Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Before the 90th Oscars this Sunday, let’s look at a few of the records that have been set, met or broken over the last 90 years

Photos, courtesy: AMPAS

Titanic holds the record for the highest number
of Oscar nominations and wins for a motion picture

The highest number of Oscars ever won by a motion picture is 11. Three films over the years have earned that distinction—Ben Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. 

Ben Hur (1959): Best Motion Picture, Directing (William Wyler), Actor (Charlton Heston), Actor In A Supporting Role (Hugh Griffith), Art Direction – Color, Cinematography – Color, Costume Design – Color, Film Editing, Music, Sound, Special Effects
Titanic (1997): Best Picture, Directing, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Music – Score, Music – Song (‘My Heart Will Go On’), Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003): Best Picture, Directing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing, Make-Up, Music – Score, Music – Song (‘Into the West’, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, Writing – Adapted Screenplay 

The motion pictures with the highest number of Oscar nominations are La La Land (2016), Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950), with 14 nominations each.

Daniel Day-Lewis with his Oscar for Lincoln

The actors with the highest number of Oscars are Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson and Walter Brennan—all with 3 each. Of them, Daniel Day-Lewis holds the record for having won the highest number of Oscars for leading roles. 

Daniel Day-Lewis: My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), Lincoln (2012)
Jack Nicholson: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983) [supporting], As Good as It Gets (1997)
Walter Brennan: Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), The Westerner (1940) 

Day-Lewis stands to win his fourth Oscar this year, with his lead actor nomination for Phantom Thread.

Katharine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator

The actress who holds the record of having won the highest number of Oscars is Katharine Hepburn, with 4 Oscars for leading roles—Morning Glory (1932/33), Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1981).
Cate Blanchett won her first Oscar for playing Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).

Meryl Streep with her Oscar for The Iron Lady

The actress with the highest number of Oscar nominations is Meryl Streep, with 21 nominations—The Deer Hunter (1978) [supporting], Kramer Vs Kramer (1979) [supporting; won], The French Lieutenant’s Wife (1981), Sophie’s Choice (1982) [won], Silkwood (1983), Out Of Africa (1985), Ironweed (1987), A Cry In The Dark (1988), Postcards From The Edge (1990), The Bridges Of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music Of The Heart (1999), Adaptation (2002) [supporting], The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011) [won], August Osage County (2013), Into The Woods (2014) [supporting], Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), The Post (2017). Four nominations have been for supporting roles. Streep has won 3 Oscars. She could win her fourth Oscar this year.

The oldest actor to have won an Oscar is Christopher Plummer, who won supporting actor Oscar for Beginners (2012), at age 82. 

Timothée Chalamet, this year's lead actor nominee for Call Me By Your Name could become the youngest individual ever to win an Oscar in his category.

Walt Disney holds the record of the individual to have won the highest number of Oscars, with 22 wins.

The director with the highest number of Oscars for directing is John Ford. He won 4 Oscars—The Informer (1935), The Grapes Of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Quiet Man (1952).

Kathryn Bigelow with her Oscars for directing and Best Picture for The Hurt Locker

Only five women have ever earned Oscar nominations for directing—Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976), Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003), Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009), and this year's nominee Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (2017). Bigelow became the first, and has since been the only woman to have won an Oscar for directing. The Hurt Locker also won the Oscar for Best Picture that year.
Only four actors/actresses have won Oscars for leading roles in their debut films—Shirley Booth for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), Julie Andrews  for Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968) and Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (1986).

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