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  • The only engraving mistake ever made was on the 1938 Best Actor statuette. The award was to Spencer Tracy for 'Boys Town' but instead it read 'Best Actor: Dick Tracy.

  • Between 1936 and 1939, members of the Board of the Academy had to pay for Oscar statuettes out of their own pockets because the Academy didn't have the money.

  • During WW2, from 1942 until 1944, the Oscar was made of plaster. They were replaced later with the real thing.

  • Supporting actors and actresses did not receive full statues until 1943. Instead, they won plaques.

  • The only winner ever to present an Oscar to himself was Irving Berlin. In 1942, he presented himself the Best Song award for White Christmas.

  • The first presentation was on May 16, 1929 at a banquet at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

  • The first radio broadcast was on April 3, 1930 over KNX for a 1 hour broadcast.

  • The first televised broadcast was on March 19, 1953 over NBC-TV from Pantages in Hollywood and NBC theater in New York.

  • The first color telecast was on April 18, 1966 over ABC-TV from Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

  • The only X-rated film to win the Best Picture was for Midnight Cowboy in 1969.