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Academy Awards - statistics & facts

The Academy Awards ceremony is arguably the most important awards show in the entire entertainment industry. Each year, celebrities flock to the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to witness the recognition of the biggest names in the film industry, while viewers at home tune in by the millions to see their favorite actors and actresses on the red carpet. In 1998, the Oscars drew an audience of more than 55 million people in the United States, making it the highest-rated ceremony in the history of the telecast. Since then, the number of Academy Awards viewers has almost halved, reaching an all-time low of around 23.6 million viewers in 2020. At the 92nd Academy Awards, which were held on February 9, 2020, Bong Joon-ho's “Parasite” brought home the highest number of awards and became the first foreign-language film to receive the coveted Best Picture prize.

Who has won the most Academy Awards?

Over the past nine decades, numerous actors and filmmakers from the United States and abroad have been nominated for an Academy Award. While the list of Oscar contenders is expanded and reshuffled every year, some names have become permanent fixtures of the event: Meryl Streep has been nominated 21 times, making her the individual with the most Oscar nominations of all time. With three Oscar wins as of 2021, she also ranks second behind Katherine Hepburn in the running for the actress or actor with the most Oscars. While women currently top both rankings, female representation at the Academy Awards still is a much-discussed issue, as the majority of Oscar nominees and recipients are male. Despite visible progress, women only account for 30 percent of all non-acting Academy Award nominees, and in 2020, no woman was nominated in the categories Best Director and Cinematography.

Oscars viewership and advertising

While global media outlets provide extensive coverage of the Academy Awards and millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the live show every year, the ABC telecast has suffered visible audience losses for over a decade. Other award formats and live entertainment shows such as the Emmys also face an ongoing decline in viewership numbers as fans increasingly catch up on show highlights online. While fewer fans sit through the three-plus-hour live event and its commercial breaks, advertising revenue at the Academy Awards has continuously surpassed 100 million U.S. dollars since 2015, making the Oscars night ABC's most profitable annual television broadcast. How financial figures and the overall appeal of the show will evolve in 2021 and the years to come depends not only on the format that the ceremony will adapt amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but, most importantly, the steps that the Academy will take to ensure the inclusion of underrepresented groups on and off-screen.

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Academy Awards - statistics & facts

The Academy Awards ceremony is arguably the most important awards show in the entire entertainment industry. Each year, celebrities flock to the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to witness the recognition of the biggest names in the film industry, while viewers at home tune in by the millions to see their favorite actors and actresses on the red carpet. In 1998, the Oscars drew an audience of more than 55 million people in the United States, making it the highest-rated ceremony in the history of the telecast. Since then, the number of Academy Awards viewers has almost halved, reaching an all-time low of around 23.6 million viewers in 2020. At the 92nd Academy Awards, which were held on February 9, 2020, Bong Joon-ho's “Parasite” brought home the highest number of awards and became the first foreign-language film to receive the coveted Best Picture prize.

Who has won the most Academy Awards?

Over the past nine decades, numerous actors and filmmakers from the United States and abroad have been nominated for an Academy Award. While the list of Oscar contenders is expanded and reshuffled every year, some names have become permanent fixtures of the event: Meryl Streep has been nominated 21 times, making her the individual with the most Oscar nominations of all time. With three Oscar wins as of 2021, she also ranks second behind Katherine Hepburn in the running for the actress or actor with the most Oscars. While women currently top both rankings, female representation at the Academy Awards still is a much-discussed issue, as the majority of Oscar nominees and recipients are male. Despite visible progress, women only account for 30 percent of all non-acting Academy Award nominees, and in 2020, no woman was nominated in the categories Best Director and Cinematography.

Oscars viewership and advertising

While global media outlets provide extensive coverage of the Academy Awards and millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the live show every year, the ABC telecast has suffered visible audience losses for over a decade. Other award formats and live entertainment shows such as the Emmys also face an ongoing decline in viewership numbers as fans increasingly catch up on show highlights online. While fewer fans sit through the three-plus-hour live event and its commercial breaks, advertising revenue at the Academy Awards has continuously surpassed 100 million U.S. dollars since 2015, making the Oscars night ABC's most profitable annual television broadcast. How financial figures and the overall appeal of the show will evolve in 2021 and the years to come depends not only on the format that the ceremony will adapt amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but, most importantly, the steps that the Academy will take to ensure the inclusion of underrepresented groups on and off-screen.

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