List of Best Picture milestones

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Listed below is a list of milestones for the Academy Award for Best Picture that various films and individuals have achieved since the inception of the Academy Awards.

Milestones related to acting[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
2nd 1928/29 Broadway Melody, TheThe Broadway Melody 1 3 First winner for Best Picture to receive an acting nomination
7th 1934 It Happened One Night 5 5 First Best Picture nominee to win both Best Actor and Best Actress
15th 1942 Mrs. Miniver 6 12 First Best Picture nominee to receive nominations in all of the four acting categories
35th 1962 Lawrence of Arabia 7 10 Only Best Picture winner to have credited roles for actors of only one gender
48th 1975 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 5 9 Second Best Picture nominee to win both Best Actor and Best Actress
64th 1991 Silence of the Lambs, TheThe Silence of the Lambs 5 7 Most recent Best Picture winner to win both Best Actor and Best Actress
70th 1997 As Good As It Gets 2 7 Most recent Best Picture nominee to win both Best Actor and Best Actress
76th 2003 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 11 11 First (and only) film to win more than 10 awards (including Best Picture) and not receive an acting nomination
81st 2008 Slumdog Millionaire 8 10 Most recent film to win Best Picture without receiving any acting nominations
86th 2013 American Hustle 0 10 Most recent Best Picture nominee to receive nominations in all four of the acting categories

Milestones related to country or language[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
4th 1930/31 Trader Horn 0 1 First film shot on location outside the United States (Africa and Mexico) to be nominated for Best Picture
6th 1932/33 Private Life of Henry VIII, TheThe Private Life of Henry VIII 1 2 First foreign film to be nominated for Best Picture and to win any Academy Award (British)
11th 1938 Grand Illusion 0 1 First foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture (French)
21st 1948 Hamlet 4 7 First foreign film to win Best Picture (British)
73rd 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 4 10 Most recent foreign language film nominated for Best Picture with the most number of Academy Award nominations
73rd 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 4 10 First (and only) Mandarin film to be nominated for Best Picture
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 First production from a non-English speaking country to win Best Picture (French)[1]
85th 2012 Amour 1 5 Most recent foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture (French)

Milestones related to directing[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
19th 1946 Henry V 1 5 First Best Picture nominee directed by an Englishman (Laurence Olivier)
21st 1948 Hamlet 4 7 First Best Picture winner directed by an Englishman (Laurence Olivier)
34th 1961 West Side Story 10 11 First of only two Best Picture winners to have more than one credited director (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise)
58th 1985 The Color Purple 0 11 Most noms without a Best Director nomination.
59th 1986 Children of a Lesser God 1 5 First Best Picture nominee directed by a woman (Randa Haines)
70th 1997 Titanic 11 14 First Best Picture winner to be produced, directed, written, and edited by the same person (James Cameron)
79th 2006 Babel 1 6 First Best Picture nominee directed by a Mexican (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
80th 2007 No Country for Old Men 4 8 Most recent Best Picture winner to have more than one credited director (Joel and Ethan Coen)
82nd 2009 Hurt Locker, TheThe Hurt Locker 6 9 First (and only) Best Picture winner directed by a woman (Kathryn Bigelow)
82nd 2009 Precious 2 6 First Best Picture nominee directed by an African-American (Lee Daniels)
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 First Best Picture winner directed by a Frenchman (Michel Hazanavicius)
85th 2012 Argo 3 7 Most recent film to win Best Picture without being nominated for Best Director
86th 2013 12 Years a Slave 3 9 First Best Picture winner directed by a person of African descent (Steve McQueen)
87th 2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 4 9 First Best Picture winner directed by a Mexican (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)

Milestones related to genre[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
1st 1927/28 Wings 2 2 First war film to be nominated and win Best Picture
2nd 1928/29 Broadway Melody, TheThe Broadway Melody 1 3 First musical (diegetic backstage) to win Best Picture
2nd 1928/29 Hollywood Revue of 1929, TheThe Hollywood Revue of 1929 0 1 First (and only) revue to be nominated for Best Picture
3rd 1929/30 Love Parade, TheThe Love Parade 0 6 First non-diegetic musical nominated for Best Picture
4th 1930/31 Cimarron 3 7 First western to win Best Picture
7th 1934 It Happened One Night 5 5 First comedy to win Best Picture
9th 1936 Great Ziegfeld, TheThe Great Ziegfeld 3 7 First biographical picture (biopic) to win Best Picture
12th 1939 Wizard of Oz, TheThe Wizard of Oz 2 6 First children's film to be nominated for Best Picture
13th 1940 Rebecca 2 11 First thriller to win Best Picture
40th 1967 In the Heat of the Night 5 7 First (and only) mystery to win Best Picture
46th 1973 Exorcist, TheThe Exorcist 2 10 First horror film to be nominated for Best Picture
49th 1976 Rocky 3 10 First sports film to win Best Picture
50th 1977 Star Wars 7 10 First science fiction film to be nominated for Best Picture
58th 1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman 1 4 First independent film to be nominated for Best Picture
64th 1991 Beauty and the Beast 2 6 First animated film to be nominated for Best Picture
64th 1991 Silence of the Lambs, TheThe Silence of the Lambs 5 7 First (and only) horror film to win Best Picture
65th 1992 Unforgiven 4 9 Most recent Western to win Best Picture
73rd 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 4 10 First (and only) martial arts film to be nominated for Best Picture
75th 2002 Chicago 6 13 Most recent musical to win Best Picture
76th 2003 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 11 11 First (and only) fantasy film to win Best Picture
86th 2013 12 Years a Slave 3 9 Most recent biopic to win Best Picture
87th 2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 4 9 Most recent comedy to win Best Picture

Milestones related to other Academy Awards[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
1st 1927/28 Wings 2 2 Winner of the first Academy award for Best Picture
2nd 1928/29 Broadway Melody, TheThe Broadway Melody 1 3 First film to win Best Picture without winning any other Academy Awards
4th 1930/31 Cimarron 3 7 First film to be nominated for every major Academy Award, including Best Picture
5th 1931/32 Grand Hotel 1 1 First (and only) film to win Best Picture without receiving any other nominations
7th 1934 It Happened One Night 5 5 First of only three films to win every major Academy Award, including Best Picture
8th 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty 1 8 Most recent film to win Best Picture without winning any other Academy Awards
13th 1940 Rebecca 2 11 Last film to win Best Picture without winning for directing, writing, or acting
16th 1943 Ox-Bow Incident, TheThe Ox-Bow Incident 0 1 Most recent film to be nominated for Best Picture and no other award
24th 1951 Decision Before Dawn 0 2 First film to be nominated for Best Picture and only one other award after the switch to five nominees in 1944
39th 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 5 13 First (and only) Best Picture nominee to be nominated for every award category in which it was eligible
45th 1972 Cabaret 8 10 Most Oscar wins for a film that lost Best Picture
48th 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 5 9 Second of only three films to win every major Academy Award, including Best Picture
64th 1991 Silence of the Lambs, TheThe Silence of the Lambs 5 7 Third of only three films to win every major Academy Award, including Best Picture
67th 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral 0 2 Second, and final, film to be nominated for Best Picture and only one other award during the five nominee era. (1944-2008)
70th 1997 Titanic 11 14 Most recent film to win Best Picture without a screenplay nomination (Adapted or Original)
76th 2003 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 11 11 Most recent film to win Best Picture and all of its other nominated categories
86th 2013 American Hustle 0 10 Most recent film to be nominated for every major Academy Award, including Best Picture
87th 2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 4 9 Most recent film to win Best Picture without a Best Film Editing nomination.

Milestones related to other awards ceremonies[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
6th 1932/33 42nd Street 0 2 Earliest Best Picture nominee to be the basis for a winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1981).
11th 1938 You Can't Take It with You 2 7 First of only two Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from plays that won the Pulitzer Prize
12th 1939 Gone with the Wind 8 13 First of only two Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from novels that won the Pulitzer Prize
18th 1945 Lost Weekend, TheThe Lost Weekend 4 7 Only film to win both Best Picture and the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
22nd 1949 All the King's Men 3 7 Second of only two Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from novels that won the Pulitzer Prize
23rd 1950 All About Eve 6 14 First Best Picture winner to be the basis for a winner (or nominee) of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1970) which, in turn, was the first Best Musical winner or nominee to be based on any film.
27th 1954 On the Waterfront 8 12 First of only two Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from journalism that won the Pulitzer Prize (for Local Reporting in 1949)
28th 1955 Marty 4 8 Only film to win both Best Picture and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or
28th 1955 Mister Roberts 1 3 One of two (along with The Rose Tattoo) Best Picture nominees that were the first to be adapted from a recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play (1948). (Note: Mister Roberts was pre-selected for Best Play when that award was a non-competitive category.)
28th 1955 Rose Tattoo, TheThe Rose Tattoo 3 8 One of two (along with Mister Roberts) Best Picture nominees that were the first to be adapted from a recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play (1951). (Note: The Rose Tattoo was pre-selected for Best Play when that award was a non-competitive category.)
29th 1956 King and I, TheThe King and I 5 9 First Best Picture nominee based on a recipient of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1952). (Note: The 1952 production of The King and I was pre-selected for the Tony Award when Best Musical was a non-competitive category.)
31st 1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 0 6 First Best Picture nominee based on a nominee for the Tony Award for Best Play (1956) in a competitive category.
32nd 1959 Diary of Anne Frank, TheThe Diary of Anne Frank 3 8 First Best Picture nominee based on a winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (1956) in a competitive category.
34th 1961 West Side Story 10 11 First Best Picture winner based on a nominee for the Tony Award for Best Musical (1958) in a competitive category.
35th 1962 Music Man, TheThe Music Man 1 6 First Best Picture nominee based on a Tony Award for Best Musical (1958) winner in a competitive category.
37th 1964 My Fair Lady 8 12 First of two Best Picture winners (awarded in consecutive years) to be based on a winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1957).
38th 1965 Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of Music 5 10 Second of two Best Picture winners (awarded in consecutive years) to be based on a winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1960). (Note: The 1959 production of The Sound of Music tied with Fiorello! for Best Musical.)
39th 1966 Man for All Seasons, AA Man for All Seasons 6 8 First of only two Best Picture winners based on a winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (1962).
46th 1973 Sting, TheThe Sting 7 10 First of only two films to win Best Picture without being nominated for either of the three Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture (drama, comedy/musical or foreign film).
57th 1984 Amadeus 8 11 Second of only two Best Picture winners based on a winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (1981).
61st 1988 Rain Man 4 8 Only film to win Berlin Golden Bear and Best Picture
62nd 1989 Driving Miss Daisy 4 9 Second of only two Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from plays that won the Pulitzer Prize
78th 2005 Crash 3 6 First of only three film festival acquisitions to win Best Picture
78th 2005 Crash 3 6 Second of only two films to win Best Picture without being nominated for either of the three Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture (drama, comedy/musical or foreign film).
82nd 2009 Hurt Locker, TheThe Hurt Locker 6 9 Second of only three film festival acquisitions to win Best Picture
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 Most recent of only three film festival acquisitions to win Best Picture[2]
88th 2015 Spotlight 2 6 Second of only two Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from journalism that won the Pulitzer Prize (for Public Service in 2003)

Milestones related to rating[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
41st 1968 Oliver! 6 11 First film with an MPAA rating to win Best Picture
41st 1968 Oliver! 6 11 First (and only) G-rated film to win Best Picture
42nd 1969 Midnight Cowboy 3 7 First (and only) X-rated film to win Best Picture
42nd 1969 Anne of the Thousand Days 1 10 First M-rated film to be nominated for Best Picture
42nd 1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 4 7 Most recent M-rated film to be nominated for Best Picture
43rd 1970 Patton 7 10 First (and only) GP-rated film to win Best Picture
44th 1971 Clockwork Orange, AA Clockwork Orange 0 4 Most recent X-rated film to be nominated for Best Picture
44th 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra 2 7 Last GP-rated film to be nominated for Best Picture
44th 1971 French Connection, TheThe French Connection 5 8 First R-rated film to win Best Picture
46th 1973 The Sting 7 10 First PG-rated film to win Best Picture
58th 1985 Color Purple, TheThe Color Purple 0 11 First PG-13-rated film to be nominated for Best Picture
59th 1986 Room with a View, AA Room with a View 3 8 Last unrated film to receive a Best Picture nomination, as well as the only unrated film after 1967 to get a Best Picture nomination
60th 1987 Last Emperor, TheThe Last Emperor 9 9 First PG-13-rated film to win Best Picture
62nd 1989 Driving Miss Daisy 4 9 Most recent Best Picture winner with a PG rating
83rd 2010 Toy Story 3 2 5 Most recent Best Picture nominee with a G rating.
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 Most recent Best Picture winner with a PG-13 rating.
85th 2012 Life of Pi 4 11 Most recent Best Picture nominee with a PG rating.

Milestones related to sequels, prequels, remakes, and adaptations[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
3rd 1929/30 Disraeli 1 3 First remake (of a 1921 silent film) to be nominated for Best Picture
4th 1930/31 Skippy 1 4 First (and only) film based on a comic book, comic strip, or graphic novel to be nominated for Best Picture
8th 1935 Midsummer Night's Dream, AA Midsummer Night's Dream 2* 3 First Shakespeare adaptation to be nominated for Best Picture (* one of its two Oscars was a write-in winner)
18th 1945 Bells of St. Mary's, TheThe Bells of St. Mary's 1 8 First sequel to be nominated for Best Picture
21st 1948 Hamlet 4 7 First (and only) Shakespeare adaptation to win Best Picture
28th 1955 Marty 4 8 First (and only) film based on a television film or mini-series to win Best Picture
47th 1974 Godfather Part II, TheThe Godfather Part II 6 11 First sequel to win Best Picture.
63rd 1990 Godfather Part III, TheThe Godfather Part III 0 7 First of only two trilogies to have all three films nominated for Best Picture
63rd 1990 Godfather Part III, TheThe Godfather Part III 0 7 Only third installment in a trilogy that didn't win Best Picture with all of the installments in the trilogy nominated.
66th 1993 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive 1 7 First film based on a television series to be nominated for Best Picture
73rd 2000 Traffic 4 5 Most recent Best Picture nominee to have been based on a television film or mini-series
76th 2003 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 11 11 Second of only two trilogies to have all three films nominated for Best Picture, and only one to have the third installment win.
79th 2006 Departed, TheThe Departed 4 5 First (and only) remake of a feature film to win Best Picture
83rd 2010 Toy Story 3 2 5 First of only two sequels to be nominated for Best Picture without any of its predecessors being nominated
88th 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road 6 10 First fourth installment of a franchise to be nominated for Best Picture. Second of only two sequels to be nominated for Best Picture without any of its predecessors being nominated

Milestones related to superlatives[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
6th 1932/33 She Done Him Wrong 0 1 Shortest film to be nominated for Best Picture (1 hour 6 minutes)
12th 1939 Gone with the Wind 8 13 Longest film to win Best Picture (3 hours 54 minutes)[note 1]
23rd 1950 All About Eve 6 14 First of only two films to receive 14 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture
25th 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful 5 6 Most wins without a nomination for Best Picture
28th 1955 Marty 4 8 Shortest film to win Best Picture (1 hour 30 minutes)[note 2]
31st 1958 Gigi 9 9 Shortest title of a Best Picture winner (tied with Argo)
32nd 1959 Ben-Hur 11 12 First of only three films to win 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
36th 1963 Cleopatra 4 5 Longest film to be nominated for Best Picture (4 hours 8 minutes)[note 3]
42nd 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1 9 Most nominations without being nominated for Best Picture
42nd 1969 Z 2 5 Shortest title of a Best Picture nominee
45th 1972 Cabaret 8 10 Best Picture nominee to win the most Academy Awards (8) without winning Best Picture
50th 1977 Turning Point, TheThe Turning Point 0 11 First of two Best Picture nominees to receive 11 nominations without winning any Academy Awards
58th 1985 Color Purple, TheThe Color Purple 0 11 Second of two Best Picture nominees to receive 11 nominations without winning any Academy Awards
70th 1997 Titanic 11 14 Second of only two films to receive 14 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture
70th 1997 Titanic 11 14 First Best Picture winner to gross more than a billion US dollars worldwide.[4]
70th 1997 Titanic 11 14 Second of only three films to win 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
76th 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 11 11 First and only film with ten or more nominations (11) to win in every nomination it received including Best Picture
82nd 2009 Hurt Locker, TheThe Hurt Locker 6 9 Lowest-grossing film after 1955 to win Best Picture
85th 2013 Argo 3 7 Shortest title of a Best Picture winner (tied with Gigi)
87th 2014 Selma 1 2 Most recent film to be nominated for Best Picture and not receive at least a single nomination in direction, acting or screenplay.
87th 2014 Selma 1 2 Most recent film to be nominated for Best Picture to have won every nomination except Best Picture.
88th 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road 6 10 Most recent film to win the most Academy Awards in its year (6) without winning Best Picture

Milestones related to technology[edit]

Annual Year Film Awards Noms Milestone
1st 1927/28 Wings 2 2 First (of two) silent films to win Best Picture
2nd 1928/29 Broadway Melody, TheThe Broadway Melody 1 3 First sound film to win Best Picture
10th 1937 Star Is Born, AA Star Is Born 1 7 First all-color film nominated for Best Picture
12th 1939 Gone with the Wind 8 13 First all-color film to win Best Picture
18th 1945 Anchors Aweigh 1 5 First live action/traditional animation hybrid film to be nominated for Best Picture
26th 1953 Robe, TheThe Robe 2 5 First motion picture (and Best Picture nominee) in CinemaScope
33rd 1960 Apartment, TheThe Apartment 5 10 Last black-and-white film before 1993 to win Best Picture
36th 1963 How the West Was Won 3 8 First (and only) film shot in the 3-strip Cinerama process to be nominated for Best Picture
64th 1991 Beauty and the Beast 2 6 First (and, to date, only) traditional animated film to be nominated for Best Picture
82nd 2009 Avatar 3 9 First nominee to be entirely filmed using 3D film technology
82nd 2009 Up 2 5 First computer animated film to be nominated for Best Picture
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 First silent film since 1927/28 (the first ever awards ceremony) to win Best Picture (though with some sound sequences)
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 Most recent black-and-white film to win Best Picture
84th 2011 The Artist 5 10 Most recent Academy ratio (1.37:1 or 4:3) film to win Best Picture, and the first since various widescreen aspect ratios (ranging from 1.66:1 to 2.40:1) became standard in the mid-1950s

Other superlatives[edit]

Category Record Holder Record
Most Best Picture Awards by a Studio[note 4] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 5 awards
Most Best Picture Nominations by a Studio[note 4] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 40 nominations
Most Best Picture Awards by a Producer Sam Spiegel and Saul Zaentz 3 awards
Most Best Picture Nominations by a Producer Hal B. Wallis 19 nominations
Most Best Picture Awards by a Director William Wyler 3 awards
Most Best Picture Nominations by a Director William Wyler 13 nominations

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It remains a very close call — a tie, virtually — between the top two "longest" Best Pictures. The total film time (without music) of Gone with the Wind (1939) is almost 221 minutes (3 hours and 41 minutes); with the Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte, and Walkout Music, it reaches 234 minutes (3 hours and 54 minutes). The total film time (without music) of the original Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is just over 222 minutes (3 hours and 42 minutes), slightly longer than Gone with the Wind. Lawrence of Arabia's additional elements extend the film to about 232 minutes (3 hours and 52 minutes). If just counting the film itself, Lawrence of Arabia is the longer of the two contenders. The other longest Best Picture winners are, in order: Ben-Hur (1959) at 212 minutes (3 hours and 32 minutes) and The Lord of Rings: Return of the King (2003) at 201 minutes (3 hours and 21 minutes). However, the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which was released almost a year after the shorter theatrical version of the film won Best Picture, runs 251 minutes (4 hours and 11 minutes).
  2. ^ There is an alternate version which includes an extra scene that takes this film's duration to 94 minutes, a minute longer than the second shortest Best Picture winnner, 1977's Annie Hall. The extra scene is included on the CBS FOX Video but deleted from the MGM Vintage Classics Video and DVD.[3]
  3. ^ The longest film to ever win any Academy Award was Russia's War and Peace (1968) at 414 minutes (6 hours and 54 minutes), winner of Best Foreign Language Film.
  4. ^ a b Until the 23rd Academy Awards (1950), Best Picture was awarded to the studio that produced the film. Beginning with the 24th Academy Awards (1951), however, it has been awarded to the individual producers credited on the film. Note also that until 1943, there were ten (rather than five) nominated films per year. As of 2009, there are once again ten nominated films. The first year in which multiple individuals jointly won was 1973, with three winners for The Sting. The greatest number of joint winners was five, for Shakespeare in Love in 1998. After this, the Academy imposed a limit of three nominated producers per film; however, this limit may be exceeded in a "rare and extraordinary circumstance", such as in 2008 when both Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were posthumously included among four nominees for The Reader.[5]

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