With the 2014 Oscar Nominations coming up soon – to be revealed January 16th – it seemed appropriate to provide a brief history of the most astounding and most impressive nominations and wins of the Oscars since the first Academy Awards was held on May 11th, 1927. With so many decades of incredible films and actors acknowledged and awarded, compiling a complete summary of everyone and everything who has won would be an immense task; instead, it seemed interesting to present the movies with the greatest number of nominations and wins over the past 87 years.
The six biggest categories at the Oscars are Best Picture, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay/Writer. Over the years, these categories and the many others have changed names constantly, but the prestige of each award remains the same. The number of categories presented at the Academy Awards has also constantly differed over time, but at present, 24 categories are hosted.
It is no secret that at the 1997 Oscars, Titanic was the movie to bring home the most awards. Starting the evening off with fourteen nominations and ending it with eleven actual wins, the Titanic is to this day the most successful movie ever to have been nominated at the Oscars. The Titanic beat out it’s predecessor, Ben Hur – which also had eleven wins – but was less successful in total with twelve nominations. In 2003, the third most prosperous movie was made to be Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, raking in eleven nominations and winning in all of these eleven categories.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have the movies with the most nominations in the history of the Academy Awards. However, this list proves that the most number of nominations does not automatically equal the most number of wins. Of course, Titanic dispels this rule almost immediately; with its fourteen nominations it is also the most nominated film of all time. Nevertheless, the list continues down a different path after that; in second place, the 1950’s movie All About Eve also brought in fourteen nominations, but was placed second because of the fact that it actually won six Oscars in total. In third place, with thirteen nominations comes Gone With The Wind, presented at the Academy Awards in 1939. Gone With The Wind still ranks at the top of the large ‘thirteen nominations’ list because it beat out its eight other competitors with eight out of thirteen wins.
2013 was another year of great films. The Producer’s Guild Award (PGA) recently announced their list of nominees, of which the winner will be awarded on the 19th of January, 3 days after the Oscars announce their own nominees. In past years, the nominations from the PGA have been a good indicator for which films might be in the running for the Oscars. As follows, their list consists of: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Saving Mr. Banks, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, and Dallas Buyer’s Club. Let’s just hold out hope for DiCaprio that he finally gest his Oscar this year.
By Eleane Kuiper