List of Big Five Academy Award winners and nominees

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At the Academy Awards, the so-called "Big Five" awards are those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay (either Best Original Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay).[1] As of the 92nd Academy Awards (2019), a total of 43 films have been nominated in all five of these award categories. Only three films have won all five of these major awards: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Eight films failed to win any of the five major awards after being nominated in each category.

List of films[edit]

This list of films is sorted by the number of Big Five Academy Awards received by each film. Award winners are listed in bold with green background; others listed are nominees who did not win.

in Film
Big Five
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
(A): Adapted Screenplay / (O): Original Screenplay
7th 1934 5 5 5 It Happened One Night Frank Capra Clark Gable Claudette Colbert Robert Riskin (A)
48th 1975 9 5 5 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Miloš Forman Jack Nicholson Louise Fletcher Lawrence Hauben / Bo Goldman (A)
64th 1991 7 5 5 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme Anthony Hopkins Jodie Foster Ted Tally (A)
12th 1939 13 8 4 Gone with the Wind Victor Fleming Clark Gable Vivien Leigh Sidney Howard (A) [note 1]
15th 1942 12 6 4 Mrs. Miniver William Wyler Walter Pidgeon Greer Garson George Froeschel / James Hilton / Claudine West / Arthur Wimperis (A) [note 2]
50th 1977 5 4 4 Annie Hall Woody Allen Woody Allen Diane Keaton Woody Allen / Marshall Brickman (O)
72nd 1999 8 5 4 American Beauty Sam Mendes Kevin Spacey Annette Bening Alan Ball (O)
26th 1953 13 8 3 From Here to Eternity Fred Zinnemann Montgomery Clift / Burt Lancaster Deborah Kerr Daniel Taradash (A) [note 3]
33rd 1960 10 5 3 The Apartment Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon Shirley MacLaine Billy Wilder / I. A. L. Diamond (O)
49th 1976 10 4 3 Network Sidney Lumet Peter Finch / William Holden Faye Dunaway Paddy Chayefsky (O) [note 4]
51st 1978 8 3 3 Coming Home Hal Ashby Jon Voight Jane Fonda Robert C. Jones / Waldo Salt / Nancy Dowd (O)
54th 1981 10 3 3 On Golden Pond Mark Rydell Henry Fonda Katharine Hepburn Ernest Thompson (A)
77th 2004 7 4 3 Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood Hilary Swank Paul Haggis (A) [note 5]
4th 193031 7 3 2 Cimarron Wesley Ruggles Richard Dix Irene Dunne Howard Estabrook (A)
13th 1940 6 2 2 The Philadelphia Story George Cukor James Stewart Katharine Hepburn Donald Ogden Stewart (A)
20th 1947 8 3 2 Gentleman's Agreement Elia Kazan Gregory Peck Dorothy McGuire Moss Hart (A)
24th 1951 9 6 2 A Place in the Sun George Stevens Montgomery Clift Shelley Winters Harry Brown / Michael Wilson (A)
27th 1954 7 2 2 The Country Girl George Seaton Bing Crosby Grace Kelly George Seaton (A)
32nd 1959 6 2 2 Room at the Top Jack Clayton Laurence Harvey Simone Signoret Neil Paterson (A)
40th 1967 10 2 2 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Stanley Kramer Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn William Rose (O)
41st 1968 7 3 2 The Lion in Winter Anthony Harvey Peter O'Toole Katharine Hepburn James Goldman (A)
49th 1976 10 3 2 Rocky John G. Avildsen Sylvester Stallone Talia Shire Sylvester Stallone (O)
69th 1996 12 9 2 The English Patient Anthony Minghella Ralph Fiennes Kristin Scott Thomas Anthony Minghella (A) [note 6]
89th 2016 14 6 2 La La Land Damien Chazelle Ryan Gosling Emma Stone Damien Chazelle (O)
10th 1937 7 1 1 A Star Is Born William A. Wellman Fredric March Janet Gaynor William A. Wellman / Robert Carson / Dorothy Parker / Alan Campbell (O)
12th 1939 7 1 1 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Sam Wood Robert Donat Greer Garson R. C. Sherriff, Claudine West, and Eric Maschwitz (A)
13th 1940 11 2 1 Rebecca Alfred Hitchcock Laurence Olivier Joan Fontaine Robert E. Sherwood / Joan Harrison (A)
21st 1948 12 1 1 Johnny Belinda Jean Negulesco Lew Ayres Jane Wyman Irma von Cube / Allen Vincent (A)
23rd 1950 11 3 1 Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder William Holden Gloria Swanson Charles Brackett / Billy Wilder / D. M. Marshman, Jr. (O)
24th 1951 12 4 1 A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan Marlon Brando Vivien Leigh Tennessee Williams (A) [note 7]
39th 1966 13 5 1 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor Ernest Lehman (A) [note 8]
40th 1967 7 1 1 The Graduate Mike Nichols Dustin Hoffman Anne Bancroft Calder Willingham / Buck Henry (A)
47th 1974 11 1 1 Chinatown Roman Polanski Jack Nicholson Faye Dunaway Robert Towne (O)
54th 1981 12 3 1 Reds Warren Beatty Warren Beatty Diane Keaton Warren Beatty / Trevor Griffiths (O) [note 9]
85th 2012 8 1 1 Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Bradley Cooper Jennifer Lawrence David O. Russell (A)
31st 1958 7 0 0 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks Paul Newman Elizabeth Taylor Richard Brooks / James Poe (A)
34th 1961 9 2 0 The Hustler Robert Rossen Paul Newman Piper Laurie Sidney Carroll / Robert Rossen (A)
40th 1967 10 2 0 Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn Warren Beatty Faye Dunaway David Newman / Robert Benton (O) [note 10]
43rd 1970 7 1 0 Love Story Arthur Hiller Ryan O'Neal Ali MacGraw Erich Segal (A)
47th 1974 6 0 0 Lenny Bob Fosse Dustin Hoffman Valerie Perrine Julian Barry (A)
54th 1981 5 0 0 Atlantic City Louis Malle Burt Lancaster Susan Sarandon John Guare (O)
66th 1993 8 0 0 The Remains of the Day James Ivory Anthony Hopkins Emma Thompson Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (A)
86th 2013 10 0 0 American Hustle David O. Russell Christian Bale Amy Adams Eric Warren Singer / David O. Russell (O)


David O. Russell, Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols are the only four directors with two movies on this list.

Nine actors appear twice on this list as Best Actor nominees: Anthony Hopkins, Burt Lancaster, Clark Gable, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Montgomery Clift, Paul Newman, Warren Beatty and William Holden.

Four actresses appear twice on this list as Best Actress nominees: Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson and Diane Keaton. Faye Dunaway appears three times, while Katharine Hepburn appears four times.

Billy Wilder, David O. Russell and Claudine West are the only screenwriters with two screenplays on this list.

Eight directors also wrote the screenplays of their movies: Billy Wilder, David O. Russell, Damien Chazelle, Anthony Minghella, George Seaton, Richard Brooks, Robert Rossen and William A. Wellman.

Sylvester Stallone is credited for both writing and acting in Rocky. Clint Eastwood is credited for both directing and acting in Million Dollar Baby. Warren Beatty and Woody Allen were each credited for acting, writing and directing their respective movies on the list.

Network and From Here to Eternity each had six nominations in the "Big Five"; both extra nominations were for Best Actor.

The ceremonies with the most "Big Five" nominated films were the 40th and 54th with three films each. Other ceremonies with multiple "Big Five" nominees are the 12th, 13th, 24th, 47th and 49th, each one with two films.

Other films with 4 "Big Five" awards[edit]

These films won all their 4 nominations for the Big Five Academy Awards. The list is sorted by the Awards Ceremony.

in Film
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
(A): Adapted Screenplay / (O): Original Screenplay
17th 1944 10 7 Going My Way Leo McCarey Bing Crosby - Frank Butler / Frank Cavett (A)
18th 1945 7 4 The Lost Weekend Billy Wilder Ray Milland - Charles Brackett / Billy Wilder (A)
19th 1946 8 7 The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler Fredric March - Robert E. Sherwood (A)
27th 1954 12 8 On the Waterfront Elia Kazan Marlon Brando - Budd Schulberg (O)
28th 1955 8 4 Marty Delbert Mann Ernest Borgnine - Paddy Chayefsky (A)
30th 1957 8 7 The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Alec Guinness - Michael Wilson / Carl Foreman / Pierre Boulle (A)
39th 1966 8 6 A Man for All Seasons Fred Zinnemann Paul Scofield - Robert Bolt (A)
43rd 1970 10 7 Patton Franklin J. Schaffner George C. Scott - Francis Ford Coppola / Edmund H. North (O)
44th 1971 8 5 The French Connection William Friedkin Gene Hackman - Ernest Tidyman (A)
52nd 1979 9 5 Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton Dustin Hoffman - Robert Benton (A)
55th 1982 11 8 Gandhi Richard Attenborough Ben Kingsley - John Briley (O)
56th 1983 11 5 Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks - Shirley MacLaine James L. Brooks (A)
57th 1984 11 8 Amadeus Miloš Forman F. Murray Abraham - Peter Shaffer (A)
61st 1988 8 4 Rain Man Barry Levinson Dustin Hoffman - Ronald Bass / Barry Morrow (O)
67th 1994 13 6 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis Tom Hanks - Eric Roth (A)
83rd 2010 12 4 The King's Speech Tom Hooper Colin Firth - David Seidler (O)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gone With the Wind: Hattie McDaniel won for Best Supporting Actress.
  2. ^ Mrs. Miniver: Teresa Wright won for Best Supporting Actress. May Whitty was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
  3. ^ From Here to Eternity: Frank Sinatra won for Best Supporting Actor. Donna Reed won for Best Supporting Actress. This film received six nominations in the Big Five Categories; two actors (Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster) were each nominated for Best Actor.
  4. ^ Network: Beatrice Straight won for Best Supporting Actress. Ned Beatty was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. This film received six nominations in the Big Five Categories; two actors (Peter Finch and William Holden) were each nominated for Best Actor.
  5. ^ Million Dollar Baby: Morgan Freeman won for Best Supporting Actor.
  6. ^ The English Patient: Juliette Binoche won for Best Supporting Actress.
  7. ^ A Streetcar Named Desire: Karl Malden won for Best Supporting Actor. Kim Hunter won for Best Supporting Actress.
  8. ^ Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Sandy Dennis won for Best Supporting Actress.
  9. ^ Reds: Maureen Stapleton won for Best Supporting Actress.
  10. ^ Bonnie and Clyde: Estelle Parsons won for Best Supporting Actress. Gene Hackman and Michael J. Pollard were both nominated for Best Supporting Actor.


  1. ^ "Films with Awards for Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Actress and Writing". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.