Oscar facts no one really needs to know

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rounded up these interesting Oscar factoids you can drop at parties or while buying popcorn at the multiplex, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

This year’s host: First-timer Ellen DeGeneres
Most popular host: Bob Hope, 19 host appearances
Suggested length of acceptance speech: 45 seconds
Number of voting members: 5,830
Kodak seating capacity on Oscar night: 3,300
Seat fillers: Approximately 250
Ushers/ticket takers: 40
Outdoor bleacher seats: 612
People who work in the production office: Approximately 300
Production vehicles/trailers, including for press and catering: About 100
Cameras used during the show: 14 high-definition cameras for the pre-show, 20 for the show
Crew members: Roughly 130 during pre-show, 350 during telecast
Date of first televised show: March 19, 1953
Longest televised show: 74th Academy Awards, in 2002, at 4 hours, 23 minutes
Shortest televised show: 31st Academy Awards, in 1959, at 1 hour, 40 minutes
Latest telecast date in past 20 years: April 11, 1988
Earliest telecast date in past 20 years: Feb. 25, 2007

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