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War Horse is producer Kathleen Kennedy's seventh Best Picture nomination. To date she's missed out with E.T., The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, Munich and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

The only sequel to have won Best Picture is The Godfather: Part II.


Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film to win Best Picture, although A Clockwork Orange also received a nomination.


The country with the most Best Foreign Film Oscars is Italy. Its ten winners include Fellini's Nights Of Cabiria, Amarcord and 8½, as well as Cinema Paradiso and, most recently, Life Is Beautiful.


A total of eight foreign-language movies have received Best Picture nominations: Grand Illusion, Z, The Emigrants, Cries And Whispers, Il Postino, Life Is Beautiful, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Letters From Iwo Jima.


If you want a strong pointer for Best Film, try the Directors Guild Awards. In the DGA's 63-year history, the winner in the category has gone on to win the Oscar 50 times. That's good news for The Artist, this year's DGA winner.

Only two actors have won an Oscar for playing the same character: Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather II respectively.


The Directors Guild is, unsurprisingly, even better at spotting a decent director. Only six directors have won at the DGA and not gone on to win the Oscar. The unlucky half dozen are Anthony Harvey (The Lion In Winter), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple), Ron Howard (Apollo 13), Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Rob Marshall (Chicago).


The most nominated character is Henry VIII. Three actors (Charles Laughton, Robert Shaw and Richard Burton) have earned nods for playing the king.


The first sequel to be nominated was The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) which followed up to the previous year's Going My Way.

The most nominated writers are Woody Allen, with 14 screenplay nods and two wins, and Billy Wilder, with 12 nods and three wins.


If he wins, Demián Bichir will be the first Mexican to collect an Academy Award for acting since Anthony Quinn in 1956's Lust For Life.

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1 Fact #18
Posted on Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:34 by sparkyjcs
Surely Return of the King is a SEQUEL to The Two Towers and Fellowship of the Ring. Didn't that win Best Picture also? Read More

2 #19
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012, 22:07 by oceandwellers
Are you not forgetting One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Read More

3 number 51
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012, 11:51 by Dropje
I count seven names, not six. Read More

4 meryl
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2012, 08:06 by nz_louise
meryl has 17 nominations to date not 14 Read More

5 No. 43 and 44
Posted on Friday February 24, 2012, 18:37 by hcasner
Raymond Massey was nominated for Abe Lincoln in Illinois; and Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for the same role twice, the same in different categories, but the same role. Read More

6 @ #31
Posted on Friday February 24, 2012, 18:02 by wordscrawl
wings wasn't produced by howard Hughes. that was Hells Angels (1930) i was super excited to read this list, but this is like the 4th wrong fact I've found so far. boo Read More

7 40?
Posted on Thursday February 23, 2012, 22:30 by Pixaroholic
John Williams has 47, not 40, nominations, right?? Read More

8 Spielberg
Posted on Thursday February 23, 2012, 19:19 by sonofliberty1
72 - Spielberg collected his first Oscar in 1987 when he won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and then again in 1994 for Schindler's List Read More

9 FACT 101
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 22:59 by sjessep
Most nominations before winning: Randy Newman won with his 16th nomination before winning for Monsters Inc. He's since won again with Toy Story 3, his 20th nomination. Read More

10 Christopher Plummer
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 20:31 by Evil_Bob
I suppose you're right Christopher Plummer would be the oldest person to win an Oscar if he wins this year. Although I'm not exactly sure why you're ignoring Max von Sydow who's nominated this year in the same category and is about 8 months older than Plummer. Oh and Return of the King is a sequel. I'm not going with Scream 2's definition of a sequel nor should a respected film magazine. (although arguably Silence of the Lambs is also a sequel) Read More

11 And Godfather II is also technically part-prequel...
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 19:14 by Porter
...so LOTR: The Return of the King is the only outright sequel winner! God I hate pub quizzes! Read More

12 how can Godfather Part II be the only best picture winning sequel...
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 19:12 by Porter
...surely LOTR: The Return of the King is a sequel too? And don't give me any of that "it's the concluding part of the same story" horseshit. It's a damn sequel!!! Read More

13
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 17:15 by tonyjoedeeks
Judy Garland never won a competative Oscar- she received a special award for The Wizard of Oz.. An Academy gift, not a competative win.. Read More

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