Memory Champion Honors the Academy by Remembering Every Oscar Winner
ou remember that iconic Casablanca kiss, the fearless Rocky Balboa, and Sean Penn in Milk; but could you recall every Academy Award Winner instantly? In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony and the award-winning actors, actresses, and directors that have impacted all of our lives with their art, U.S. Memory Champion, Chester Santos, has committed to memory an unprecedented amount of information about The Oscars. Name any random year from 1928 to 2012, and Santos will immediately respond with the Oscar winner for: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, and Best Director. Having instant mental access to thousands of words and names stored in his mind like a computer, Santos can remember more Oscar winners than anyone, ever.
Known as "The International Man of Memory", Chester Santos is a memory expert and motivational speaker from San Francisco. In 2012, while performing before a crowd in New York City, Santos demonstrated memory of all 435 members of the United States House of Representatives, their party, their state, which district they represent and the committees they sit on.
With his latest one-of-a-kind feat, Santos wants to show his respect for the Academy Awards and the work of those that have received the film industry's most prestigious honor. Santos says, "For The Past 86 years, these people and works have had a huge impact on our culture. I want to show my respect and appreciation by demonstrating that I remember them all. It's my way of saying Thanks for the Memories."
According to Chester, feats of memory such as this can be performed by anyone. He travels around the world giving speeches, presentations, and teaching seminars to help people fully realize the extraordinary power of their minds. He's worked with Fortune 500 companies and prestigious universities, but is very interested in working with people within the entertainment industry. "I could help actors to learn their lines in one third the time with my training. It would change their lives and save movie studios a lot of money", says Santos.