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