After last week’s post regarding the oldest and youngest winners of acting awards at the Oscars, I was curious what other Academy Awards-related trivia I could find. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the most interesting bits of trivia I discovered about the films and people nominated and awarded Oscars.
- 1) At the 1st Academy Awards, Best Picture was awarded to Wings, to date the only silent film to win.
- 2) At the 2nd Academy Awards, Best Picture was awarded to The Broadway Melody, the first film with sound to win.
- 3) At the 12th Academy Awards, Best Picture was given to Gone with the Wind, the first film in color to win. Gone with the Wind also holds the record for the longest film to win Best Picture.
- 4) Only two sequels have won Best Picture: The Godfather Part II and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
- 5) No foreign-language film has ever won Best Picture.
- 6) France holds the records for the most foreign-language film nominations. However, Italy holds the record for the most foreign-language film wins (ten).
- 7) No film has ever won awards in all four acting categories, and only two films have won three of acting awards: A Streetcar Named Desire and Network.
- 8) Only three films have won eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture: Ben-Hur, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (The Return of the King also holds the record for winning every award for which it was nominated.)
- 9) Beauty and the Beast remains the only traditional animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.
- 10) William Wyler holds the record for the most nominations for Best Director. He only won three times (Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives, Ben-Hur). The record for most wins is held by director John Ford. He was awarded Best Director four times (The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man)
- 11) With seventeen nominations, Meryl Streep holds the record for the most acting nominations. She has only won three times (Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady).
- 12) Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most acting awards, winning Best Actress four times out of twelve nominations (Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, The Lion in Winter, On Golden Pond).
- 13) Richard Burton holds the record for the most acting nominations (seven) with no win. Peter O’Toole was nominated for eight acting nominations without winning, but was given an honorary award.
- 14) Five people have won back to back acting awards:
- - Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 & The Good Earth in 1937)
- - Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous in 1937 & Boys Town in 1938)
- - Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? in 1967 & The Lion in Winter in 1968)
- - Jason Robards (All the President’s Men in 1976 & Julia in 1977)
- - Tom Hanks (Philadelphia in 1993 & Forrest Gump in 1994)
- 15) Only two people have been won an acting award posthumously: Peter Finch for Network in 1976 and Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight in 2008.
If you are interested in reading more about the Academy Awards, each of these websites is full of fascinating facts. Or, check out Robert Osborne’s 80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards.
Flickr CC: Getting set for the Academy Awards on Hollywood Boulevard Photo by: Loren Javier