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The Academy Awards have a long, illustrious and sometimes scandalous history. The first Academy Awards ceremony occurred in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929, and tickets for the event were a shocking $5 per person. The first Oscar statuette ever presented was received by Emil Jannings, who won for Best Actor in the film, The Command in 1929. Since the Academy Awards ceremony was first televised in 1953, this gathering of Hollywood royalty has become an event celebrated by film and pop-culture fans alike. From the question, "What are you wearing?" on the Red Carpet to the gracious losses and sometimes embarrassing acceptance speeches, the Oscars never fail to entertain.

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MYTH: Animation has been honored by the Academy for decades.

With the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, animation has had a long road when it comes to proving that the art form is worthy of garnering awards. Even though animated feature films have been popular for decades, the Best Animated Feature Film category wasn't added until 2001.

MYTH: The Academy voters are mostly actors who vote for their favorite actors.

Actors only make up about 25% of the Academy of Arts and Sciences members who vote for the nominees each year. The largest contingency of the Academy are known as the unaffiliated voters, who include professionals like producers, publicists, casting directors, and executives. This group gives the Oscars the unpredictability it needs, as nobody can tell how the unaffiliated voters will vote.

FACT: Box office performance effects a film's chances of being nominated.

There are many working parts that take an individual from Oscar nomination to acceptance speech. While critics may love a film, that feedback is often not enough to get the public into the seats. Nobody wants to be associated with a box office bomb, so films that don't do well - even modestly - are often ignored.

FACT: Nobody really knows how Oscar got his name.

While there is consensus that the gold statuette received his nickname in 1934, there are conflicting stories regarding exactly who coined it. One theory proposes that Margaret Herrick, the future Director of he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, called the statuette "Oscar" after her beloved uncle. Another claim backs this up, with Sidney Skolsky first documenting Margaret using that name, while another story has Walt Disney coining the term during his 1934 acceptance speech.

MYTH: Nominated actresses who appear nude in their films are more likely to win the Oscar.

Since Julie Christie bared her assets in the 1965 film Darling and then won the Oscar. In the last 25 years, less than 50% of the nominated actresses who appeared nude actually won. However, of the 22 women who have won the Best Actress award in the last 25 years, almost all of them have appeared nude on screen in one film or another.

FACT: Film critics help define who should be nominated for an Academy Award.

The movies - and the actors and actresses involved - are nominated largely with the help of critics who see and report on movies before the public at large are able to get a look. Critics encourage nominations through consensus, generating lists and opinions regarding the released films, actors, and actresses that are worthy of consideration.

MYTH: One film tends to win all of the presented awards.

While some films tend to nab more than one Academy Award for different categories, there has never been a film to receive all of them. Only three films have won a clean sweep of Academy Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, Best Actress and Best Actor. These films were 1934's It Happened One Night, 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and 1991's The Silence of the Lambs.

MYTH: Films released in the month of December have better chances of being nominated for an Academy Award.

This may have been true in the past, but now that studios send out screening copies to Academy voters, the timing of a film's release is not crucial for an Oscar nomination.