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Sakal Times
Saturday, 23 February 2019

Here’s a list of some epic movies that have created history at the Oscars with the number of accolades they won

Let’s talk about numbers now. Every once in a while, there are films that make impact with the number of awards they win at the Oscars. Here are some movies that have made Oscars history by winning the maximum number of awards.  

GIGI (1958)
Adapted from Colette’s novella Gigi, Vincente Minelli’s musical-romance is a landmark in the Western film fraternity, due to the sheer explosion of culture and emotions, that it envelopes in its storyline. Described by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” the film won nine Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, Original Song, Cinematography, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay.

BEN-HUR (1959)
William Wyler’s epic religious drama Ben-Hur broke all records when it was released in 1959. Never had someone seen this kind of scale, magnificence and grandeur portrayed in a film. Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, as well as awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charlton Heston), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hugh Griffith), Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Special Effects, Film Editing, Sound Recording and Music. 

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ rustic rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s hit Broadway musical West Side Story is sure to come on this list. A racy yet riveting story of two gangs in New York City’s West Side neighbourhood, the film captures the emotions of loyalty, love, hatred and disgust with utmost honesty. The film won 10 Oscars at the 34th Academy Awards, which included awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Director, Music, Film Editing, Costume Design, Cinematography and Art Direction. 

TITANIC (1997)
James Cameron’s magnum opus Titanic is probably one of the best-known and talked about movies till date. A romantic saga that also looks at social inequity, the film was augmented with powerful and inspired performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane. This film, in addition to Ben-Hur also won 11 Oscars in total, for Best Picture, Best Director, Original Dramatic Score, Art Direction, Make-Up, Costume Design, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Sound, Sound Effects Editing and Original Song for Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS - The Return of The King (2003)
The first and only fantasy film to have won the Oscar for Best Picture till date — the final installment of J R R Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson’s The Return of The King made Oscars history by winning in every category that it was nominated. The film won Best Director trophies for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Art Direction, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Original Score and Best Original Song.

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