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Academy Awards Trivia

Updated on December 17, 2015

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Big Five Awards

The Big Five Academy Awards collectively constitute the award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay(either Best Adapted Screenplay or Best Original Screenplay).

As of the 87th Academy Awards, a total of 42 films have been nominated in all five of these award categories. Only three films have won all five of these major awards.

  • It Happened One Night(1934): The first film to win this honor, it is from the romantic comedy genre. The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(1975): The American drama film based on the 1962 novel of the same name won all the five major Academy Awards. Set in a mental asylum, some awesome acting by Jack Nicholson supported by an excellent support cast, this film is a must watch. The dialogues are hilarious, so are the scene settings and narration.
  • The Silence of the Lambs(1991): The American thriller film is the first to win the five major awards in the horror category. I particularly liked Jodie Foster's acting very much. Anthony Hopkins is of course out of the world. The narration is gripping and will keep you on the edge of your seats till the end.

The name of the award winners for the respective films are as follows.


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Best Picture  
Best Director  
Best Actor  
Best Actress  
It Happened One Night
Frank Kapra
Clark Gable
Claudette Colbert
One FLew Over Cuckoo's Nest
Milos Forman
Jack Nicholson
Louise Fletcher
The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme
Anthony Hopkins
Jodie Foster

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Films to have won 4 of the Big Five Awards are:

  • Gone With The Wind(1939)
  • Mrs. Miniver(1942)
  • Annie Hall(1977)
  • American Beauty(1999)
  • From Here to Eternity(1953)
  • The Apartment(1960)

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

Four Acting Nominations

Good acting is also awarded generously in Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences annually bestows Academy Awards for acting performances in the following four categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

As of the 86th Academy Awards(2013), there have been fifteen films containing at least one nominated performance in each of the four Academy Award acting categories.

No film has won all four awards. Guess our actors need to work more harder and work synchronously. Only individual acting will not do, all the actors in the film will have to jointly put their effort.

However two films have won three awards.

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Year in Film
Film
Acting Awards Won
1936
My Man Godfrey
0
1942
Mrs. Miniiver
2
1943
For Whom the Bell Tolls
1
1948
Johnny Belinda
1
1950
Sunset Boulevard
0
1951
A Streetcar Named Desire
3
1953
From Here to Eternity
2
1966
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2
1967
Bonnie and Clyde
1
1967
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
1
1976
Network
3
1978
Coming Home
2
1981
Reds
1
2012
Silver Linings Playbook
1
2013
American Hustle
0

MOST AWARDS

  • Most Awards won by a Film
    • Three films have won 11 Academy Awards.
      • Ben-Hur (1959): The American epic historical drama film had the largest budget ($15.175 million) as well as the largest sets built of any film produced at the time.
      • Titanic (1997): The ship may have sunk but in the Academy Awards it sailed in glory. It received the highest nominations and won 11 of them. I am sure there is no one who hasn't watched this film yet.
      • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003):This epic high fantasy was also rewarded generously in the Academy Awards. It won all the 11 nominations for which it was nominated thereby recording the highest Oscar sweep.

      • Most awards won by a male
        • Walt Disney's contribution to the entertainment industry has received acclamation from the Academy, winning him 22 Oscars. He also won the most Oscars in one year, with four in 1954.
      • Most awards won by a female
        • Edith Head won eight Oscars, all for Costume Design.
      • Directing
        • John Ford won the most directing awards, with four. His noted works include How Green Was My Valley, Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
      • Acting
        • Katharine Hepburn won four awards, all for Best Actress. The greatest female star of all times, her 4 awards are a record for any performer. With her unconventional lifestyle and the independent characters she brought to the screen, Hepburn epitomized the "modern woman" in 20th century America.Her notable works are Guess Who's Coming for Dinner, The Lion In Winter, The Philadelphia Story, On Golden Pond
      • Most awards won by a country for Best Foreign Language Film
        • Italy won 14 awards in this category and received in total 32 nominations. Italy seems to know the formula for making an Academy award winning movie thus winning them the most awards. Some of the films are The Great Beauty, Pinocchio,Life Is Beautiful, Amarcord.


Katharine Hepburn

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Most Consecutive Awards

  • Any awards
    • This Oscar man was definitely Academy's favorite. Walt Disney was awarded a record of 10 awards in the eight consecutive years from the year 1931–32 through 1939. Eight (listed below) are for Short Subject (Cartoon), and two were Special Awards: one for the creation of Mickey Mouse, and one recognizing the innovation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs..
  • Best Actress
    • Two actresses have won two consecutive awards.
      • Luiise Rainer (The Great Zigfeld,1936 and The Good Earth, 1937): This German and American film actresswas the first actor to win multiple Academy Awards and the first person to win them consecutively. She later quit the Hollywood film industry saying that she had nothing more to give to it. She also said that winning two Oscars was a bane for her as it meant that audience's expectations from her had increased.
      • Once again we have Katharine Hepburn winning this accolade. The two films for which she won are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,1967 and The Lion in Winter, 1968).
  • Best Actor
    • Two actors have won two consecutive awards.
    • Ranked as the 9th greatest male star of Classic Hollywood Cinema by the American Film Institute, Spencer Tracy, received 9 Academy nominations for Best Actor, winning two of them. for Captains Courageous,1937 and Boys Town, 1938.
    • My favorite,Tom Hanks, is the most recent actor to win this honor. He won them for Philadelphia,1993 and Forrest Gump,1994.
  • Best Director
    • Two directors have won two consecutive awards.
      • John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath, 1940 and How Green Was My Valley,1941)
      • Joseph L Mankiewicz(A Letter to Three Wives,1949 and All About Eve, 1950).
  • Best Supporting Actor
    • Jason Robards won two consecutive awards for All The President's Men in 1976 and Julia in 1977.
  • Best Picture
    • David O Selznick produced two consecutive Best Picture winners Gone With the Wind in 1939 and Rebecca in 1940. (He himself was not awarded the Oscars as at the time the statuette went to the studio instead of the producer.)

Jack Nicholson
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Nominated in Five Decades

Only Jack Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine (1960s-2000s), Paul Newman (1950s, 1970s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades.


Jack Nicholson

I am sure everybody will have at least one film in mind where they will say that this man was awesome. He has played roles of various genres, each time leaving the audience spellbound. No wonder he is the most nominated male actor in Academy's history with 12 nominations under his belt.

Jack Nicholson in Academy Awards

Year
Nominated Work
Category
Result
1969
Easy Rider
Best Supporting Actor
Nominated
1970
Five Easy Pieces
Best Actor
Nominated
1973
The Last Detail
Best Actor
Nominated
1974
Chinatown
Best Actor
Nominated
1975
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actor
Won
1981
Reds
Best Supporting Actor
Nominated
1983
Terms of Endearment
Best Supporting Actor
Won
1985
Prizzi's Honor
Best Actor
Nominated
1987
Ironweed
Best Actor
Nominated
1992
A Few Good Men
Best Supporting Actor
Nominated
1997
As Good as It Gets
Best Actor
Won
2002
About Schmidt
Best Actor
Nominated

Michael Caine

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Michael Caine

Another stalwart, this British Film icon is 82 and still going strong. He can give the young actors a run for their money. A career spanning across seven decades, he has appeared in 115 films. The Oscar nominations doesn't come as a surprise, the legend he is.

Michael Caine in Academy Awards

Year
Nominated Work
Category
Result
 
1966
Alfie
Best Actor
Nominated
 
1972
Sleuth
Best Actor
Nominated
 
1983
Educating Rita
Best Actor
Nominated
 
1986
Hannah and Her Sisters
Best Supporting Actor
Won
 
1999
The Cider House Rules
Best Supporting Actor
Won
 
2002
The Quiet American
Best Actor
Nominated
 

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