We watch it every year (or not), the Oscar celebration bringing several celebrities together seeking free entertainment and that good old public exposure, or perhaps for some, seeking to win an Oscar themselves, but we know that not everyone gets to hold the gold statuette. Some films manage to get one or two, but there are a few other films that manage to catch several statuettes in multiple categories, and afterward, become a reference for what is a good film production.
The 2014 edition of the ceremony highlighted how the movie “Gravity” which earned seven statuettes, including the classic prize of best director, and many technical ones such as best soundtrack, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, and editing. That is a good track record, but just not enough to be in the top 10 most awarded movies in history.
Although these films received way more indications that the number of statuettes earned, these productions have excelled in various areas that do not measure up to other competing films, and for that reason, they are deserving leaders in their categories, let’s check them out:
The Lord of the Rings (2003)
The trilogy of The Lord of the Rings was nominated for at least thirty categories for the Oscars, but only won seventeen awards, and of this total, only eleven awards were in 2003 with the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Categories matured in 2003 were: direction, best film, adapted screenplay, visual effects, art direction, sound effects, mount, costume, sound, soundtrack, and original song.
Before the saga of JRR Tolkien to be released on the big screen, who was ahead with greater amount of awards was the movie Titanic in 1997 on the sinking ship of the same name, which was nominated for fourteen categories winning only eleven, which are: best director, best film, photography, original song, art direction, sound, costumes, special effects, montage, soundtrack and sound effects.
Ben-Hur 1959 film also won eleven Oscar awards in the total of twelve nominations. The film is tied with Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with eleven awards, and the categories were: Best Film, Director, Actor (Charlton Heston), supporting actor, art direction Color, sound, soundtrack, photography, special effects, costumes Color and assembly.
West Side Story (1961)
The film West Side Story won ten Oscars in 1961, ensuring the categories of Best Director, film, supporting actor, supporting actress, editing, sound, soundtrack, color photography, color wardrobe and art direction.
The film Gigi 1958 has won at least nine categories are art direction, best film, director, assembly, wardrobe color, soundtrack, adapted screenplay, color photography and original song.
The Last Emperor (1987)
The Last Emperor took several awards in 1987 for best picture, director, photography, sound, adapted screenplay, art direction, soundtrack, costume fittings.
The English Patient (1996)
The English Patient won nine statuettes in 1996, which are: best film, supporting actress, director, photography, costume design, art direction, editing, sound, and soundtrack.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
In 1953 the Academy gave the Oscar eight awards to the film From Here to Eternity in categories: black and white photography, best picture, supporting actress, director, supporting actor (Frank Sinatra), editing, sound and adapted screenplay.
The Wild One (1954)
The Wild One 1954 also received eight Oscars in the categories: best film, director, actor (Marlon Brando), actress, art direction & W, mount, original screenplay and photography in black and white.
My Fair Lady (1964)
The movie My Fair Lady won in 1964 in the categories: best film, director, art direction, color photography, actor, soundtrack, sound, and costume color.
One Movie to Rule Them All
Due to the widespread recognition these movies receive after their award, they end up being in the public eye, just a bit more than other less known films. If you search for this films, you’ll find many curiosities. among these curiosities, Ben Hur presents a somewhat interesting: In the original script Ben Hur should have a homosexual relationship with Messala, and the director knowing that Charlton Heston would not accept that, did not tell him about it. The result of this secret can be perceived in the scenes where the two appear together.