Oscars 2021: Dust off your Academy Award-winning trivia with these 500+ photos, factoids

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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Since the very first Academy Awards took place in 1929, plenty of movie history has been made at the Oscars.

And this year's 93rd Academy Awards — the first to take place during a pandemic — is sure to bring more unforgettable moments.

Following a pandemic-plagued year and the weirdest awards season ever, the Oscars return this Sunday (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT). Though the show is bound to look different due to the pandemic, some traditions, like a glam red carpet pre-show and in-person celebrity presenters, are still set to go on — albeit with under strict COVID-19 protocol.

To prepare for the big night, we've compiled a crash course on everything you could possibly want to know going into the ceremony. So sit back, relax and soak up some trivia that will make you the star of any virtual Oscars viewing party.

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Best Oscars moments of all time

To kick things off, here's a round-up of some of the most memorable moments in Oscars history.

So who's nominated this year?

The competition is shaping up to be fierce at this year's Academy Awards. Get to know the top nominees, including the films "Mank" and "Minari," here:

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Every best picture nominee directed by a woman

For the first time in Oscars history, two women are nominated for best director in a single year. Prior to this year, only five women had been recognized in the prestigious category — even though 16 films directed by women had been up for best picture. Here are all of the best pictures nominees directed by women.

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Where are the Oscars this year?

The show is getting a change of scenery this year. Here's a glimpse of Los Angeles' historic Union Station, which will serve as the main venue of the 93rd Academy Awards instead of the Dolby Theater. You might even recognize the train station from classic Old Hollywood films.

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Every best picture winner ever

It's the most anticipated (and often most controversial) award of the night. Here's every film that's taken home best picture.

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But not every best picture is actually the best ...

Oscars history is full of surprising snubs. Here's a list of best picture winners that didn't deserve it, along with the nominee that should have taken home the trophy instead.

In fact, some of the best films of all time have never won an Oscar

Believe it or not, "It's a Wonderful Life," "Psycho" and other classics that are considered the best in film history were never awarded Oscars.

So, who's the best of the best?

Don't have time to binge all 92 best picture winners before Sunday? We don't blame you. Here are 10 winning films that are the best of the best pictures.

And who's the worst of the worst?

Just because a film won best picture doesn't mean it's actually good. Here are 10 less-than-stellar films that took home the top prize, ranked from bad to downright awful.

Flashback: Take a glance at Oscars past

Plenty of icons have graced the Academy Awards. Relive old Hollywood glamour with this gallery of stars at Oscars past.

The best Oscars looks of the '90s

Embrace your inner '90s kid and admire the best Oscars looks from the era of floppy disks.

The best Oscars looks of all time...

Perhaps just as anticipated as the awards ceremony is the red carpet fashion that precedes it. Here are the most glam Academy Awards looks of all time.

... and the worst

While many gowns wow on the red carpet, some stun for all the wrong reasons. Here are the worst Oscars looks of all time.

Winners with winning style

When you go onstage to accept an Academy Award, the right dress can really make you shine. Here are some A-plus looks from A-list winners.

What goes down behind the scenes?

Wait, a cocktail at the bar costs how much? Here are 10 things you wouldn't know about the Oscars if you've only watched from home.

Times the Oscars got political

The Oscars have become known as an event where stars can speak their mind, and these celebs definitely made a statement with their fiery political speeches.

And the award for most unforgettable mishap in Oscars history goes to ...

It wouldn't be a live TV event if everything went according to plan.

Relive the jaw-dropping moment when "La La Land" was accidentally declared the best picture winner in 2017 – only for it come out shortly after that "Moonlight" had actually earned the honor.

We've broken down every moment that went wrong in the cringe-worthy fiasco.

Contributing: Brian Truitt

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