With more than eighty previous awards shows, there is quite a history involved with the Academy Awards. The first Oscars was held back in 1929, just a few months before the stock market crashed and America was plunged into The Great Depression. The Best Picture winner that year was "Wings," which was the first and only silent film to win Best Picture, but there's a chance for a repeat, eighty-four years later, if "The Artist" can pull off a Best Picture win this year.
With the 84th Annual Academy Awards just a few days away, we thought it might be fun to take a look back at some the rich history and tradition involved with Hollywood's biggest night. We decided to look at the actors, actresses, directors and films that have taken home the largest number of small golden men.
You Shall Not Pass...Up Another Chance to Honor Peter Jackson! - The epic undertaking that was converting author J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece works "The Lord of the Rings" was treated with quite a bit of respect by the Academy. They waited until the last film in the trilogy was completed, and then they showered the filmmakers with Oscars, eleven in total including Best Picture and Best Director. The 2004 clean sweep was the biggest such sweep of awards in the history of the awards.
Of Mickey Mice and Men - Walt Disney, grandfather of all feature-length animation, actually holds the record for the most Oscars ever won. The man who created Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto collected twenty-six statues for his work. Four of them were honorary awards, but the bulk of them were in competitive categories. He must have wished upon that star something fierce!
Most Decorated Actress - When one speaks of the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, they're often referring to the times when Ms. Katherine Hepburn lit up the silver screen. Her name is bandied about as the greatest film actress of all time with good reason. Hepburn took home four trophies and was nominated twelve times. Her last win came in 1982 for her performance in "On Golden Pond."
Most Decorated Actor - Jack Nicholson and Walter Brennan share the honor of having won the most Oscars for male actor categories. Nicholson's first Oscar came in 1976 for one of his most iconic performances as R.P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Brennan was a veteran character actor, winning his Best Supporting Actor awards in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Director With The Most Hardware - The classic image one conjures up about movie directors is of someone in a big canvas folding chair, megaphone in hand, yelling directions and orders and setting everything in motion with a bellowing "Action!" call. John Ford is that director. Ford's time in Hollywood came at the peak of the old studio system. He took home four Oscars in his time, including "The Grapes of Wrath," and his final Best Director award for "The Quiet Man."
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