Billy Crystal is hosting, Paula Abdul is choreographing, George Lucas will make his first appearance, Akira Kurosawa will receive an honorary award, and the old guard will be represented by Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston.

Yes, it's Oscar time again. The Academy Awards program will be broadcast Monday at 7 p.m. on KTVX, Ch. 4. And it will be too long, often dull, occasionally silly and riddled with gaffes.But you'll watch. And so will I.

So, just to get you prepped, here is some Oscar trivia to ponder:

We all know Marlon Brando declined to pick up his Oscar in 1973 for "The Godfather," but in 1955, when Brando won for "On the Waterfront," he showed up and another star refused to appear - Greta Garbo, who was absent when awarded a special statuette.

"Singin' in the Rain," considered the best musical ever, was not even a best picture nominee in 1952.

Though comedians have been notoriously left in the lurch when it comes to winning acting awards, special Oscars have been awarded over the years to Groucho Marx, Harold Lloyd, Stan Laurel and Danny Kaye, among others. Two special Oscars were received by Charlie Chaplin and four by Bob Hope.

The record number of nominations in an acting category without a win is seven - Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton are tied for that one.

The actor with the most nominations - 10 - is Laurence Olivier.

The actor to win the most Oscars is Walter Brennan, for three supporting roles. And only five actors have won two Oscars each - Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando and Dustin Hoffman.

Katharine Hepburn is the actress with both the most Oscars - four - and the most nominations - 11. And Ingrid Bergman is the only actress to win three Oscars besides Hepburn.

Two actresses are tied as the most nominated losers, Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter, each with six nominations.

Who holds the record for number of nominations in various categories? Billy Wilder, with 15.

And how about the record number of nominations in a single non-acting category? Alfred Newman, nominated an incredible 45 times for music scores. (He won nine.)

The most directing Oscars went to John Ford, who won four.

"All About Eve" holds the record for nominations for one picture - 14. And two films hold the record for number of nominations without a single win - "The Turning Point" and "The Color Purple," with 11 nominations each.

"Ben-Hur," which walked off with 11 Oscars in 1959, still holds the rec-ord for the most wins.

And, of course, Walt Disney has the record for number of wins by a single person - 32! (And his company won 19 more!)

"Chariots of Fire" won the 1981 best picture Oscar over "Raiders of the Lost Ark." How many times have you watched "Raiders" and how many times have you seen "Chariots"?

Only once in Oscar history have all the best actor and best actress nominees been American-born - in 1985. (They were Harrison Ford, James Garner, William Hurt, Jack Nicholson, Jon Voight, Anne Bancroft, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Lange, Geraldine Page and Meryl Streep.)

The only performer to win an Oscar for a foreign-language film is Sophia Loren, for "Two Women."

George Burns is the oldest performer to win an Oscar; he was 80 when he won best supporting actor for "The Sunshine Boys."

There's been talk of a tie between Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman as best actor this year, but that's only happened once before, in 1932 between Fredric March and Wallace Beery. (In the best actress category it happened in 1968: Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.)

Who is the only performer to win an Oscar for playing the opposite sex? Linda Hunt, for "The Year of Living Dangerously."

Alfred Hitchcock, though he was given the Irving Thalberg award in 1967, never received an Oscar as best director.

Only one actor has won the best actor award for a picture he directed himself - Laurence Olivier, in "Hamlet."

Two actors have won Oscars for playing the same character - Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro as Don Corleone in the two respective "Godfather" movies.

Only one actor has won the Oscar posthumously - Peter Finch in "Network."

No one film has ever won Oscars in all four acting categories.

Only two films have won the top five categories - best picture, actor, actress, screenwriter and director: "It Happened One Night" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

And, finally, a really obscure question: At the end of the movie "The Oscar," who wins the Oscar as best actor? Frank Sinatra. (In real life he won the best supporting actor award for "From Here to Eternity.")

- QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Frances Marion, in 1928 at the first Oscar ceremony:

"The statuette is a perfect symbol of the picture business - a powerful athletic body clutching a gleaming sword, with half of his head, the part that holds his brains, completely sliced off."

- QUOTE OF THE WEEK II: Johnny Carson, defining the Oscar program:

"Two hours of sparkling entertainment spread out over a four-hour show."

- QUOTE OF THE WEEK III: Laurence Olivier, upon receiving a special award in 1978:

"In the great wealth, the great firmament of your nation's generosities, this particular choice may perhaps be found by future generations a trifle eccentric, but the mere fact of it - the prodigal, pure, human kindness of it - must be seen as a beautiful star in the firmament which shines upon me at this moment, dazzling me a little but filling me with the warmth. . . ."

Well, you get the idea.