Oscar trivia

The Academy Award nominations will be announced tomorrow, Jan. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

In the meantime, here’s some Oscar trivia:

-The Oscars are officially called The Academy Awards.

-Cedric Gibbons designed the infamous Oscar statuette of a knight clutching a sword. The knight is posted on a reel of film with five spokes made to represent the five branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.

-Actor Emil Jannings received the first Oscar in 1929 for his work in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh.”

-The first Academy Awards was May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in the Blossom Room. Fifteen statuettes were given out that evening.

-In 1938, the Academy was forced to delay the ceremony for one week due to massive flooding in Los Angeles.

-Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to receive an Oscar. She won for her performance in “Gone with the Wind.”

-The 1966 ceremony was the first to be televised in color.