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4 of the Most Awarded Films in History

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Ever since brothers Auguste and Luis Lumière hosted the first commercial screening of a motion picture in 1895, people have delighted in discussions about any given movie’s quality. This eventually gave rise to ceremonies like the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. But which films have garnered the most accolades? Here are just a few.
Still the undisputed champion of the Academy Awards — and the third highest-grossing film of all time without adjusting for inflation — “Titanic” holds numerous records that will be hard to beat. For the 70th Academy Awards, James Cameron’s period romance about the love story of two passengers on the ill-fated RMS Titanic scored an incredible 14 nominations out of 17 available categories. It went on to win 11, including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Picture.
“La La Land”
“La La Land” made a big splash at the 89th Academy Awards for multiple reasons. Most people remember the infamous gaff where presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced it as the Best Picture winner when “Moonlight” had actually been chosen. However, “La La Land” still managed to leave its mark on the Oscars. The film is one of only two movies to match “Titanic’s” nomination count, and Damien Chazelle became the youngest person to ever win the award for Best Director at the age of 32.
Its lasting legacy in the awards circuit may have come at the Golden Globes, though. With seven nominations and wins in every single category — including Best Musical/Comedy, Best Director, and both lead acting awards — “La La Land” became the first film in the history of the ceremony to take home seven trophies.
“The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”
Even more than 15 years after its runaway success, it’s hard to believe just how many statues the third and final chapter of Peter Jackson’s epic “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy claimed. That’s not due to the film’s quality or scope, both of which are up there with the best ever seen. It’s more the fact that the Academy has historically been hesitant to hand out major wins to high fantasy and science fiction endeavors.
Nevertheless, “Return of the King” dominated the 76th Academy Awards, sweeping all 11 categories for which it was nominated. Re-watching the film proves why it deserved to win Best Picture, which is saying a lot, considering it was going up against Sofia Coppola’s beloved “Lost in Translation.”
“Parasite” may not be able to claim a nomination count as high as “Titanic” or as many wins as “Return of the King,” but its high-profile victory at the 92nd Academy Awards was unprecedented. During the ceremony, the tightly scripted South Korean thriller became the first non-English film to earn the award for Best Picture, and director and co-writer Bong Joon-ho tied Walt Disney for the most Oscars won in a single night.
If that’s not enough, “Parasite” was also the first South Korean movie to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the first non-English project to win the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture from the Screen Actors Guild. While it didn’t claim 14 nominations at the Oscars or earn $2 billion at the box office, it did make history.
Whether these well-awarded films hold a special place in your heart or aren’t your cup of tea, it’s hard to deny their impact on the industry or the talent of the people who helped bring them to life.
This article is presented by VanDevere Auto Group.
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