“There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven’t. You just do the best you can.” Clint Eastwood, Best Director, Million Dollar Baby, 2004.
In 87 years of age, the Oscar has delighted us with unmatched emotional moments: from euphoria to actors bursting into tears, from remembering cinematic legends to paying tribute to the passed stars, Oscar always has entertained us immensely. Sometimes, those compelling moments have instilled a life-changing inspiration and motivation in the heart and minds of millions of viewers. In the span of 87 years, the Oscars award has generated many curious and interesting records. Out of those numerous moments, we have compiled 15 of them in Oscar’s history. Let’s browse through them and let us know your favorite record in Oscar history.
1. The Only Person who won both, Oscar & Nobel Prize
George Bernard Shaw: The Irish playwright has the honor to win both awards: he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 1938 film Pygmalion and Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925
2. The Oldest Man who won the Best Actor Award
Henry Fonda: The 6th Greatest Male Star of All Time & the patriarch of a family of famous actors won the Best Actor award in his age of 76 for 1981 film On Golden Pond.
3. The Oldest Woman who won the Best Actress Award
Jessica Tandy: In her old age of 80, Jessica won the Best Actress award for 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. She was named as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People’s magazine.
4. The Youngest Winners of Oscar Award
- Tatum O’Neal: The youngest ever to win a competitive Academy Award. Tatum was 10 years old when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress playing opposite her father Ryan O’Neal in 1974 movie, Paper Moon.
- Shirley Temple: At age 6, Shirley won special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer to motion pictures.
5. The Oldest Nominated for Acting
Gloria Stuart: The 101 years old Rose Dawson of 1997 Titanic movie is the oldest person to be nominated for Oscar as Best Supporting Actress at her 87. She died in September 26, 2010 aged 100.
6. The Most Nominated Actor without an Oscar Award
Peter O’Toole: The British-Irish actor who played the legendary role of T. E. Lawrence in 1962 Lawrence of Arabia has been nominated record number of times, 8, without a single win in acting cateogry. Finally in 2002, he received an Honorary Academy Award. His outstanding talent has given some of the most memorable characters in cinematic history.
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7. The Most Nominated Actor before his First Oscar Award
Al Pacino & Geraldine Page: The Godfather of acting arena and Geraldine Page were the actors who were nominated 8 times before winning an Oscar. Geraldine Page received her Academy Award for the Best Actress for 1985 film The Trip to Bountiful & Al Pacino got the most due award for Best Actor in 1992 film Scent of a Woman.
8. The Maximum Oscars for a Black Actor
Denzel Washington: Is the fortunate Black actor who received two academy awards: the Best Supporting Actor for the 1989 historical war film Glory and The Best Actor for 2001 crime thriller Training Day.
“Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We’re both a little weather-beaten, but we’re still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.” John Wayne, 1979 Academy Awards honouree – But, unfortunately, the cinematic legend died 2 months later
9. The Longest Time between Winning Oscar after a Film Release
20 years: Yes, the Film Limelight waited for 20 years to win its Oscar after its release. The Film was originally released in 1952 worldwide, extraordinarily popular in Japan; extremely successful in Europe BUT very poor performance, only $1 million in US. The reason was Charlie Chaplin, face of the movie was seen by many in US as communist sympathizer. Many US theaters passed over the film. It was released in US in 1972 and was finally honored at the Academy Awards, Best Original Dramatic Score after 20 long years.
10. The Highest number of Oscars for Producing Films
There are 3 fortunate producers who have received 3 Oscars each for producing the Best Films
Sam Spiegel: The first to win Academy Award for Best Picture for 3 times: 1954 Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront, 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai & 1962 Lawrence of Arabia
Saul Zaentz: The producer won Academy Award for Best Picture for 3 times: 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1984 Amadeus and the third award for The English Patient which came in 1996
Darryl F. Zanuck: The Silent Era story contributor earned 3 Academy Awards for Best Pictures: 1940 How Green Was My Valley, Gentleman’s Agreement which came in 1947 and his last win was 1950 Classic All About Eve.
11. The Maximum Oscar Nominations Without a Single Win
Kevin O’Connell: The sound re-recording is the unfortunate mixer who has been nominated 20 times without a single Oscar winning. He has been nominated since 1983 till recently 2007.
“I’ve been the luckiest guy in the world. Our family has met world leaders, the pope, presidents; we have been in the company of the elite of Hollywood when we were out there working with the likes of Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr.” – Kevin O’Connell, courtesy: buffalonews.com
12. The Film Series which won Maximum number of Best Picture Awards
The Godfather Series: The crime & Underworld saga films, Godfather 1 & 2, two of the greatest masterpieces in world cinema are the fortunate to win the Best Picture Awards. In 1993, Godfather II was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
13. The Maximum Oscars for a Character Played
Vito Corleone: The character won the most number of Oscars, 2. First in The Godfather, 1972 played by Marlon Brando won the Best Actor award and second in The Godfather Part II won Best Supporting Actor award for the character played by Robert DeNiro in 1974.
14. The Most Nominated Person in Oscar History
Walt Disney: The legendary cartoonist & the cultural icon of the world has been nominated 59 times of which he won 22 Academy awards and 4 honorary Oscar awards making him the most awarded and nominated individual in Oscars history.
15. The Oldest Oscar winner for Acting
Christopher Plummer: The Canadian actor received the Best Supporting Actor award at the oldest age of 82 for 2011 film Beginners.
“You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?” Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor, The Beginners, 2012
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