5 Movies That Set Oscar Records

The Oscars are considered the most prestigious and renowned competitive awards in the film industry. Their reputation is such that even scoring a nomination is a feat in itself. Since the organization was founded in 1929, more than three thousand Oscar statuettes have been awarded to individual winners.



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Each year, the Academy awards Oscars in 24 categories. The respective winners of each category are crowned and their names are engraved in the history books. Sometimes a film goes on to set an Oscar record (or two), for most sweeps, most nominations received, or most Oscars won.

5 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won every award it was nominated for

Based on the third volume of The Lord of the Rings written by JRR Tolkien, The king’s return is the last part of the trilogy adapted from Peter Jackson. The Fellowship of the Ring and The two towers were collectively nominated for nineteen Academy Awards, winning four in 2002 (Best Original Score, Cinematography, Makeup and Visual Effects) and two in 2003 (Best Sound Editing and Visual Effects).

At the 76th Academy Awards in 2004, The king’s return made history by winning every award it was nominated for, winning eleven awards in eleven categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Peter Jackson. The film also won awards for Best Art Direction, Makeup, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. The king’s returnThe 2004 hit is known as the biggest awards sweep in Oscars history.

4 La La Land (2016) tied for most nominations

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, The Earth stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a struggling jazz pianist and budding actress, respectively. The film follows the two leads as they fall in love and pursue their dreams in Los Angeles, California. As success begins to mount, they must deal with decisions that threaten the fabric of their romance, as well as the dreams each of them worked so hard to achieve.

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The Earth received a record fourteen nominations at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017, including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing , Sound Mixing, and two nominations for Best Original Song. He won in six categories, including original music, original song, cinematography and production design, as well as best actress for Emma Stone and best director for Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest director to win. at the age of 32.


3 All About Eve (1950) holds the record for most nominations received for available categories

Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All about Eve stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, an aging Broadway starlet whose career is threatened when an ambitious young fan interferes in Channing’s life and endangers her personal relationships. The film also features a performance by Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles, alongside George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe and Barbara Bates.

All about Eve received a record fourteen nominations at the 23rd Academy Awards in 1951, winning in six categories including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Costume Design, Original Score and Sound Recording. From 2022, All about Eve holds the record for the most nominations in the available categories in which he could have been nominated, sixteen.


2 Titanic (1997) tied for most nominations and most wins

Directed, written, produced and co-edited by James Cameron, Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, respectively. They are characters from different social classes who, aboard the unfortunate traveler, fall in love over the course of a week.

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Nominated for fourteen Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards in 1998, Titanic on par with All about Eve for most appointments. Receive recognition in the categories of Best Director, Art Direction, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Design, Sound Effects Editing, Original Dramatic Score and the original song, Titanic won eleven of fourteen and tied the record for most Oscars won by a single film.


1 Ben-Hur (1959) set the record for most Oscars won by a single film

Directed by William Wyler, Ben Hur stars Charlton Heston in the lead role of Judah Ben-Hur: a Palestinian Jew fighting against the Roman Empire in AD 26 at the time of Christ. A remake of the 1925 silent film, it was adapted from the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace Ben-Hur: A Story of Christby Karl Tunberg.

At the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960, Ben Hur made history when it was nominated for twelve Oscars, winning an unprecedented eleven in the categories Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Original Score, Sound, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film editing and special effects. The only reward Ben Hurdidn’t win was Best Adapted Screenplay, which went to Neil Paterson for Room at the top. As of 2022, the only films to have matched Ben-Hur’s earnings are Titanic and Return of the King.

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