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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 05: Oscar statue at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on February 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

The Academy awards show is coming up Sunday night. Here are some Fun Facts:

If Sam Mendes wins Best Director for “1917”, it’ll be the biggest gap between two directing wins in Oscar history.  He first won in 2000 for “American Beauty”.

Billy Wilder has the current record, with a 15-year gap.  He won Best Director awards for “The Lost Weekend” in 1945 and “The Apartment” in 1960.

There’s a competing COUPLE in the Best Picture category.  Directors Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”), have been dating since 2011, and now, their movies are competing for Best Picture.

Noah is also up for Best Director . . . but Greta isn’t, because the Academy apparently has a tradition of not nominating women in that category.  The movies ARE competing in a few other categories though:  Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score.  Coincidentally, both of the movies star Laura Dern, who’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress . . . for “Marriage Story”, not “Little Women”.

“Toy Story 4” could become just the second sequel to win the Oscar for Best Animated Movie.  The only other sequel to do it?  “Toy Story 3”.

The only franchise to win Best Picture twice was “The Godfather”.  The first movie won in 1972 and “The Godfather: Part 2” won in 1974.  “The Godfather: Part 3” was also nominated in 1990, but it lost to “Dances with Wolves”.

Kirk Douglas may have only died a couple of days ago, but he WILL be included in the Oscars’ “In Memoriam” segment.

But I won’t see any of this, even though my wife loves watching these shows for the red carpet and the gowns and the style and all the hooplah.  I can’t watch awards shows. I actually getnervous during the acceptance speeches and feel very uncomfortable. Yes, I know, I’m not winning the award, but I just can’t deal with the often clumsy acceptance speeches. I feel bad for them and want them to quickly accept and get off the stage. I know, it’s weird, but I cannot watch, and won’t be watching Sunday night.-Randall C. Bliss