Which movies have won the most Oscars in history? Full list
Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog has the chance to make Academy Awards history on 27 March after being nominated in 12 categories.
The cast and crew of Jane Campion’s Oscar favourite The Power of the Dog have the opportunity to make Academy Awards history at the 94th Oscars ceremony on 27 March in Los Angeles. Over nearly a century of awards, from the first-ever Best Picture winner, Wings - William A. Wellman’s 1927 World War I romance that featured Gary Cooper’s first screen appearance – to last year’s Chloë Zhao-helmed study of modern American life, Nomadland, there have been several movies to be nominated for and to win more than one Oscar. The Power of the Dog has been nominated for 12 awards, which is not a record in itself but if Campion’s western psychological drama scoops every category it will become the fourth to win 11 Oscars, a mark jointly held by three movies to date.
The Power of the Dog to match Ben-Hur?
William Wyler’s 1959 epic rendition of Ben-Hur was nominated for 12 awards and picked up 11, missing out on Best Adapted Screenplay but sweeping the board with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, as well as a raft of technical gongs.
That record stood alone for nearly 40 years until James Cameron got his hands on the deck of the Titanic, put together an all-star supporting cast and placed his faith in two actors who were not considered huge stars at the time but went on to helm one of the most successful movies of all time - and the highest-grossing until Cameron surpassed his own Midas touch with Avatar. In total, Titanic landed 14 Academy Award nominations, matching the record set by All About Eve in 1950. Cameron himself won Best Picture (with Jon Landau) and Best Director with the rest of the movie's awards coming in technical and musical categories.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was nominated for 11 awards in 2003, a culmination of the work of Peter Jackson and a star-studded ensemble cast who had captivated audiences for three years with a sweeping imagining of JRR Tolkien’s masterpiece. Jackson won Best Director and Best Picture (with Barrie M Osborne and Fran Walsh), while adapted screenplay was a bit of a shoo-in. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King also made history with a clean sweep, becoming (and remaining) the only movie to win every category it was nominated in: Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Makeup, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.
Jane Campion and cast can make Oscars history
The Power of the Dog also has the chance to match another extremely rare Hollywood feat next Sunday. In the history of the Academy Awards it is not unusual for a movie to garner nominations in all four acting categories - it has happened 15 times - but only two films have produced three wins in the acting categories: A Streetcar Named Desire (with Marlon Brando missing out) and Network. However, neither also won Best Picture.
Campion’s movie is widely expected to land Best Picture and Best Director. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit McPhee are nominated in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories, respectively, and if they pull off three wins The Power of the Dog will become the first movie in history to achieve three acting wins as well as Best Picture and Best Director.
Other Oscars movie records:
Most nominations: 14 - All About Eve (1950), Titanic (1997), La La Land (2016)
Most nominations for a foreign-language film: 10 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Roma (2018)
Most nominations without winning an award: 11 - The Turning Point (1977), The Color Purple (1985)
Most nominations in technical categories: 10 - Titanic (1997)