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The 91st Oscars are almost here, and they promise to be different than previous years. This senior-citizen awards ceremony has a number of firsts in 2019. Those firsts include “Black Panther,” the first comic book movie to be nominated for Best Picture, and “Roma,” the first Netflix streaming film to be nominated for Best Picture. The 91st Academy Awards will also be the first time in 30 years that the ceremony will not have a host. The show, however, will still go on. It will premiere on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To get you in the mood, here are some interesting facts about this year’s Oscars.

Cost of the Oscars

The Academy Awards are not cheap to put on. The ceremony costs over $44 million dollars. Quite a bit of that is spent on the Oscars themselves. Each statuette is plated in 24-karat gold and costs approximately $400.

Labor of the Red Carpet

The red carpet is one of the best known facets of the Academy Awards, but it does not spring forth fully formed. This famous display takes up nearly 16,500 square feet. As such, covering the area that will be trampled by celebrities and paparazzi costs a pretty penny. The carpet itself is valued at nearly $25,000 and the labor required to create the red carpet scene raises the price even more. Installing the carpet take a crew of 18 workers an average of 900 hours. That is a combined total of almost 38 straight days of work, or over a month of nonstop labor in order to create the famous sight.

Estimates for Attending

Getting a nomination or invitation to the Academy Awards is not easy, and it is not inexpensive to attend either. Attending the ceremony costs a whopping $1.5 million, though first-timers can catch a break and only pay $266,000. Clothing for the ceremony is even more outrageous. An A-list actress can plan to spend up to $10 million on her awards ensemble, and Cate Blanchett’s record breaking attire in 2014 cost over $18 million.

Golden Globes Echoes

The Golden Globes serve as excellent predictors of who will take home Oscars. For the last 10 years, the Golden Globe winner for Best Actress has also won the Oscar of the same name. Similarly, the Golden Globes Best Picture winner has a nearly 50 percent chance of also being the Academy Awards Best Picture winner.

Awards season is always popular, and it shows. After all, if no one bothered watching the red carpet parade or waited breathlessly to see if their favorite film took home the coveted Best Picture award, the Oscars would not bother to roll out a massive red carpet or spend the enormous amount of money it takes to put on the spectacle of the Academy Awards. So, enjoy the show this Sunday, but remember exactly what went in to putting on such a pageant.