - 1

  • Son Of Saul - 1

  • The Hateful Eight - 1
  • Spectre - 1

  • Room - 1


The maximum wins for any studio, in this case Warner Bros, followed by A24 and 20th Century Fox with 3 each.

Other winners included:

  • Disney - 2
  • Open Road Films - 2

  • Focus Features - 1

  • Paramount Pictures - 1

  • MGM - 1
  • Sony Pictures Classics - 1

  • The Weinstein Company - 1


That's what a 30-second ad spot cost advertisers during the telecast, a new record. And they say broadcast TV is dead.


That's how long it took Leo to get here, with four nominations before he finally won the Academy Award on this, his fifth outing.

While there's almost universal agreement that Leo deserved to win an Oscar, not everyone is convinced The Revenant is the film he deserved to win it for. But when it's been this long in the making,


tweets per minute

The new record for Twitter engagement at any event, which happened when Leo's Best Actor Oscar was finally announced.

This beat the previous record, also set at the Oscars - Ellen DeGeneres' now epic selfie last year, which hit 255,000 tweets per minute.

The other moments that generated almost manic Twitter buzz?

When Spotlight won Best Picture and when Mad Max: Fury Road clocked its 6th Oscar win - this one for Sound Mixing


The number of countries that tuned in for the live telecast of the Oscars, making it clear that if something does unify the world come 2016, it's entertainment.


The length of the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre that saw everyone from legends to first-timers strut their stuff. Among those, Priyanka Chopra in a Zuhair Murad Spring 2016 gown that quickly made her the second most searched red-carpet celebrity at this year's Oscars.

She also gave tips on striking a pose while she was at it.


The number of black actors in the Oscars' now 88 year history to have won an award, a subject that has been up for intense scrutiny ever since the nominations were announced earlier this year.

#OscarsSoWhite hit the list of top trends and A-listers including power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as celebrated director Spike Lee.


The staggering number of Oscar nominations Steven Speilberg's films have received over the years.

It managed to win an Oscar, this Sunday, in the Best Supporting Actor category.

It went to 56-year-old Mark Rylance for his turn as an undercover KGB agent in Bridge of Spies; he beat out favourite Sylvestor Stallone, who was widely expected to walk away with the statuette for his reprisal of Rocky Balboa in Creed.


That's how old Ennio Morricone, the oldest Academy Award Winner in history is (for the competitive categories). He won on Sunday for Best Original Score for The Hateful Eight.

The previous oldest winner was 81 year old Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.


That's how many members of press attended the Oscar ceremony, making it one of the most globally covered media events of the year.The seating capacity inside the Dolby Theatre stands at 3,300.

3 hours
37 minutes

That's how long it took to give out all the awards on Sunday, running over most people's estimates significantly.

The shortest Oscar telecast in history was back in 1959 - it lasted only 1 hour and 40 minutes.

2016's wasn't the longest by a long shot, though; that honour wene to 2002, when the broadcast lasted a whopping 4 hours and 23 minutes, and handed out 74 Academy Awards.


That's how long it took to break the previous record for back-to-back Best Director wins.

This year, of course, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu managed that feat when he took home the trophy for The Revenant; last year, he won for Birdman.

The previous record holder was Joseph Mankiewicz for People Will Talk and All About Eve around 1950.


Cost of a ticket to one of the most celebrated after-parties in all of Hollywood - Elton John and David Furnish's annual charity affair that draws Hollywood's it crowd on a night when they're in demand absolutely everywhere.

But with drama, celebration and glamour on offer in excess, the price is insignificant for what it buys attendees.


The amount of shrimp served in the main press room at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Oscar night.

Why? Don't ask us. But seafood is a serious theme at the Oscars, with lobster, crab, shrimp and smoked salmon dominating menus.


The cost of the outfits worn by the 20 people nominated in best actor and actress and supporting actor and actress categories.


The most pricey male outfit on the red carpet, this one by Michael Fassbender.


The most expensive female outfit, worn by Charlotte Rampling, which left Fassbender looking like a discount shopper by comparison.

First published: 1 March 2016, 5:07 IST
Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla

Sahil is a sports and tech correspondent on the speed news desk at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.