Some unknown facts about the best Oscar winning movies
While we eagerly waiting to see who wins the Oscars this year, we found some amazing facts about some of the most memorable hits of the past years. If you’re a movie buff, you would love to know how things unfolded on the silver screen. So read on to know some lesser known facts behind your favourite movies.
1. The chronical on the hunt and assassination of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty received an Oscar for best achievement in sound editing. But little is known about the original story of the movie. The movie was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. After bin Laden’s death , the screenplay was later completely re-written and to give a proper account of his assassination at the hands of Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6.
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2. When Justin Henry at the age of 8 was Oscar nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Kramer vs Kramer, he became the youngest ever person to be nominated for this award as well as the youngest ever Oscar nominee in any category, a record which still stands today unbroken.
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3. Nominated for Best Actor in Leading Role, Robert De Niro made a huge fan base with his work in Taxi Driver. But his brilliant portrayal of the taxi driver demanded a rigorous routine. Robert worked fifteen hour days for a month driving cabs as preparation for this role, and also studied mental illness. The result was a superb performance!
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4. Miles Teller has been drumming since he was 15 years old but he took additional lessons for 4 hours a day to prepare for the movie Whiplash. Apart from drums, he also played the saxophone as a part of a rock band besides being the president of Drama Club.
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5. Nominated for Best Visual Effects in 2002, Spiderman was a roaring success across the globe. However, little is known that the scene in which Peter Parker catches Mary Jane’s lunch on the tray involved no effects or Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). With the help of a sticky substance to keep the tray planted on his hand and after 156 takes, Tobey Maguire performed the stunt exactly as seen.
6. Life of Pi won 4 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Cinematography and much credit goes to the young Suraj Sharma who had never acted before this movie. Surprisingly, Life of Pi was Suraj Sharma’s first movie and he was chosen out of about 3,000 actors to portray the role of Pi Patel.
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7. The 1995 hit film Braveheart starring Mel Gibson won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture award. A really interesting fact is that Mel Gibson turned down the roles of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), Two-Face in Batman Forever (1995) due to his commitment to this film.
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8. The 1997 hit Independence Day had an unbelievable 3000 Visual Effect shots, making it win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Interestingly, White House which exploded was a model built at 1/12 scale, just to be blown up. Nine cameras filmed the explosion at various speeds, then played back at normal speed to make the explosion seem larger and slower on film.
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9. The movie depicting the real accounts of the Blue John Canyon tragedy face by Aron Ralston, 127 hours was gripping and was nominated for 5 Oscar categories. The camcorder used by James Franco in the film was the actual one Aron Ralston used when he was trapped.
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10. Winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Dead Poets Society truly touched a million hearts and made Robbin Williams’ performance one of the most memorable. Interestingly, Liam Neeson had originally landed the leading role to be directed by Jeff Kanew, but lost it to Robin Williams when director Peter Weir came on board. And what attracted Robin Williams to the role of John was that John Keating was the type of teacher he, in his school days, always wished he had.
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