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Facts about the Oscar telecast -- Or, what we did during the commercials

38.9 million -- Number of people watching the show in the U.S.

5 -- Number of people watching the show from heaven, according to acceptance speeches.

9 -- Number of times Salma Hayek futzed with her hair in front of 38.9 million people (plus five in heaven).

3 of 6 -- Best Supporting Actress winners since 2000 who were pregnant.

2 mins. 29 sec. -- Time elapsed before the first Brokeback Mountain joke.

19 mins. -- Time elapsed before the first award was handed out.

213 mins. -- Length of the telecast.

15 vs. 12 -- Jack Nicholson vs. George Clooney in the which-cool-guy-got-more-shout-outs-and-screen-time contest.

1947 -- Last year in which the most Oscars won by any film was just three.

1961 -- Last year in which all four acting winners took home a trophy for their first acting nod.

3 -- Wins by alumni of (hello, Tootie!) TV's Facts of Life (Clooney: one; former show writer Paul Haggis: two).

$53,404,817 -- Theatrical gross of Crash, the lowest Best Picture total since 1987's The Last Emperor made $43,984,230.

$51,470,821 -- Theatrical gross of 2003 Best Picture LOTR: The Return of the King...in its first two days.

3 -- Number of times conductor Bill Conti and his orchestra were singled out for applause.

0 -- Number of times U.S. troops in Iraq were singled out for applause.

29% -- Portion of the evening's winners who had previously won Oscars.

5 -- Winners in jeans: four rappers from Three 6 Mafia and pimp daddy Larry McMurtry.

Originally posted Mar 10, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints