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    Fast facts: Aug. 26

    During World War II, the Oscar statue at the Academy Awards was made of plaster. Metal was an essential wartime material.

    Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award.

    Shortest film role to win an Oscar: Sylvia Miles, who was on-screen for six minutes in “”Midnight Cowboy.””

    Julie Andrews didn’t get to play Eliza in the film version of “”My Fair Lady”” because she wasn’t a ‘big enough star.’ So she starred in Mary Poppins and won the Oscar for Best Actress the same year, 1964.

    Composer Irving Berlin is the only Academy Award presenter to give an Oscar to himself.

    Shirley Temple won an honorary Oscar in 1934 at the age of five.

    The Oscar statue weights 9 pounds, 13 ounces.

    Cost, in parts and labor, for an Oscar statuette: about $300.

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