‘Academy Awards’ or popularly known as ‘Oscars’ is an Annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements in the film Industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.
The journey of ‘Oscars’ started in 1929 and in present is televised live in over 200 countries. The award is presented in many categories and there are movies which has single handily won many Oscars. Moving forward with the article some movies are segregated which has won maximum Oscars over the period:
1. Titanic(1997)-The movie starts with an old aristocrat lady name Rose DeWitt Bukater narrating her story to granddaughter after 84 years. It is the story of a Ship named ‘titanic’ and she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. In that part she met Jack Dawson a poor artist and fell in love with him. The movie was nominated in 14 categories and won 11.
2. Ben-Hur(1959)- It is a story of rich Jewish merchant and prince Judah Ben-Hur who lived in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah’s house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. The movie was nominated in 12 categories and won 11 awards.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King- This one is the sequal of former two parts .While Frodo & Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading them, the former Fellowship aid Rohan & Gondor in a great battle in the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages his last war against Middle-earth. The movie in itself is a life relating to another. It binds the audience till the end. It won 11 awards in all 11 nominations.
4. West Side Story(1961)- This movie is an adaptation of classic romantic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Shakespeare. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff’s best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo’s younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway – whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what’s happened, tragedy strikes and doesn’t stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. This movie was nominated in 11 categories and won 11 awards.
5. The English Patient (1996) – Movie was nominated in 12 categories and won 9. It is a story of French-Canadian nurse named ‘Hana’ who worked in a mobile army medical unit during world war II. She tends to a semi-amnesiac patient who at first is seen as a German spy. But he is actually running from his past memories of love affair, ‘a promise he wasn’t able to fulfil’. Movie runs in flash back with glimpses of their memories.
6. Gigi (1958) – Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. Gaston, the scion of a wealthy Parisian family finds emotional refuge from the superficial lifestyle of upper class Parisian 1900s society with the former mistress of his uncle and her outgoing, tomboy granddaughter, Gigi. When Gaston becomes aware that Gigi has matured into a woman, her grandmother and aunt, who have educated Gigi to be a wealthy man’s mistress, urge the pair to act out their roles but love adds a surprise twist to this delightful turn-of-the 20th century Cinderella story. This movie won 9 awards.
7. The Last Emperor (1987) – It is about a dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People’s Republic. The movie won 9 awards.
8. Gone with the wind (1939) – “This classic film narrates the love between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler during the American civil war. It’s the history of a selfish woman who doesn’t want to admit her feelings about the man she loves, and finally loses him.” By Chris Makrozahopoulos. The movie was nominated in 13 categories and won 8 awards.
9. From Here to Eternity (1953) – In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second in command are falling in love. It achieved 8 awards.
10. On the Waterfront (1954) – The story is about a longshoreman and ex boxer named Terry Malloy who witnesses a murder committed by the corrupt union. When a beautiful young woman comes into the that just so happens to be the murdered man’s sister, Terry feels obligated to stand up to his bosses as a result of his recent relations with her. It won 8 awards in 12 nominations.