With the 85th Oscars taking place next weekend, one interesting question is whether Daniel Day-Lewis will take home the Best Actor award for a third time with his role in Lincoln. If he did, he would make history as the first actor to ever do so. Although Katharine Hepburn won four Best Actress Oscars, no man has surpassed winning the Best Actor award twice. Alongside Day-Lewis, other actors who have won twice include Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks.
Here are some other Oscar facts from over the years –
- Walt Disney has won more Oscars than anyone else, with 26.
- The only sequel to have won Best Picture is The Godfather: Part II.
- 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 most nominated writers are Woody Allen, with 14 screenplay nods and two wins; and Billy Wilder, with 12 nods and three wins.
- Only three films have even won all top five Oscars – Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director and Writing. They are: It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs.
- The most Oscars ever won by a single film is 11. That’s happened three times, with Ben Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
- And lastly…. the youngest Oscar winner ever is Tatum O’Neal, who was only ten when she won Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973. Tatum O’Neal starred in this movie with her real-life dad Ryan O’Neal as a duo of Bible-selling con-artists. This is such a great film, and an obvious favourite of Wes Anderson’s. Do yourself a favour and watch it immediately if you haven’t already. I mean, now. Here’s a good scene from it…
The 85th Academy Awards take place on Sunday 24th February. In addition to Lincoln, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Silver Lining’s Playbook and Argo.