The awards season has been running for a few weeks already, and is due to close this weekend with the biggest award ceremony – the Oscars.
The Oscars – more formally known as the Academy Awards – have been running since May 1929. That first ceremony took place well out of the public eye – in sharp contrast to the modern, highly publicised event, which is broadcast in over 200 countries worldwide.
Members of the entertainment industry largely regard an Oscar as the industry’s highest honour. Each year, the Academy honours its own across a variery of categories, including “Best Motion Picture”, “Best Actor”, and “Best Actress”.
The Oscars are often thought of as an American affair – which made us wonder about where the nominees came from.
With so many actors having multiple homes and nationalities, we decided to look into something they can’t change: their place of birth.
So in time for the 84th Academy Awards, we’ve mapped the birthplaces of all of those who have been honoured with the title of “Best Actor” and / or “Best Actress”.
The first map (above) shows the birthplaces of all past winners. The UK and the US dominate here.
Our second map shows how often an an actor or actress born in that country has won an Oscar.
As our first map indicated, the US and UK are leading the way with Academy Award level talent – with a combined total of 138 wins between the two countries (28 in UK and 110 in US).
What both maps illustrate, however, is that the Academy has also honoured actors who were born further afield: being born in Russia, South Africa, or New Zealand hasn’t been a barrier to success!
Think you can spot any trends in these maps? Let us know in the comments! Have fun predicting where you think the next winners will be from!
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