Academy Awards Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is some background information about the Academy Awards, also known as the "Oscars."

February 22, 2015 - The 87th Annual Academy Awards is scheduled to take place, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting for the first time.

March 2, 2014 - The 86th Annual Academy Awards is televised live from Hollywood on ABC, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting for the second time.

2015 Nominations (selected):
Best Picture:
"American Sniper"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"

Best Actor:
Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher"
Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"
Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game"
Michael Keaton in "Birdman"
Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything"

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall in "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke in "Boyhood"
Edward Norton in "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night"
Felicity Jones in "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore in "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Patricia Arquette in "Boyhood"
    Laura Dern in "Wild"
    Keira Knightley in "The Imitation Game"
    Emma Stone in "Birdman"
    Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods"

    Best Director:
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu for "Birdman"
    Richard Linklater for "Boyhood"
    Bennett Miller for "Foxcatcher"
    Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game"

    Best Animated Feature:
    "Big Hero 6"
    "The Boxtrolls"
    "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
    "Song of the Sea"
    "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"

    Full list of nominees.

    2014 Winners (selected):
    Best Picture:
    "12 Years a Slave"

    Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

    Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"

    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine"

    Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave"

    Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for "Gravity"

    Best Animated Feature: "Frozen"

    Angelina Jolie is the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Piero Tosi, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin receive Honorary Awards at the Governors Awards.

    The 2014 full list of winners and nominees.

    Other Facts:
    PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm has tallied the ballots since 1934. Newspaper headlines announced the winners before the ceremony until 1941 when the sealed envelope system was put in place. Now only two partners of the firm know the results until the envelopes are opened.

    Walt Disney is the most honored person in Oscar history. He received 59 nominations and 26 competitive awards throughout his career.

    Composer John Williams is the most nominated living person with 49 (as of 2014) and 5 wins.

    Meryl Streep is the most nominated performer in Academy history with 19 nominations.

    Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male performer in Academy history with 12 nominations.

    Katharine Hepburn had the most Oscar wins for a performer, with four.

    Daniel Day-Lewis is the only person to have three Best Actor Oscars.

    Tatum O'Neal is the youngest person to ever win an Oscar at 10 years, 148 days old.

    Only three films have won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing: in 1934, "It Happened One Night"; in 1975, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; and in 1991, "The Silence of the Lambs."

    No one film has ever taken home all six top prizes, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress.

    Scientific and Technical Awards are given out in a separate ceremony for methods, discoveries or inventions that contribute to the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

    May 16, 1929 -
    The first Academy Awards are held in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Tickets cost $5.

    1929 - The first Best Picture award goes to "Wings."

    1929 - The first statuette ever presented is to Emil Jannings, for his Best Actor performance in "The Last Command."

    1937 - The first presentation of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is given to Darryl F. Zanuck.

    1938 - Due to extensive flooding in Los Angeles, the ceremony is delayed for one week.

    March 19, 1953 - First televised ceremony is from the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

    1966 - The awards are first broadcast in color.

    1968 - Due to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the ceremony is moved forward two days as the original date is the day of King's funeral.

    1976-present - ABC broadcasts the Oscars.

    1981 - Due to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, the ceremony is postponed 24 hours.

    2001 - The Best Animated Feature Film category is added.

    June 23, 2009 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that beginning in 2010, 10 films will receive nominations in the Best Picture category, instead of five.

    June 26, 2009 - The Academy announces that beginning in 2010, new rules governing the Best Song category may eliminate that category in any given year. Also, the Thalberg and Hersholt honorary awards will be given at a separate ceremony in November.

    June 14, 2011 - The Academy announces new rules governing the Best Picture category, the number of movies nominated may vary from 5 - 10 in any given year and will not be known until the nominees are announced. The new rule goes into effect in 2012.

    November 9, 2011 - Eddie Murphy drops out as host of the Oscars in February 2012, one day after producer Brett Ratner quit the show, because of a remark he made that was considered homophobic.