Nida Faraz describes outstanding ventures that were well-rewarded
It is widely recognised that outstanding work is duly rewarded by the film industry and such output is feted by awarding Oscars since 1929. It is also well-known that while some actors, directors and movies have been nominated countless times, only a few hold top spots as winners of the famed golden statue. Their achievement is widely applauded making them become icons of the vast film world. Here are some most Oscar winning films and people.
Most Oscar Winning Films
James Cameron’s Titanic, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, proved triumphant at the 70th annual Academy Awards in 1998. The tale of romance and tragedy aboard the ill-fated ocean liner won 11 Oscars, tying with Ben-Hur, including Best Picture, as well as the awards for directing, sound, art direction, and cinematography.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The final installment of the cinematic series swept the 2004 Academy Awards, winning all 11 categories for which it had been nominated, tying with Titanic and Ben-Hur for most Oscar wins. The concluding film of the trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002), also became the first fantasy film to clinch the Best Picture statue.
Disney holds the top spot for most Oscars, winning 26 times, most often for Best Animated Short. Alongside his wins in competitive categories, Disney won three honorary Oscars, awarded for monumental contributions to the film industry. In 1939, Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar for his creation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—in the form of one large golden statue, accompanied by seven smaller ones, descending on stairs.
The Last Emperor (1987)
The biographical story of Pu Yi and his rise and fall as Emperor of China won nine Oscars in 1988. The epic tale nabbed Best Picture, as well as the award for cinematography, directing, and costume design.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The tale of an orphaned boy, played by Dev Patel, searching for his lost love, Freida Pinto in India won eight Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture. The film, set in Mumbai, took the top prize in all but one of the categories in which it was nominated.
Most Oscar Winning People
The acclaimed costume designer won eight Oscars for her work outfitting Hollywood icons, including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and John Wayne. The fashion powerhouse also holds top spot for the most Academy Awards won by a female—two of which she earned for her work with Audrey Hepburn, in Roman Holiday (1953) and Sabrina (1954).
The hard working actor, who gravitated towards Westerns, won three Best Supporting Actor awards during his career, for the films Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), and The Westerner (1940). The one-time soldier and real estate agent started working as a film extra and stuntman for $7.50 a day, before his breakout role in the 1930s musical King of Jazz. The Weekender