The length of the red carpet is 500 feet. The width is 33 feet. That's 16,500 square feet of walking space and big stars praying they won't trip. Seventy two million U.S. Viewers tuned in last year. In comparison, 114.5 million watched The Super Bowl.
1953 televised from Hollywood with Bob Hope hosting and New York presented by Fredrik March. The split screen technology was a first. The big upset was High Noon losing to The Greatest Show on Earth for best picture. Gary Cooper took the prize for best actor in his High Noon role. The first color telecast was in 1966 when The Sound of Music took best picture.