The Oscars are this Sunday night at 8pm on Newschannel 34. It's hosted by one of the best, Ellen DeGeneres for the 2nd time. Here some of the things that you may not know about the show...and my thoughts.

5) The Academy of Motion Pictures has announced that today (2/28) is the last to die if you want to make it into the Oscars "In Memoriam" segment.  So die by midnight or stick around til next year.  This is the only segment that a celebrity doesn't want to be in on Sunday night.

4) The longest Oscar ceremony of all time was in 2000. It lasted a butt-numbing 4 hours and 16 minutes. Here's a couple ways to speed things up: Instead of music being played when speeches go too long, release lions or winners accept statues in spandex.

3) After Jacqueline Bisset's embarrassing performance at the Golden Globes a couple months ago, this year's theme is "Friends don't let friends accept Oscars drunk."

2) There are 5,800 members that vote for the Oscars. It takes 12 people 20 hours to make one Oscar statuette.  OK, I have no reaction to either of those facts.

1) Tom Hanks was snubbed in "Captain Phillips." In fact he was completely snubbed. However,"The Lone Ranger" gets a nomination for Special Effects. I guess, gluing a dead bird to a headband is harder than it looks.

I'm looking forward to see what Ellen has to say and do. She's one of the few that can get away with picking on the celebrities. By the way, you may be at a bad Oscar party if the popcorn being served is on a string and it tastes like Christmas tree......don't ask.