I once picked up a library book that featured every Oscar winner since the Academy Awards began back in the 1920s. With the same diligence that allows some kids to memorize baseball statistics, I proceeded to learn by heart who won what when in most major categories. The book ended with the 1969 winner (was that the year "In the Heat of the Night" took best picture?) so it was not that huge a list. I mostly forgot what I learned over the years - though it still bugs me that "The Best Years of Our Lives" beat out "It's a Wonderful Life" for best pic in 1946.
Another thing I learned from that book was that if you're Canadian and want to win an Oscar - either move to Hollywood or work for the National Film Board. Fortunately, things have changed. We've got our own movie industry now, and first class talent. Witness the special effects nomination for a Vancouver company I had never heard of before nominations were announced. Special Effect