Friday, January 27, 2012

Oscars' Biggest Winners, Losers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Before the makers of Hugo get too excited about garnering 11 Academy Award nominations, they should probably consider the fate of The Turning Point (1977) or The Color Purple (1985). Both of those films also pulled in 11 Oscar noms but didn't take home one trophy. Or worse yet, consider the fate of Kevin O'Connell. One of the most successful sound engineers in Hollywood, O'Connell was nominated no fewer than 20 times between 1983 and 2007. He never won.

Here are some other firsts, worsts and miscellaneous Oscar records:

Most nominations for a person: Walt Disney (59 nominations).
Most nominations for a single film: All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) both received 14 nominations.
Most total nominations for acting: Meryl Streep has 17, including this year for The Iron Lady.
Most acting nominations without a win: Peter O'Toole with eight nominations.
Shortest performance to win an Oscar: Beatrice Straight in Network (1976) - 5 minutes, 40 seconds.
Most nominations for a writer: Woody Allen has 14 nominations, including this year for Midnight in Paris.

Only three films in the history of the Oscars have received the so-called Big Five Academy Awards (best picture, director, actor, actress and writing). They are It Happend One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

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