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Top 10 Oscar Movies: Fun Facts & Trivia

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Top 10 Oscar Movies Fun Facts

Here at we love Oscars and came up with a top 10 list of the movies that won “Best Picture” award between 1980 and 2011. To add a little bit more “fun” we thought it would have been useful to picture where the filming locations throughout the world, as well as give an idea of budget and box office revenues. Last, but not least, we added a fun fact or trivia for each. Enjoy!

The King’s Speech (2011)

Filmed in: London, United Kingdom

Trivia: The author, David Seidler suffered from a stammer as a child. Having heard George VI’s wartime speech as a child, he had written to the Queen Mother asking for permission to use the King’s story to create a film. The Queen Mother asked him not to during her lifetime, citing that the memories were too painful.

Slumdog Millionaire (2009)

Filmed in: India

Trivia: Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (who played Salim as a child) was paid £700 and Rubina Ali (who played Latika as a child) received £500 for a month’s work on the film. At the end of the movie, both of the child actors continued to live in makeshift shacks in the illegal slums of Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Filmed in: New Zealand, Mount Ruapehu

Trivia; Peter Jackson cut his own hair throughout the project because he didn’t have time to schedule a haircut appointment.48,000 props were used in the films.

Gladiator (2000)

Filmed in: Spain

Trivia: Russell Crowe was continually unhappy with the screenplay, rewriting much of it himslef. The famous line “In this life or the next, I will have my vengeance” he initially refused to say, telling writer  ”Your lines are garbage but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even garbage sound good”.

Titanic (1997) – 11 Oscar

Filmed in: Mexico

Trivia: The 17 million gallon seawater tank, built for the sinking scenes in Titanic, is the largest shooting tank in the world and the largest ever constructed for a movie.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Filmed in: California

Trivia: The running scene was inspired by an actual event. In 1982, Louis Michael Figueroa, aged 16, ran from New Jersey to San Francisco for the American Cancer Society.

The Last Emperor (1987)

Filmed in: China

Trivia: Hairdresser Giancarlo De Leonardis imported 2,200 pounds of human hair to make the elaborate wigs needed for the court. For the coronation scenes, his staff spent ten days training fifty Chinese to pin wigs and plaits onto two thousand extras in under two hours.

Amadeus (1984)

Filmed in: Czech Republic

Trivia Elizabeth Berridge, during the Nipples of Venus scene, did not know she could spit out the candy between takes and ate about 15 whole pieces. She later describes how she thought that they were disgusting and that she eventually made herself sick

Platoon (1986)

Filmed in: Philippines

Trivia: The cast and crew arrived in the Philippines in early 1986, almost simultaneous to the beginning of the Edsa Revolution of 1986. Willem Dafoe said that a day or two after he arrived he awoke to see a column of tanks rolling down the streets.

Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia

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