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Oscars Facts: 23 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Academy Awards

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The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!

We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 23 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.

1. The youngest Oscar winner was, who won Best Supporting Actress for (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.

2. At 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Academy Award. He received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in "Beginners" (2010) opposite .

3. After winning Best Actress for (1972), became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, , received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, won Best Director for (1958).

4. Nameplates for all potential winners are prepared ahead of time; this year, the Academy made 215 of them!

5. The first Academy Awards were presented in 1929 at a private dinner of about 270 people. It was first televised in 1953, and now the Oscars ceremony can be seen in more than 200 countries.

6. Only three women have received Best Director nominations, while Kathryn Bigelow is the lone winner for (2009). Interestingly, Bigelow beat out ex-husband James Cameron, who was nominated for the technological wonder "."

7. Peter Finch and are the only actors to be awarded an Academy Award posthumously. Ledger's Oscar - and his entire fortune - was gifted to his young daughter, Matilda.

8. has been nominated a record 18 times, winning three Best Actress Oscars - the last for "The Iron Lady" (2011).

9. won a record four Academy Awards - all Best Actress Oscars - the last for "On Golden Pond" (1981), which starred another Hollywood legend.

10. is the most-nominated male actor, receiving 12 Oscar nominations beginning with 1969's "." His three wins tie him with and .

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