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In March of 2006, "March of the Penguins," narrated by Morgan Freeman, took home the Oscar for Documentary Feature.

April 25th really is the perfect date, as "Miss Congeniality" (2000) teaches us. Screenplay (which can be found at the the Margaret Herrick Library) by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas.

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki teamed up on two feature films together: "Birdman" (2014) and "The Revenant" (2015). Both films earned Cinematography Oscars for Lubezki and Director Oscars for Iñárritu. But "Birdman" (pictured) also took home the Oscar for Best Picture.

Bob Fosse directing Shirley MacLaine on the set during production of "Sweet Charity" (1969).

A winner of two Oscars, Barbra Streisand has directed three feature films which earned a total of 14 Academy Award nominations. The first of her personal Oscar wins was for Best Actress for "Funny Girl" (1968), and the second was for Best Original Song in 1977 for "Evergreen," which made her the first woman to earn an Academy Award for composing music. She has starred in 19 motion pictures, receiving a second Best Actress Oscar nomination for "The Way We Were" (1973), and she is the first woman in Hollywood history to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film, "Yentl" (1983). Pictured, Streisand with Louis Armstrong during production of "Hello, Dolly!" (1969). For photos, videos and so much more from her career, check out our collection at

Beyoncé on the Oscars red carpet in 2009. She would later perform along with host Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper and others.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore wrote and directed the first documentary to debut at #1 on its opening weekend, "Fahrenheit 9/11". Despite being shown in just 868 screens the weekend of June 27, 2004, the hard-hitting R-rated political film beat the likes of "The Notebook" and "White Chicks" which also premiered that weekend (even though those two films were shown on over 2,300 screens each). Only one other documentary film since "Fahrenheit 9/11" debuted at #1. Do you know what it was? Hint: on its opening weekend it was shown on 3,481 screens. (The answer is below in the comments)

When Leonardo DiCaprio accepted the Oscar in 2016 for Best Actor for his performance in "The Revenant", he took time to stress the need to take climate change seriously: "Making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship with the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

Lady Gaga performing an emotional rendition of the Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You” at the Oscars in 2016. The song, co-written by Diane Warren, is from the film "The Hunting Ground".

Did you know: The Academy has a category called Original Song Score. To qualify one must have at least five original songs in a film that all provide dramatic importance to the story. The first to win it were The Beatles for "Let It Be" (1970), the last was Prince for "Purple Rain" (1984).

Did you know: “Annie Hall” (1977) was originally titled “Anhedonia,” which is a condition where a person cannot feel pleasure.

Five years ago on Christmas, "Django Unchained" vividly told the story about a freed slave searching to rescue his wife, Broomhilda von Shaft. The film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and won two statuettes: one to Christoph Waltz for his performance as a cunning bounty hunter, and the other to Quentin Tarantino for his script. What is your first memory when you think of the film?

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