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Charlize Theron was the original choice to play the main character, and the got part but eventually had to reaudition due to financial reasons, and was not cast
The last black and white movie to win best picture until 33 years later
Leading Lady's Best Actress acceptance speech lasted an incredible 5 1/2 minutes, making it a Hollywood record
Whereas the play had only 19 characters, there are 153 parts in the film
The Leading Lady underwent a serious training schedule to prepare for this film. She gained nearly 20 pounds of muscle due to the workouts
The campaign montages were shot by Don Siegel
In Spain the film is known as 'Smiles and Tears'. In France it is known as 'The Melody of Happiness'
Second of only three films to win every major Academy Award, including Best Picture
First movie to have a black actor win an Oscar
The first sports film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
Set in a hot Mississippi summer but filmed during Autumn in Illinois, many of the actors had to keep ice chips in their mouths to prevent their breath to appear on screen
The Paris train station set was recycled from Now, Voyager
First winner of 'The Big Five'
The deaths of approximately twenty-eight people who died playing Russian roulette were reported as having been influenced by scenes in the movie
Only best picture to be rated X
The role of Emma was originally written for Sissy Spacek
Alfred Hitchcock's first american movie
This is the movie with the most uses of the word '****' and its derivatives (237) to win the Best Picture Oscar
Leading lady's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, despite her lengthy preparation for the role
Darryl F. Zanuck originally intended the film to be a four-hour epic to rival Gone with the Wind
The cast had to mouth the songs as production was so swift that the score had yet to recorded by the time it came to filming
In the original version of the script, there was a separate story that included one of the characters having a gay lover who dies in Vietnam.
The only G-rated film to be honored with an Academy Award for Best Picture
Billy Wilder contributed to the first draft of the screenplay for this film, and at one time early in its production, was set to direct it
Studio bosses - most of whom were Jewish themselves - urged the director not to make the film
The film helped to popularize Aloha shirts
Dustin Hoffman had expressed an early desire to play the title role but was offered Tootsie the same year and ended up taking the latter role.
Audrey Hepburn was the first choice to play the main character, but turned it down because she felt that she was too old
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The movie was named as one of 'The 20 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time' by Premiere
For in-flight viewing, several airlines deleted the sequence in which Raymond reels off statistics on airline accidents
No words are spoken during the last 20 minutes and 25 seconds of the film
The only film of the 2000s to gross under $2 million in its opening weekend, that went on to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
There are no women speaking in the film
From first draft of the screenplay to final cut took four years
Mercedes-Benz asked that its logos be removed in scenes taking place in the slums. The companydid not want to be associated with the poverty-stricken areas
The film is the only Best Picture Oscar winner to have fewer than a thousand votes on IMDb
The only film to have three nominees for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Ranks first in the Most Academy Award Nominated Films with 14 nominations, set a record which has been tied only by the No.2 Titanic
Costume designer Janty Yates and her team created more than 10,000 costumes for the cast and extras
Almost all of John Lennon’s dialog is from his song 'Imagine' ('No possessions', 'No religion too', 'It's easy if you try...”)
First PG-rated film to win Best Picture
The movie lost $565,000 on a budget of $1.433 million. It was re-released in 1935 and the red ink mostly disappeared off RKO's books
Was the first film to be filmed at Fox Studios Baja
The bridge cost $250,000 to build; construction began before anyone had been cast
Some of the Vietnamese cast members were actually tourists who were vacationing in the Philippines at the time of filming
The fourth of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy
100,000 people lined the streets of Wellington for the world premiere. That's roughly a quarter of the city's population
Shortest Best Picture
Close to a million feet of film was shot in total
The Last film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture without a Best Film Editing nomination
The first talkie war film to win Academy Awards
The screenwriter of this film is the oldest to win the Academy Award for Original Screeplay
Sets and costumes for the operatic productions were based on sketches of the original costumes and sets used when the operas premiered
The woman who won best supporting actress could have been nominated for best actress, but because she was lesser known, they put her in the supporting category
The 'male military band' featured several women disguised with false mustaches
First originally R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture
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The first film to win the Oscars for Best Film and Best Song
The first biographical picture to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
The only movie to win Best Picture and nothing else
The movie is often cited as the least deserved Best Picture winner ever
The first non-American film to win the Oscar for Best Picture
The first musical to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
Frank Sinatra wanted the lead part but was never even considered for it, however a part of the movie was apparently based on a part of his downhill career, later proving to be not
The first of only three films to win 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
The only film to have three performers nominated in the Best Actor category at the Academy Awards
One of only 4 productions to win both the Best Play Tony and the Best Picture Oscar
Actress winning for this picture is the oldest Oscar winner
For his performance this man became the only actor to win two Academy Awards for the same role
The first movie sequel to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
Received the most Oscars without a Best Director win
Edith Head won her 8th and final Best Costume Design Academy Award for this film
With inflation, the $1,000 bounty on the cowboys would be the equivalent to $22,040.90 in 2008
JoBeth Williams's funny nude scene was optically darkened for the film's theatrical run, to avoid an R rating. The un-darkened version frequently appears in some television prints
This was the first time that any film crews had been given permission to film in Bellevue Hospital
A majority of the actors and extras in this film were actually Irish, although they are supposed to be Scottish or English
The film was shot on location in Africa, but local laws prohibited the use of wild animals in film. Trained lions were imported from California
Alvy's sneezing into the cocaine was an unscripted accident. When previewed, the audience laughed so loud that director Allen decided to leave it in
The lowest grossing Best Picture Oscar winner
The first film to win the Best Picture Oscar that was widely available on home video at the time of the ceremony
The first movie to be set primarily or entirely in Los Angeles and win a Best Picture Oscar
The film utilized the talents of, at that time the most animals ever in any film
First picture ever to have a woman win Best Director
The only silent movie to win best picture

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