The Glory of Oscars

Every year the entertainment industry and scores of fans eagerly await the Academy Awards also widely known as the Oscars. It is the dream of every actor to hold the coveted Oscar. With the 88th Academy Awards fast approaching, let us take a trip down the memory lane and recall some of the glorious movies which won the maximum number of Oscars.

It Happened One Night, a romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra, received 5 nominations in 1934 and won in all 5 categories. In Oscar terms, the movie is said to have swept all the Big Five Awards. The honour was shared by Milos Forman’s comedy One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975 and Jonathan Demme’s detective thriller Silence of the Lambs in 1991. The movies won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay categories.

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Charlton Heston with his Oscar. Pic Courtesy:

The 1959 movie, Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith and Haya Harareet, went on to win 11 Academy awards. A feat which was considered as an historical record. The movie was adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The record set by Ben Hur was equaled by James Cameroon’s romantic tragedy Titanic in 1997 and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kings in 2003.

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James Cameroon with the Oscar. pic courtesy:

Cameroon’s movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet in the lead roles, garnered worldwide attention for its breath-taking portrayal of love between the protagonists. The movie won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing.

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A still from the movie Lord of the Ring. Pic Courtesy:

Jackson’s fantasy film, the third and the final installment of The Lord of the Rings series received worldwide appreciation and quickly grossed over 1.2 million dollars. It is considered as one of the best films of all time and till date it is the 13th highest grossing movie in history. The movie won 11 Oscars in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.

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The Cast and Crew of Slumdog Millionaire at the Awards. Pic courtesy:

Danny Boyle’s highly acclaimed 2008 drama Slumdog Millionaire received 10 nominations at the Academy Awards. The movie portrays the life of Jamal Mallik, a Mumbai slum dweller, whose experiences helps him answer questions in the Indian version of the show Who wants to be a Millionaire? The movie won 8 Oscars and made our very own A. R. Rahman who won the award for Best Background Music Score and Resul Pookutty for Best Sound Mixing international stars overnight.

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, a psychological thriller-horror film starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder was nominated for five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing) and won one for Natalie Portman’s performance.

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Steve Mcqueen after receiving the best picture award for 12 yeasrs a Slave. Pic courtesy:

Steve Mcqueen’s 2013 period drama 12 Years a Slave, which is based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 novel of the same name, was critically acclaimed. The movie traces the life of a New York born African American, who is kidnapped in Washington D. C. and sold into slavery. The movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o received three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

 Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée which portrays the life of an AIDS patient who smuggles unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas for treating his symptoms, and distributed them to fellow people with AIDS by establishing the “Dallas Buyers Club”. The movie received universal critical acclaim, resulting in numerous accolades. The performances of Mathew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who received the Academy Award for Best Actor and for Best Supporting Actor, respectively, was widely appreciated.

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The Official poster of The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Pic courtesy: Wikipedia

-Shrilekha Mohan


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