Oscars by the Numbers: Fun Facts on the Film Industry's Biggest Awards Show

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Brush up on numerical statistics about the Academy Awards ahead of this year's ceremony on Feb. 28.

The Oscars are arguably the film industry's biggest awards show. But just how big is the annual trophyfest?

From the number of viewers to voters to statuettes handed out, brush up on those and more numerical stats ahead of this year's Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

American viewers last year: 37.3 million

Estimated global viewership: Several hundred million 

Voting members: 6,261

Competitive award categories: 24

Oscar statuettes given out at last year's Academy Awards: 51

Number of features eligible for Best Picture this year: 307

Number of features eligible for Best Picture last year: 320

Countries showing the Oscar telecast: 225

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)

There has always been a Governor’s ball since 1958 except for one time: It was canceled after the 40th Academy Awards due to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Seating capacity at the Dolby Theatre: 3,300

Size of red carpet: 500 feet (width) by 33 feet (length)

Venue that has hosted the most Oscar presentations: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Total years ABC has broadcasted the awards: 51

Longest Oscar telecast: 74th Oscars in 2002 at 4 hours, 23 minutes

Shortest Oscar telecast: 31st Oscars in 1959 at 1 hour, 40 minutes

First televised show: March 19, 1953 for the 25th Oscars

Number of Oscar statuettes presented since the first Oscars: 3,001

Total press credentials for last year's Oscars: 1,415

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Chris Rock and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 28, live on ABC.

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