Facts about the Oscar telecast
Facts about the Oscar telecast -- Or, what we did during the commercials
38.9 million — Number of people watching the show in the U.S.
5 — Number of people watching the show from heaven, according to acceptance speeches.
9 — Number of times Salma Hayek futzed with her hair in front of 38.9 million people (plus five in heaven).
3 of 6 — Best Supporting Actress winners since 2000 who were pregnant.
2 mins. 29 sec. — Time elapsed before the first Brokeback Mountain joke.
19 mins. — Time elapsed before the first award was handed out.
213 mins. — Length of the telecast.
15 vs. 12 — Jack Nicholson vs. George Clooney in the which-cool-guy-got-more-shout-outs-and-screen-time contest.
1947 — Last year in which the most Oscars won by any film was just three.
1961 — Last year in which all four acting winners took home a trophy for their first acting nod.
3 — Wins by alumni of (hello, Tootie!) TV’s Facts of Life (Clooney: one; former show writer Paul Haggis: two).
$53,404,817 — Theatrical gross of Crash, the lowest Best Picture total since 1987’s The Last Emperor made $43,984,230.
$51,470,821 — Theatrical gross of 2003 Best Picture LOTR: The Return of the King…in its first two days.
3 — Number of times conductor Bill Conti and his orchestra were singled out for applause.
0 — Number of times U.S. troops in Iraq were singled out for applause.
29% — Portion of the evening’s winners who had previously won Oscars.
5 — Winners in jeans: four rappers from Three 6 Mafia and pimp daddy Larry McMurtry.