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The First Best Picture Winners

The First Best Picture Winners

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The First Best Picture Winners:
In the first year of the awards, there were two "Outstanding Picture" winners:
Wings
for BestProduction and
for Unique and Artistic Picture (a category that was immediatelydropped).[Three awards were given during the Academy's first year that were never given again: BestArtistic Quality of Production, Best Title Writing (for silent films), and Best Comedy Direction.]Obviously, the only silent film to win 'Best Picture' was
Wings (1927/28)
.
 
The Top Best Picture Award Winners and Nominated Films:
Two Best Picture winning films,
Titanic (1997)
and 
both hold the recordfor the most nominations (14) earned by a single film. Five Best Picture films are tied for secondplace with 13 nominations (see below), and eight Best Picture films are tied for third place with 12nominations (see below).
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
,
Titanic (1997),
 
arethe three Best Picture winning films with the most Oscars wins (11). (The closest Best Picturewinning runner-up for most Oscar wins was 
 
with 10 Oscars (out of 11nominations).)
Titanic
's awards included two sound awards and no acting prizes, and its screenplay wasn't evennominated. On the other hand, 
, also with 14 nominations, had one actingOscar (Best Supporting Actor for George Sanders). And
, with 11 Oscars from12 nominations, lost only its screenplay nomination, plus it racked up two acting awards (CharltonHeston for Best Actor and Hugh Griffith for Best Supporting Actor) - and there was only onesound category in 1959.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
won BestAdapted Screenplay, but had no acting nominations in its clean-sweep win.
Oscars® Best Picture Winning MovieTitles
 
 Year 
 
Nominations
 11
 
 
1959
1211
Titanic 1997
1411
 
The Lord of the Rings: TheReturn of the King
 
2003
 
11
 
10
 
1961
119
Gigi 1958
99
The Last Emperor *
 
1987
99
The English Patient 1996
128
 1939
138
 
1953
138
 
1954
128
 
1964
128
Gandhi
#
 
1982
118
Amadeus 1984
117
Shakespeare in Love
 
1998
13
 
7
Dances with Wolves
 
1990
127
 
1993
127
Out of Africa
 
1985
117
The Sting
 
1973
107
 
1970
107
 
Going My Way
 
1944
 
10
 
7
 
1962
107
 
 
1946
 
8
 
7
 
 
1957
 
8
 
6
 
 
1950
146
Forrest Gump
 
1994
136
Chicago
 
2002
136
Mrs. Miniver 
 
1942
126
 
1974
116
 
 
1951
86
A Man For All Seasons 1966
85
Gladiator 
 
2000
125
Oliver!
 
1968
115
Terms of Endearment 1983
115
 
1965
 
10
 
4
 
Million Dollar Baby
 
2004
 
7
 
4
 
No Country for Old Men
 
2007
 
8
 
3
 
 
1972
 
10
 
# the most successful British film to date
 
* the only Best Picture winner to have been produced outside of the USor UK, and the
first 
MPAA-rated PG-13 film to win the Academy Awardfor Best Picture (not counting subsequent films that have since been re-rated)
 
The Big Five:
Only three films have won the top five awards (Best Picture, Best Director, BestActor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay):
 
 
Clean Sweeps:
Only four Best Picture winners have won every award for which they werenominated (the first was five for five, the next two were nine for nine, and LOTR was 11 for 11;except for the 1934 film, none of the films were nominated for acting awards):
5 for 5:
 
 
9 for 9:
Gigi (1958)
 
9 for 9:
The Last Emperor (1987)
 
11 for 11:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)The Matrix (1999)
, not a Best Picture nominee, also won 4 for 4.
Shut Outs:
Two films hold the dubious distinction of being nominated eleven times
without 
asingle Oscar win. Other films with 8 or more competitive nominations are also included:
Film (Year)
 
Nominations Wins
 
The Turning Point (1977)
11
 
0
 
The Color Purple (1985)
 
11
 
0
 
Gangs of New York (2002)
10
 
0
 
The Little Foxes (1941)
9
 
0
 
Peyton Place (1957)
9
 
0
 
Quo Vadis? (1951)
8
 
0
 
The Nun's Story (1959)
8
 
0
 
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
8
 
0
 
The Elephant Man (1980)
8
 
0
 
Ragtime (1981)
8
 
0
 
The Remains of the Day(1993)
8
 
0
 
Best Pictures that Failed to Win Any Other Awards:
All MGM productions
Broadway Melody (1928/29)
 
And 
is the only Best Picture winner to receive only one nomination.There are ten films that have won Best Picture
without 
receiving a single acting nomination:
Wings (1927/8)
 
 
 
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
 
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
 
Gigi (1958)
 
The Last Emperor (1987)
 
Braveheart (1995)
 
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
 
Conversely, Best Picture-nominated films that have won the most Oscar awards
without 
winningBest Picture include the following films:

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