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13 Things You Didn't Know About The Oscars

The Academy Awards are on Sunday, and if the conversation at your Oscar party runs dry -- and even your best talking points have come up short -- we've got a solution: 13 facts you didn't know about the Oscars. From the shortest Oscars ceremony in history to the awards dominance of "Ben Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," this animated video provides a baker's dozen of key details surrounding the Academy Awards. Watch above.

Video produced and animated by Eva Hill.

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  • 1 "Birdman"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
  • 2 "Boyhood"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
  • 3 "Selma"
    Nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song.
  • 4 "American Sniper
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
  • 5 "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing.
  • 6 "The Imitation Game"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.
  • 7 "The Theory of Everything"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.
  • 8 "Whiplash"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor (JK Simmons).
  • 9 Bradley Cooper
    Nominated for Best Actor in "American Sniper."
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "American Sniper."
  • 10 Wes Anderson
    Nominated for Best Director for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
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    Nominated for Best Director for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • 11 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    Nominated for best Director for "Birdman"
    Omar Vega/Invision/AP
    Nominated for best Director for "Birdman"
  • 12 Richard Linklater
    Nominated for best Director for "Boyhood"
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    Nominated for best Director for "Boyhood"
  • 13 Bennett Miller
    Nominated for best Director for "Foxcatcher"
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for best Director for "Foxcatcher"
  • 14 Morten Tyldum
    Nominated for best Director for "The Imitation Game"
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for best Director for "The Imitation Game"
  • 15 Marion Cotillard
    Nominated for Best Actress in “Two Days, One Night.”
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Actress in “Two Days, One Night.”
  • 16 Felicity Jones
    Nominated for Best Actress in "The Theory of Everything."
    Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Actress in "The Theory of Everything."
  • 17 Julianne Moore
    Nominated for Best Actress in "Still Alice."
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Actress in "Still Alice."
  • 18 Rosamund Pike
    Nominated for Best Actress in "Gone Girl."
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    Nominated for Best Actress in "Gone Girl."
  • 19 Reese Witherspoon
    Nominated for Best Actress in "Wild."
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Actress in "Wild."
  • 20 Steve Carrell
    Nominated for Best Actor in "Foxcatcher."
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "Foxcatcher."
  • 21 Benedict Cumberbatch
    Nominated for Best Actor in "The Imitation Game."
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "The Imitation Game."
  • 22 Michael Keaton
    Nominated for Best Actor in "Birdman."
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Actor in "Birdman."
  • 23 Robert Duvall
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "The Judge."
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "The Judge."
  • 24 Ethan Hawke
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Boyhood."
    Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Boyhood."
  • 25 Edward Norton
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Birdman."
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Birdman."
  • 26 Mark Ruffalo
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Foxcatcher."
    Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Foxcatcher."
  • 27 JK Simmons Portrait Session
    American actor in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize-winning film "Whiplash" J.K. Simmons po
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    American actor in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize-winning film "Whiplash" J.K. Simmons poses for a portrait, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
  • 28 Patricia Arquette
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Boyhood."
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Boyhood."
  • 29 Laura Dern
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Wild."
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Wild."
  • 30 Keira Knightley
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "The Imitation Game."
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "The Imitation Game."
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