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The Oscars

Note: unless otherwise stated or implied, years are the year the film was made – the Oscars ceremony is invariably held in the following year.

See also The Oscars: Summary, which gives the winners of Best Picture, Best Director and the four acting awards each year, since the first awards in 1929.

The First Oscars

Oscars first awarded Click to show or hide the answer
Host of the first Oscars ceremony (1929) Click to show or hide the answer

Outstanding Picture, Production Click to show or hide the answer  
Unique and Artistic Production Click to show or hide the answer
Best Director, Comedy Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Best Director, Dramatic Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

The Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards were first presented at the 9th award ceremony, in 1937.

Best Supporting Actor Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

Miscellaneous

Designer of the Oscar statuette (art director for MGM – won 11 awards) Click to show or hide the answer
Sculptor of the Oscar statuette Click to show or hide the answer
Hosted the Oscars ceremony 18 times, 1939–77; won five honorary Oscars but never a competitive one Click to show or hide the answer
Robert Opal's (unofficial) contribution to the Oscars ceremony in 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
Ceremony postponed for 48 hours in 1968 after Click to show or hide the answer
Two different actors (Marlon Brando in The Godfather, 1972, and Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II, 1974) won Oscars (although Brando refused it!) for their portrayals of Click to show or hide the answer
Prime minister played by George Arliss in a 1929 bio–pic that made him the first British actor to win an Oscar Click to show or hide the answer
Prestigious accounting company (headquartered in London), retained as responsible for compiling results at the Oscars in 2017, despite handing the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the announcers of the winner of Best Picture, at the 2017 ceremony Click to show or hide the answer

Miscellaneous: Titles

Most Oscars to a single film (11) Click to show or hide the answer
Most nominations (14) Click to show or hide the answer

Last black & white film to win Best Picture, apart from Schindler's List 1960 Click to show or hide the answer
Last black & white film to win Best Picture (and only the second since The Apartment in 1960) 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
First (only) animated film nominated for Best Picture (Disney) 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Writing (Original Screenplay); only won Best Writing 1941 Click to show or hide the answer
Spielberg film, nominated for 11 Oscars but didn't win any 1985 Click to show or hide the answer
John Voigt and Jane Fonda both won Leading Role Oscars for their roles in 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Animated Short Film: stars Donald Duck in a nightmare setting, working at a factory in Nazi Germany; features the song of the same title, recorded previously by Spike Jones 1944 Click to show or hide the answer
Martin Scorsese's only Best Director Oscar: also won Best Picture; stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg in Oscar–nominated roles 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Title role was turned down by Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and John Travolta, but won an Oscar for Tom Hanks 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire: won Best Picture, Best Director (Elia Kazan) and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm) 1947 Click to show or hide the answer
First sequel to win Best Picture (the first film also won it) 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
First colour film to win Best Picture 1939 Click to show or hide the answer
The only film to win Best Picture without being nominated in any other category 1932 Click to show or hide the answer
First non–US (British) film to win Best Picture 1948 Click to show or hide the answer
Beat Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon to win five Oscars, including Best Picture (producer Daryl F. Zanuck) and Best Director (John Ford) 1941 Click to show or hide the answer
Film about global warming, presented by former US Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore, which won Best Documentary Feature 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Won an Oscar in 1972, 20 years after being made (films are only eligible after being shown in LA, and it wasn't until then) 1952 Click to show or hide the answer
The only film produced by Walt Disney that was nominated for Best Picture (it didn't win) 1964 Click to show or hide the answer
The first X–rated film to win Best Picture 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
The only Stephen King novel whose film adaptation has won an Oscar 1990 Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Finch (posthumously), Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight won Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, for 1976 Click to show or hide the answer
Won Best Actor for Henry Fonda and Best Actress for Katharine Hepburn 1981 Click to show or hide the answer
Quentin Tarantino won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Director, for 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
The only Hitchcock film to win Best Picture (producer David O. Selznick) 1940 Click to show or hide the answer
Evergreen (Best Original Song Oscar) was written by the star of, and subtitled "Love theme from ... " 1976 Click to show or hide the answer
Won Oscars for Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, but not for Marlon Brando, who was nominated but lost out to Humphrey Bogart (in The African Queen) 1951 Click to show or hide the answer
1999 Gilbert & Sullivan biopic, directed by Mike Leigh: won two design Oscars 1951 Click to show or hide the answer
The only film to win Oscars for two members of the same family (John Huston Best Director, Walter Huston Best Actor) 1948 Click to show or hide the answer
John Wayne's 138th film, for which he won his only Oscar (Best Actor, playing Rooster Cogburn)1969 Click to show or hide the answer
The only silent film (and the first film) to win Best Picture1927 Click to show or hide the answer

Miscellaneous: Names

Won the Best Director Oscar in 1977, for Rocky Click to show or hide the answer
Won an Oscar for the score to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Also shared Oscars for the songs Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Click to show or hide the answer
First black recipient of Best Actress (Monster's Ball, 2001) Click to show or hide the answer
First female winner of Best Director (The Hurt Locker, 2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated for Best Actor five times in the 1950s, including four consecutive years 1951–4; won in 1954 for On the Waterfront Click to show or hide the answer
Refused Best Actor 1972 (for The Godfather), in protest at oppression of Native Americans Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated in every decade from the 1960s to the 'noughties' Click to show or hide the answer
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Won Best Actress in 1966 for Darling – the first Oscar–winning role that included a nude scene Click to show or hide the answer
The only winner of three Best (male) Actor awards (see below) Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated for Best Actress in five consecutive years, 1938–42; won in 1935 (Dangerous) and 1938 (Jezebel) Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated posthumously twice Click to show or hide the answer
Won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998 for eight minutes of screen time in Shakespeare in Love Click to show or hide the answer
Individual with most Oscars (22, plus 4 honorary) Click to show or hide the answer
The only performer to win an Oscar in a Hitchcock film (Suspicion, 1941) Click to show or hide the answer
Most Best Director Oscars (4) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in the East End of London, 1904: received seven Best Actress nominations, 1939–60, including five in a row 1941–5 – breaking Bette Davis's record; won only one, in 1942 (for Mrs. Miniver), when she made the longest ever acceptance speech – prompting the Academy to impose a time limit in later years Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing the medium Oda Mae Brown in Ghost (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Star Wars (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
The only person named Oscar ever to win an Oscar Click to show or hide the answer
Second (after Spencer Tracy) to win Best Actor in successive years (Philadelphia 1994, Forrest Gump 1995) Click to show or hide the answer
The only person to win four Acting Oscars (see below); also held the record for most acting nominations (with 12, between 1933 and 1981), until surpassed by Meryl Streep in 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
First British actress to be nominated (for The Importance of Being Earnest, 1938) Click to show or hide the answer
First person to be nominated posthumously and win (Best Screenplay, for Gone with the Wind) Click to show or hide the answer
Family: three generations won Oscars Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First British winner of Best Actor (for The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1933) Click to show or hide the answer
First British winner of Best Actress (for Gone with the Wind, 1939) Click to show or hide the answer
Yorkshire–born actor, won Oscar nominations for The Verdict, Georgy Girl and A Star Is Born Click to show or hide the answer
The only actor to receive three nominations for foreign language films (1963, 1977, 1987) Click to show or hide the answer
First black recipient of an acting Oscar (Gone with the Wind) Click to show or hide the answer
Last winner of the Honorary Juvenile Award (1961, for Pollyanna) Click to show or hide the answer
Italian record producer and composer: Best Original Score for Midnight Express (1978); Best Song for Flashdance...What a Feeling, from Flashdance (1983); Best Song for Take My Breath Away, from Top Gun (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
First person ever to refuse an Oscar: Best Writer, for The Informer (1935 film), due to a dispute between the Academy and the Screen Writers' Guild – collected it in 1938 Click to show or hide the answer
Most nominations for a male actor (12, 1969–2002, 3 awards) Click to show or hide the answer
Previous record number of nominations for a male actor (10, 1939–78, 1 win) – until surpassed by Jack Nicholson in 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest winner in a competitive category (Paper Moon, 1974, aged 10) Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated eight times for Best Actor (seven times 1962–82, also 2006) but never won; honorary Oscar 2003; set a new record of 44 years between nominations for the Best Actor Oscar, in 2007; died 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
Won Best Actor 1993 for Scent of a Woman, after seven unsuccessful nominations (including 3 for Best Supporting Actor); his first four nominations came in four consecutive years 1973–6 (1973 nomination was for Best Supporting Actor) Click to show or hide the answer
Won Best Actor twice in the noughties (Mystic River 2004, Milk 2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Surname of the only two brothers ever to receive Oscar nominations Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First black recipient of a leading role acting Oscar (The Lilies of the Field, 1963) Click to show or hide the answer
Won 7 Oscars as producer of Tom & Jerry Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the title role in Julia (1977 – playing opposite Jane Fonda) Click to show or hide the answer
Returned his Oscar (Best Actor for Patton, 1970) saying he didn't feel he was in competition with other actors. Also declined a nomination for The Hustler (1961), and when nominated for Anatomy of a Murder (1959) said "The whole thing is a goddamn meat parade. I don't want any part of it." Click to show or hide the answer
Most acting nominations (18, 1978–2014 – 3 awards) Click to show or hide the answer
Oldest recipient (Best Actress – Driving Miss Daisy, 1989, aged 80) – nominated for Best Supporting Actress two years later for Fried Green Tomatoes Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest recipient (Honorary Junior Award, 1935, aged 6 – first recipient) Click to show or hide the answer
First to win Best Actor in successive years (Captains Courageous 1938, Boys' Town 1939) Click to show or hide the answer
Famously announced that "The British [were] coming!" on accepting his award (Best Original Screenplay) for Chariots of Fire in 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated for Best Picture (as Producer), Best Director, Best Actor and Best Writing (Original Screenplay), in 1941; only won Best Writing Click to show or hide the answer

Winners: which film?

Woody Allen Best Picture, 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
The Beatles Best Original Song Score, 1970 Click to show or hide the answer
Ingrid Bergman Best Actress, 1944 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1956 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress, 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
Humphrey Bogart Best Actor, 1952 Click to show or hide the answer
Yul BrynnerBest Actor, 1957 Click to show or hide the answer
James CagneyBest Actor, 1943 Click to show or hide the answer
Michael Caine Best Supporting Actor, 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
CherBest Actress, 1988 Click to show or hide the answer
Julie Christie Best Actress, 1965 Click to show or hide the answer
Sean Connery Best Supporting Actor, 1988 Click to show or hide the answer
Bing Crosby Best Actor, 1945 Click to show or hide the answer
Bette Davis Best Actress, 1935 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1958 Click to show or hide the answer
Daniel Day–Lewis Best Actor, 1989 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor, 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor, 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
Faye Dunaway Best Actress, 1977 Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Finch Best Actor, 1977 (posthumously)
Jane FondaBest Actress, 1972 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1979 Click to show or hide the answer
Henry FondaBest Actor, 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Alec GuinnessBest Actor, 1958 Click to show or hide the answer
Audrey Hepburn Best Actress, 1954 Click to show or hide the answer
Katharine Hepburn Best Actress, 1934 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1968 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1969 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1983 Click to show or hide the answer
Alfred Hitchcock Best Director Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information
Dustin Hoffman Best Actor, 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor, 1989 Click to show or hide the answer
Glenda Jackson Best Actress, 1971 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
Diane Keaton Best Actress, 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Burt Lancaster Best Actor, 1961 Click to show or hide the answer
John Mills Best Supporting Actor, 1971 Click to show or hide the answer
Jack Nicholson Best Actor, 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor, 1983 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor, 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
David Niven Best Actor, 1959 Click to show or hide the answer
Nick Park Best Animated Short Film, 1990 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Animated Short Film, 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Animated Short Film, 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Animated Feature, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Maggie Smith Best Actress, 1970 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress, 1979 Click to show or hide the answer
Steven Spielberg Best Director, 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Film, 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Director, 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
James Stewart Best Actor, 1941 Click to show or hide the answer
Meryl Streep Best Supporting Actress, 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 1983 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress, 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
Barbra Streisand Best Actress, 1969 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Winners: who?

Best Musical Score for Bridge on the River Kwai Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress for A passage to India (1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Brother and sister Best Actor for A Free Soul (1932) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress for None but the Lonely Heart (1945) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Costume Design for My Fair Lady and Gigi Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actress for the role of the nurse, Hana, in The English Patient (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Won an Oscar for playing an Oscar–winning actress (Best Supporting Actress 2005, for playing Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress for Moonstruck (1988 – Olympia Dukakis won Best Supporting Actress) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress in 1965, for her role as Diana Scott in Darling – denying Julie Andrews a second consecutive award (she won it for Mary Poppins in 1964 and was nominated for The Sound of Music in 1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor for Goodbye Mr. Chips Click to show or hide the answer
A posthumous (Best Actor) Oscar (for Network – 1977) Click to show or hide the answer
The only two siblings ever to win lead ('Best') acting awards A Free Soul (1932) Click to show or hide the answer
None but the Lonely Heart (1945) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress for The Accused (1989) and Silence of the Lambs (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles (in Ray, 2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Won Best Actor twice in the 1980s (Kramer vs Kramer 1980, Rain Man 1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor for A Streetcar named Desire (1951); also nominated for On the Waterfront (1954) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor for Cat Ballou (1965), playing two characters that turn out to be brothers Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor in 1945 for his portrayal of an alcoholic in The lost weekend Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor for his role as a former astronaut in Terms of endearment (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor for Hamlet (1948) – the only Oscar ever won for a Shakespearean role Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor 1991, aged 72 for City Slickers Click to show or hide the answer
Oscars for Gigi, My fair lady, Irma la douce, Porgy & Bess Click to show or hide the answer
First actor (male or female) to win two Oscars – Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth; (1937) born Düsseldorf, died in London 2014 aged 104 Click to show or hide the answer
Won Best Supporting Actor in two consecutive years in the 1970s (All the President's Men 1977, Julia 1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor 1996 for Shine!; also nominated in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor, for The King's Speech Click to show or hide the answer
3 Best Original Score awards, for the three Lord of the Rings films Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor as Private Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953) Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actor 2000, for the role of Lester Burnham in American Beauty Click to show or hide the answer
Best Supporting Actor for his roles as the slave dealer Bariatus in Spartacus (1960) and as small–time crook Arthur Simon Simpson in Topkapi (1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Austrian–born actor, won Best Supporting Actor for  Inglorious Basterds in 2010 and Django Unchained in 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
Best Actress for The Reader (2009) – after 5 unsuccessful nominations 1996–2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Oscars playing unpleasant mothers in The Diary of Anne Frank (1960) and A Patch of Blue (1966) Click to show or hide the answer

Most Wins, By Year

Note: in this section, the years are the years of the awards.

The second column shows how many Oscars the film won.

19355 First film to 'sweep the board' – winning the 'Big Five' Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert) – also won Best Adapted Screenplay Click to show or hide the answer
194010 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19524 Including Best Actress (Vivien Leigh) and both Supporting awards (one of only two films to win three acting awards – see 1977) Click to show or hide the answer
19548 Inc. Best Picture and Best Director (Fred Zinneman) Click to show or hide the answer
195999 nominations, 9 awards, inc. Best Picture and Best Director (Vincente Minnelli) Click to show or hide the answer
196011 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
196210 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19637 Including Best Picture – the only Best Picture winner with no female speaking roles Click to show or hide the answer
19665 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19666 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19737 Including Best Director and Best Actress – most ever won by a film that didn't win Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19765Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Adapted Screenplay Click to show or hide the answer
19774 Including Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress (one of only two films to win three acting awards – see 1952) Click to show or hide the answer
19787 None for acting or Directing – or Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19828 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19855 Including Best Picture, Best Director (James L. Brookes), Best Actress (Shirley McLaine), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson) Click to show or hide the answer
19868 Including Best Picture, Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Murray Abraham) Click to show or hide the answer
198899 nominations, 9 awards, inc. Best Picture and Best Director Click to show or hide the answer
19917 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
19925Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Adapted Screenplay Click to show or hide the answer
19934 Including Best Picture, Director (Clint Eastwood) Click to show or hide the answer
19965 Including Best Picture and Best Director (Mel Gibson) Click to show or hide the answer
19979 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
29 nominations; only won Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing Click to show or hide the answer
199811 Including Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
20015 Including Best Picture and Best Actor (Kevin Spacey) Click to show or hide the answer
20024 Inc. Best Picture, Best Director (Ron Howard) Click to show or hide the answer
20036 First musical since Oliver! (1968) to win Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
20041111 nominations, 11 awards, inc. Best Picture and Best Director – but none for acting Click to show or hide the answer
20054Best Picture, Best Director (Clint Eastwood – oldest ever winner), Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) Click to show or hide the answer
5Inc. Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) Click to show or hide the answer
20063 Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
3Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score Click to show or hide the answer
3 Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design Click to show or hide the answer
3 Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects Click to show or hide the answer
20074 Inc. Best Picture and Best Director (Martin Scorsese) Click to show or hide the answer
20084 Inc. Best Picture Click to show or hide the answer
20098 Inc. Best Picture and Best Director (Danny Boyle) – but none for acting Click to show or hide the answer
20106 Inc. Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow) Click to show or hide the answer
20114 Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler) Click to show or hide the answer
20125 Inc. Best Film, Best Director (Michael Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) Click to show or hide the answer
5 All technical Click to show or hide the answer
20134 Best Director (Ang Lee) and Best Original Score – the others technical Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
20147 Inc. Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron) and Best Original Score, the rest all technical Click to show or hide the answer
20154 Best Film, Best Director (Alejandro Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography Click to show or hide the answer
4Best Musical Score, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design Click to show or hide the answer
20166 All technical Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
20176 Including Best Director (Damien Shazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Song (City of Stars) Click to show or hide the answer

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