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Hollywood Movie Trivia

Updated on July 22, 2014

First Academy Award Best Picture

Wings released in 1927 starring Clara Bow, Charles Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen

First Academy Award Best Actor

Emil Jannings won the first Oscar in 1928 for his work in 1927's The Way of All Flesh and 1928's The Last Command.

First Academy Award Best Actress

Janet Gaynor won the first Oscar in 1928 for three films: Seventh Heaven 1927, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 and Street Angel 1928.

Most Leading Roles in a Movie

John Wayne played the lead in 142 films.

Most Academy Award Wins by an Actor or Actress

Katherine Hepburn won four Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Most Oscars for Supporting Role

Walter Brennan won three Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Most Nominations for an Academy Award Without a Win

Peter O'Toole was nominated eight times for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Most Academy Awards Won by a Movie

Ben-Hur, The Titanic and The Lord of the Rings-The Return of the King each won eleven Oscars.

Most Nominated Film

All About Eve and Titanic were each nominated for fourteen Academy Awards

Oldest Living Oscar Winner

Louise Rainer, winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role in back to back years, 1937 and 1938 is 104 years young. She was born on January 12, 1910.

First Actress Nominated Posthumously for an Oscar

Jeanne Eagels was nominated after her death for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in 1929's The Letter.

First Actor Nominated Posthumously for Oscar

James Dean was nominated for an Oscar following his death twice; once for East of Eden 1955 and again the next year for Giant 1956.

First Actor/Actress to Win an Oscar Posthumously

Peter Finch won an Academy Award after his death for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Network 1976.


First Black Actress to Win an Academy Award

Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar for Best Supporting Role in Gone With the Wind in 1939.

First Black Actor to Win an Oscar

Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Lillies of the Field 1963.

First Black Actress to Win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Halle Berry won the Academy Award for her role in Monster's Ball 2001.

First Child nominated for an Academy Award

Jackie Cooper was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the age of nine in 1931's Skippy.

Youngest Winner of an Academy Award for acting

Tatum O'Neal won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at age ten in 1973's Paper Moon.



Youngest Winner of an Oscar

Shirley Temple at age six won an Academy Award for the non-competitive Academy Juvenile Award in 1934. 

Most Consecutive Nominations for an Academy Award for Acting

Bette Davis and Greer Garson were both nominated five times in a row for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Most Consecutive Nominations for Acting by a Male

Marlon Brando was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role four times in a row.

Most Nominated Actress for Academy Award

Meryl Streep was nominated eighteen times for an Oscar.


Most Nominated Actor for an Academy Award

Jack Nicholson was nominated twelve times for an Oscar. Eight for Best Actor in a Leading Role and four for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Most Nominations for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Spencer Tracy and Lawrence Olivier each were nominated nine times.

Most Nominations for Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Thelma Ritter was nominated six times.

Only Person to Receive Two Oscars for the Same Performance

Harold Russell received both an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and an Honorary Academy Award for the same role in 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives.

Films That Won All Five Major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role

It Happened One Night 1934, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 and The Silence of the Lambs 1991

Actor/Actress with Most Film Roles

John Carradine performed in 340 films from 1930 until 1990.

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