25 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets About The Oscars That You Probably Never Knew, But Should

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Shockingly, the Oscars red carpet isn’t even a traditional “red”; it’s actually more of a burgundy.

Billie Eilish on the red carpet


Each nominee is given a complimentary pair of tickets, but additional tickets cost between $150-$1,000.

Oscars tickets


The Vanity Fair Oscar Party is the most popular afterparty for those who attend the ceremony (and for those who don’t, too) — tickets reportedly range from $25,000-$105,000.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, and Jaden Smith


All 25 nominees from the top individual categories receive a six-figure gift bag with several luxury items — this year’s includes skincare products from Miage, luggage and flip-flops from Havaianas, hair restoration services from Bauman Medical, a silk pillowcase from Blush Silks, and a travel pillow from PETA.

Celebs holding their Oscars


The Oscar statuettes are made of solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. They’re also 13.5 inches tall and weigh 8.5 pounds.

Oscars statues


Immediately after winners receive their Oscar, they must sign an agreement that states if they ever wish to sell their statuette, they must offer it to the Academy first for $1.

Daniel Kaluuya and his Oscar


Michael Jackson actually holds the record for buying the most expensive Oscar statuette where he paid $1.5M for David O. Selznick’s Best Picture award for Gone with the Wind. Unfortunately, the Oscar statuette has been missing since Jackson’s death in 2009.

Michael Jackson and Selznick with his Oscar


It takes 18 people and almost 900 hours of work to lay down the red carpet for the event.

People rolling out the red carpet


There are 735 bleacher seats available for fans to watch celebrities walk the red carpet — fans are chosen through lottery, promotions, contests, and are sometimes friends and family members of attendees.

Areas for press and fans


Back in 2000, Angelina Jolie got locked out of the ceremony the same year she won Best Supporting Actress.

Angelina Jolie holding her Oscar


The Academy Awards nominees and winners are selected by the members of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, which has more than 6,000 members.

Two men holding their Oscars


When voting for the Academy Award nominees, people don’t just vote for their favorite, they actually submit a list of their top five favorites ranked.

Best Actress nominees


While there’s no cash prize for winning an Oscar, each Best Actor and Best Actress winner gets an estimated 20% boost on their pay for the next film.

Halle Berry accepting her Oscar


Until the envelopes are opened on stage, only two people from PricewaterhouseCoopers (the company that tallies the votes) actually know who the winners are.

An envelope with the Best Picture winner


Walt Disney holds the record for most Oscars ever won; he received 26 Academy Awards during his lifetime.

Walt Disney holding his Oscars


The Dolby Theater has hosted the Oscars since 2001, and when you first walk in, all the Best Picture winners are engraved on the walls — there are even blank spots for future winners all the way until 2071.

Entrance to the Dolby Theater


Katharine Hepburn is the actor who currently holds the record for most Oscars won — she won Best Actress in 1934, 1968, 1969, and 1982.

Katharine Hepburn


The night before the ceremony, there’s a dress rehearsal where presenters, performers, and hosts show up and practice the entire awards show with stand-in winners, fake winners’ envelopes, and plaster replicas of the statuettes.

An Oscars dress rehearsal


For rehearsal purposes, fake winners’ envelopes are made for every single nominee, and the presenter doesn’t know which one they’ll get to read at the rehearsal.

Warren Beatty holding an envelope


Back in 1973, Marlon Brando won Best Actor for his performance in The Godfather, but he refused the award and boycotted the ceremony.

Sacheen Littlefeather refuses the Oscar and says Marlon Brando is protesting the representation of Native Americans in movies and on TV.


The seating arrangements are made with specific camera moments in mind. Directors and actors are often seated so other potential winners from the same movie will pass by them on the way to the stage.

Celebs at the Oscars


There’s also a seating area called “the mocked ones” that’s saved for people who’ve been nominated several times but have yet to win.

The audience at the Oscars


Seat fillers are required to sign NDAs and basically be as low-key as possible, in an effort to draw little to no attention to themselves — they aren’t allowed to talk to the celebrities unless spoken to.

"Are you a seat filler?"


There are nearly 200 award nameplates made for every nominee’s name to factor in all the potential winners.

People holding Oscar awards


And finally, a man once streaked onstage at the Academy Awards.

A man streaking at the Oscars

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