Friday, February 22, 2013

Today is the anniversary of the release of It Happened One Night

On this day in 1934, It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, was released. The romantic comedy was the first film to sweep all major Academy Awards. What is your favorite Academy Award winning movie for Best Picture?

It Happened One Night won Best Picture, Best Director for Frank Capra, Best Actor for Clark Gable, Best Actress for Claudette Colbert, and Best Screenplay for Robert Riskin.

The other two pictures that have swept the main categories are One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and Silence of the Lambs in 1991.

No actor has won Best Lead Actor more than twice. If Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor are combined both Walter Brennan and Jack Nicholson have won 3 times (Nicholson 2 Best Actor, 1 Best Supporting Actor; Brennan, 3 Best Support Actor).

Spencer Tracy and Laurence Olivier were both nominated for 9 Best Actor Oscars; Jack Nicholson was nominated for 12 Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor Oscars.

Adrien Brody is the youngest Best Lead Actor winner, winning at 29.

Katharine Hepburn won the most Best Lead Actress Oscars with 4.

Meryl Streep has been nominated for 14 separate Best Lead Actress awards and 3 Best Supporting Actress Oscars.

Marlee Matlin is the youngest Best Lead Actress winner, winning at 21.

John Ford has won the most Best Director Oscars with 4; William Wyler was nominated the most number of times, at 12, with 3 wins.

Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Return of the King have all won 11 Academy Awards, the most of any movie.

The Return of the King is the only film to win in every category it was nominated for.

Walt Disney won 22 Oscars, the most of any man; Disney also won the most in one year, with 4.

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