All Time Oscar Records

The Oscar ceremony is around the corner and while we’re some good 6 days away from knowing the results, we can take a little walk down memory lane to take a look at the record creating artists and filmmakers. Read on to find out who has had most nominations in a category, who has taken home the maximum number of trophies and which movies have made history at the Academy Awards over the decades.

Most Oscars for an Individual: Walt Disney

This gentleman is credited with taking home 26 gold ladies during his life time! While 22 of these trophies were won through the competitive process, 4 of them were honorary awards.

Most Oscars for an actor: Katharine Hepburn

Hepburn is the only on-screen face to have won 4 Oscar Awards for her acting capabilities. She was nominated in the category of ‘Best Actress’ 12 times in all and her 4 wins came from her work in ‘Morning Glory’, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’, ‘The Lion in Winter’ and ‘On Golden Pond’.

Most acting nominations: Meryl Streep

The actor to have secured the most nominations is Meryl Streep with 17 nominations to date. Sadly, having only two wins to her credit out of the 17 nominations, Streep also holds the record for the maximum number of Oscar losses for an actor!

Most nominations for a film: ‘All About Eve’ and ‘Titanic’

This specific record is shared by two movies, ‘All About Eve’ (1950) and ‘Titanic’ (1997). Both the movies earned 14 Oscar nominations apiece but Titanic took precedence over ‘All About Eve’ owing to its 11 wins compared to the latter’s 6.

Most wins for a film: ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Titanic,’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’

There are three movies that share the honor of winning the maximum number of Oscar Awards. The record was created by the 1959 epic, ‘Ben Hur’ followed by the disaster drama ‘Titanic’ (1997) and finally the fantasy epic ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. The third and final installment of The Lord of the Rings series is also the only movie to have won all the 11 Oscars for which it was nominated!

Big Five Oscar winners: ‘It Happened One Night,’ ‘One Flew,’ ‘Silence of the Lambs’

The categories that are considered to be ‘Oscar’s Big Five’ are those of Actor, Actress, Movie, Director and Screenplay. There are only 3 movies in the 84 year tradition of Academy Awards to have bagged the Big Five. These movies are ‘It Happened One Night’ (1934), ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975) and ‘Silence of the Lambs’ (1991).

Most Oscars for directing: John Ford

Ford holds the distinction of winning 4 out of the 5 times that he was nominated for the Best Director’s category. His award winning movies include, ‘The Informer’ (1935), ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1940), ‘How Green Was My Valley’ (1941) and ‘The Quiet Man’ (1952).

Youngest acting winner: Tatum O’Neal

O’Neal became the second youngest Oscar nominee after Justin Henry (8 years) when she was nominated for her performance in the 1973 movie, ‘Paper Moon’. However, upon winning the award she created a new record – that of being the youngest actor to have won an Oscar – that is yet to be broken even after almost four decades.

Oldest acting winner: Jessica Tandy

She became the oldest actor to win an Oscar when Jessica Tandy won the award for her work in the 1989 comedy drama, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at the age of 80.

Youngest Best Actor winner: Adrien Brody

Winning the Best Actor award for his laudable performance in the Holocaust drama ‘The Pianist, Brody not only managed to establish himself as a force to reckon with in the world of acting but also went on to become the youngest actor to win the ‘Best Actor’s Award’. He was some 2 weeks shy of turning 30 at the time of the win.

Youngest Best Actress winner: Marlee Matlin

At the age of 21, Matlin became the youngest female to have won the award for ‘Best Actress’ in 1986 for her performance in ‘Children of a Lesser God’. She also holds the honor of winning an Oscar for her debut performance and for being the only deaf lady to bag the title!

Phew! That pretty much sums up most of the important Oscar records and now let’s focus on the 26th of February to see if new history is created on Hollywood’s most important night this years!

Article publié pour la première fois le 20/02/2012

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