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Non-Hollywood Best Pictures:

  • The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) - it was the first non-US (Hollywood) made film to both earn a Best Picture nomination, and win an Oscar of any sort (Best Actor for Charles Laughton, in this case).
  • Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948) - it was the first non-Hollywood (foreign-made) film to win Best Picture; it was financed and filmed in England

Pulitzer-Prize and Best Picture Winners:

Only two novels that were made into films have won both the Best Picture Oscar and the Pulitzer Prize:

Back-to-Back Appearances in Best Pictures:

Only a few actors have starred in the Oscar-winning Best Picture for two years in a row:

Appearances in Three Best Picture-Nominated Films in the Same Year:

Only four performers have starred in three Best Picture-nominated films in the same year:

Note: Colbert's, Laughton's and Mitchell's performances came at a time when there were 10 Best Picture nominees, while Reilly's was when there were only 5.

Best Picture Oscar Anomaly:

John Cazale appeared in only five films in his entire career - all of which were nominated for or won Best Picture:

Box Office: Lowest Grossing Best Picture

In recent times since the advent of modern box-office tabulations, Best Director-winning Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2009) was the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner of all time. Its domestic gross earnings were $12.6 million at the time of its nomination, and only $14.7 at the time of its award.

Color and Black and White Best Pictures:

  • the first sequel to be nominated for Best Picture was The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), the sequel to the previous year's Going My Way (1944); other sequels (or second and third installments) that were nominated for Best Picture include The Godfather, Part II (1974) - a winner and the first sequel to win Best Picture, and - a loser; also - a loser, but its 'sequel' was a Best Picture winner; although The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was a 'sequel' of sorts, it was made under a different studio, production company, director, and set of actors
  • the first film trilogy in Oscar history to have all three of its movies nominated for Best Picture was Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather pictures
  • the second film trilogy to have all three of its parts nominated for Best Picture was Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy:, (both lost), and (which won Best Picture); it was the only threequel to have its third installment win the top prize

Longest and Shortest:

  • 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, 41 minutes), and with the Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte, and Walkout Music, it reaches 234 minutes (3 hours, 54 minutes). The total film time (without music) of the "original" Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is just over 222 minutes (3 hours, 42 minutes), slightly longer, while its additional elements extended the film to about 232 minutes (3 hours, 52 minutes). If just counting the film itself, Lawrence of Arabia is the longest of the two contenders.
  • [Other longest Best Picture winners in order: Ben-Hur (1959) at 212 minutes, and The Godfather Part II (1974) at 200 minutes.]
  • The longest-running Best Picture nominee was Cleopatra (1963) at just over 4 hours. The longest movie to ever win an Academy Award was Russia's War and Peace (1968) at 414 minutes, winner of Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Marty (1955) was the shortest Best Picture winner at 91 minutes (1 hour, 31 minutes), followed by Annie Hall (1977) at 93 minutes. The shortest Best Picture nominee was Mae West's at 66 minutes.
  • Both Argo (2012) and Gigi (1958) are tied at having the shortest Best Picture-winning title of 4 letters. The longest title nominated for Best Picture belongs to Stanley Kubrick's last black and white film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) (with 13 words)

Best Picture Winning-est Director:

William Wyler holds the record for directing more Best Picture nominees (13) and more Best Picture winners (3) than anyone else. The nominated and winning (marked with *) films were:

Best Picture Winners Without a Nomination for Best Director:

The Winning-est and Most-Nominated Best Picture Studios: 1927/28 to 1950

From 1927/28 through the 1950 Academy Awards, the Best Picture nomination went to the production company or studio that produced the film.

Most Best Picture Nominations and Wins - By Studio
Studio Best Picture
Best Picture Nominations
MGM 38
20th Century Fox 16
Columbia 12
Paramount 13
Selznick Int'l Pictures
Warner Bros 21

The Winning-est and Most-Nominated Best Picture Producers: 1951-present

From the 1951 Academy Awards through to the present, the Best Picture nomination went to the individual producer(s) credited on the film. The producer(s) credited on the film who have received the most Best Picture nominations (and wins) for Best Picture from 1951 to the present include:

Two Best Picture nominees in 2010, The Social Network (2010) and True Grit (2010), were produced by Scott Rudin, marking only the second time since 1951 that an individual producer received two Best Picture nominations in the same year. (Note: It also occurred in 1974 with Francis Ford Coppola (and Fred Roos) who were honored by receiving two Best Picture nominations in the same year, for Coppola's The Conversation (1974) and for their shared winner: The Godfather (1972).)

Diversity in Producers of Best Picture Nominees:

The first female Best Picture nominee and winner of a Best Picture Oscar was producer Julia Phillips for The Sting (1973). Curiously, in the decade of the 1950s, none of the Best Actress Oscar winners appeared in a Best Picture winning film!

Precious (2009) was the first-ever Best Picture nominee to be directed by an African-American filmmaker, Lee Daniels.

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