It was the best of years, it was the worst of years. At times, the 2014 Academy Awards felt painfully lifeless, with less atmosphere than “Gravity” and fewer laughs than “12 Years a Slave.” Yet at times it was also very moving, thanks largely to the vivaciousness and honesty of winners such as Lupita Nyong’o, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley.
Here are the numbers that matter from this year’s Oscars ceremony…
210– The running time, in minutes, of this year's ceremony. In other words, about half a Martin Scorsese movie.
7– The number of Oscars won by “Gravity.”
3– The number of casting directors employed to cast the three actors we see on screen in "Gravity."
70,000,000– The amount of money (in dollars) Sandra Bullock will reportedly make from starring in "Gravity."
506– The number of times the F-word was uttered in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
3– The number of times the F-word was uttered by the audience watching the Oscars ceremony at home. First, when Kim Novak appeared on stage, second when Goldie Hawn followed her – these drastic plastics with their immovable features are everything that’s wrong with Hollywood. The third time was when Bette Midler sang “Wind beneath My Wings” following the In Memoriam tribute. It moved our stomachs, not our hearts.
85,000 - How much the goodies in each nominee's gift bag cost. One can only wonder what 84-year-old June Squibb will do with the complimentary $2,700 procedure that claims to help a woman's sex drive (and no, it isn't a life-size replica of Matthew McConaughey).
3- The number of Oscars won by "12 Years a Slave." Coincidentally, this is also the number of times KTLA anchor Sam Rubin confused Chiwetel Ejiofor for Laurence Fishburne.
0- The number of people planning a holiday in Nebraska after seeing clips from Alexander Payne's movie.
47- Pounds that Matthew McConaughey lost to play Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club." (Jonah Hill found them all to play Donnie in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”) The Texan proved yet again that the winning Oscar formula is WEIGHT LOSS + AIDS / REAL-LIFE TRAUMA = AWARD.
2- The number of times Woody Allen was name checked during the ceremony.
1– The number of hands used by the audience to applaud the “Blue Jasmine” director during those moments. There was less frost during the “Frozen” tribute.
847,283– The number of people mispronouncing Lupita Nyong’o’s name after she won for best supporting actress.
847,284– The number of people crying after hearing Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for best supporting actress.
5– The number of times John Travolta popped up on our screens (once even to present an award). Must be a perk of being a Scientologist.
1– Number of times Ukraine and Venezuela were mentioned in acceptance speeches (both times by Jared Leto, at the beginning of the evening).
2– Number of Oscars awarded to actors for playing real-life characters (Matthew McConaughey’s AIDS sufferer in “Dallas Buyers Club” and Lupita Nyong’o’s long-suffering Patsey in “12 Years a Slave”). Jared Leto’s transgender character in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Rayon, was completely fictitious.
1– Number of times Meryl Streep has tweeted in her life. Good job, because the one she did send during the ceremony broke Twitter and the record for number of retweets (over a million, and counting).
47– Number of versions of “Let It Go” that have been posted on YouTube by 7-year-olds since you started reading this article.
2– Number of scrappy pieces of paper used by award winners (Steve McQueen and one of the directors of short cartoon “Mr. Hublot). Nothing conveys sheer, blind terror better than a trembling piece of A4.
0– The number of awards won by “The Wolf of Wall Street” from its five nominations. In other words, the same rate of return that Leonardo DiCaprio’s real-life character, Jordan Belfort, achieved for his investors.
1– The number of Israeli winners. Niv Adiri won best sound mixing for his work on “Gravity.” Now comes his big decision: whether to stick his Oscar in the living room or the toilet.
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