Oscars - Best Picture Milestones
|Year of Awards (No.) Production Company
||Best Picture Winner/Year and Director
Number of Awards/Nominations and Milestones
The King's Speech (2010)
d. Tom Hooper
speech therapist helps insecure monarch King George VI control his stuttering.
- the Best Picture winner was just shy one award from
winning the Big Five; it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original
Screenplay (David Seidler), and Best Actor (Colin Firth), and was only
lacking a Best Actress nomination/win.
- it was the seventh film in Academy history to win three Guild prizes:
Directors, Producers, and Screen Actors. In six of those seven cases,
the film went on to win Best Picture. The only exception was Apollo
13 (1995) which was also lacking a Best Director nomination
- the most-recent biopic to win Best Picture
- the MPAA had given The
King's Speech (2010) a restrictive 'R' rating for its abundant
profanity - basically, for its repeated use of the F-word, although
the British Ratings Board had given the film a much milder '12A'
rating, on appeal. As a result of the MPAA's firm decision to not
alter the original R rating, an alternate, sanitized or muted version
of the film (without the F-word profanity, replaced with the S-word)
was released by the Weinstein Company on 1,000 screens after the
Best Picture win, to expand its potential audience. The studio received
a waiver to immediately release the new version, and did not have
to wait 90 days from the time the R-rated version was pulled. The
short-lived PG-13 version grossed only $3.3 million, while the R-rated
version grossed $135.4 million.
- in the same year, Toy Story 3 (2010), the most-recent
Best Picture nominee with a G rating
- in the same year, Toy Story 3 (2010), the only
sequel to be nominated for Best Picture without any of its predecessors
The Artist (2011)
d. Michel Hazanavicius
handsome silent film star George Valentin struggles with the coming
of the talkies.
- it was the second 'silent'
Best Picture winner in Oscar history, the first was Wings (1927).
[The soundtrack for The Artist was non-diegetic.]
- it was the first black and white film to win Best Picture
List (1993) (although Spielberg's film contained a few spots
of color), and it was filmed in the older 4:3 aspect ratio; it remains
the most recent B/W film to win Best Picture
- it was the first silent (almost) to be nominated for
Best Picture since Ernst Lubitsch's The Patriot (1928/1929).
- with its Best Picture win, it went from the most Oscar-nominated
French film in history to being the first to win the top prize
- the Weinstein Company began another streak of Best Picture
nominees (with some wins), beginning in 2008: The Reader (2008),
Inglourious Basterds (2009), The King's Speech (2010), and The
d. Ben Affleck (un-nominated for Best Director)
agents in the Middle East in the 1970s team up with filmmakers to
create a fake movie production to help free embassy workers (during
the Iran hostage crisis).
- the most-recent film to win Best Picture without being nominated for
- the last film to win Best Picture without a
director nomination was Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy (1989),
and the previous victors before that were Wings (1927/28) and
Grand Hotel (1931/32).
- a possible sympathy vote and backlash in support of
un-nominated director Ben Affleck may have had some impact and possibly
accounted for the Best Picture win.
- the last film to win Best Picture without winning
the Oscar for Best Director was Crash (2005).
- Argo won numerous awards
pre-Oscars, including AFI Movie of the Year, BAFTA's Best Film honors,
Cesar Award's Best Foreign Film, Critics Choice Best Picture, the Golden
Globes Best Motion Picture - Drama, and Producers Guild of America
Best Picture, among others.
- to date, it ties
Gigi (1958) for the Best Picture winner with the shortest
title of 4 letters.
- the film's title referred to the name of the fake
movie being filmed, and in Greek mythology, it was also the name of
the ship sailed by Jason and his Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
- at the time of the awards, Argo was only the fourth highest-grossing
(domestic) film among the Best Picture nominees.
- in the same year, Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the
most-recent Best Picture nominee to receive nominations in all four
of the acting categories
- in the same year, Amour (2012), the most-recent foreign
language film to be nominated for Best Picture (French)
- in the same year, Life of Pi (2012), the most-recent
Best Picture nominee with a PG rating.