10 surprising facts about the 2021 Oscars, from the cost of the event to the value of the gift bags

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The 93rd annual Academy Awards will air on April 25. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The 2021 Oscars ceremony will cost more than $40 million to produce.

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The 2013 Oscars. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

WalletHub identified the overall cost in its 2021 Oscars Facts report.

This year's Oscars will take place in front of a live audience of 170 people, Vulture reported. All attendees and nominees must take three COVID-19 tests before the awards and get their temperature checked the day of the event.

A 30-second commercial during the Oscars telecast costs $2 million.

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This year's Academy Awards will not take place virtually. Richard Harbaugh - Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

That's 64% less than the cost of a Super Bowl commercial, according to WalletHub.

The Oscars ensemble of an A-list actress is estimated to cost $10 million.

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Cate Blanchett at the Oscars in 2014. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Cate Blanchett wore the most expensive Oscars look ever when she won best actress in 2014, valued at a total of $18.1 million. The average attendee's look costs around $1.5 million, according to WalletHub.

The Oscars gift bag contains approximately $225,000 worth of goodies, including an all-inclusive vacation in a boutique hotel off the coast of Sweden.

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The Pater Noster lighthouse, where Oscar nominees have been gifted a three-night stay. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images

The six-figure gift bag includes a $250 meditation headband, a plastic surgery consultation, a vape cartridge finished with 24-karat gold, a $360 acupuncture device, and a three-night stay at the Pater Noster lighthouse on the island of Hamneskar off Sweden's west coast, according to Hello Giggles.

This year, 32% of the nominees are women - the highest percentage in Oscars history.

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Carey Mulligan is nominated for best actress for "Promising Young Woman." Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

This year, 70 women received a total of 76 nominations.

For the first time ever, two women have been nominated for best director.

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Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell directed "Nomadland" and "Promising Young Woman," respectively. Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Freedom Road Productions/Colomba Giacomini via Getty Images

Emerald Fennell directed "Promising Young Woman," which centers around a medical school drop-out dedicated to catching predatory men.

Chloe Zhao is the favorite to win the award after taking home the Golden Globe for best director earlier this year. She would become only the second woman ever — Kathryn Bigelow won in 2010 for "The Hurt Locker" — and the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for best director.

Leslie Odom Jr. is the fourth person - and the first man - to receive both acting and song nominations for the same movie.

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Leslie Odom Jr. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Odom Jr. is nominated for best supporting actor and best original song for the Amazon Studios film "One Night in Miami."

Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and Cynthia Erivo are the only other actor/singers to have been nominated in both categories.

Steven Yeun is the first Asian-American nominee for best actor.

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Steven Yeun. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Yeun is nominated for best actor for his role in "Minari," a film about a Korean American family that moves to a farm in Arkansas.

Viola Davis, who is nominated this year for best actress for her role in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," is the most-nominated Black actress in Oscars history.

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Viola Davis. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

She is also the only Black woman to be nominated twice for best actress.

She had previously been nominated for best supporting actress in "Doubt" in 2008 and best actress in "The Help" in 2011. She won best supporting actress for "Fences" in 2016.

Nine actors of color have been nominated for awards this year, which is the most in Oscars history.

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Andra Day in "The United States v. Billie Holiday." Takashi Seida/Hulu

In addition to Steven Yeun, Viola Davis, and Leslie Odom Jr., Chadwick Boseman ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"), Andra Day ("The United States vs. Billie Holiday"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Judas and the Black Messiah"), LaKeith Stanfield ("Judas and the Black Messiah"), Riz Ahmed ("Sound of Metal"), and Youn Yuh-Jung ("Minari") are nominated in acting categories.

Boseman is also the first actor of color to be nominated posthumously for an Oscar.

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