Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Oscars: Only a few films have managed to do this. Best of the best?

Already on the night of March 10-11, we will learn the winners of the most important film event of the year – the Oscars. All eyes are on the most prestigious categories. In addition to the “best film”, four acting categories arouse great emotions: the best leading and supporting actors and actresses.

In the history of cinema, there have only been a few cases of films that received as many as five nominations in four acting categories. The last time this happened was in 1976. Some of them are considered the best films of all time. What titles are we talking about?

For the first time, the 1942 war drama received five acting nominations – “Mrs. Miniver”. The main character of the film is housewife Kay Miniver. This role was played by Greer Garson, who was nominated for an Oscar and won the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Teresa Wright was also awarded a prestigious statuette for playing the supporting character, Carol Beldon. The other nominees were: Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers and May Whitty.

During the 23rd Academy Awards ceremony, the classic was awarded five nominations – “All About Eve” (1950), considered the most frequently nominated film in the history of awarding these prestigious statuettes (it received 14 nominations, of which it won 6 awards). This is the story of Eve Harrington, a rising actress who wants to do everything to be in the spotlight at all costs. Of the five acting nominations, the film won only one award. George Sanders was recognized for his role as Addison DeWitt in the best supporting actor category. Nominated: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter.

War melodrama “From Here to Eternity” from 1953 won eight Oscars out of thirteen nominations. It won in the prestigious category – best film. The statuettes were awarded to: best supporting actor, Frank Sinatra, and best supporting actress – Donna Reed. Nominees included: Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.

The movie was a big hit at the 27th Academy Awards “On the Waterfront” directed by Elia Kazan. Out of twelve nominations, he received eight statuettes. Marlon Brando, who brilliantly portrayed the former boxer, won the award for best actor, and Eva Marie Saint received the award for best supporting actress for her role as Edie Doyle. Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger were also nominated.

“Peyton Place” from 1957 is a film that received double nominations for both supporting actor (Arthur Kennedy and Russ Tamblyn) and supporting actress (Hope Lange and Diane Varsi). An honorable mention also went to Lana Turner as best actress for the role of Constance, but the film ultimately did not win any acting awards.

Movie plot “Tom Jones” from 1963 follows the title character as he does everything in his power to win the love of his life, Sophie. However, differences related to their social classes prevent the lovers from being together. Despite winning the best picture award, “Tom Jones” only finished with nominations in the acting categories. He achieved the incredible feat of being nominated for three times in the Best Supporting Actress category (Diane Cilento, Edith Evans and Joyce Redman). The film was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Albert Finney) and Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith).

Titleists “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) were based on real characters. The heroes start robbing banks and raiding stores. They steal and kill, but they spare the poor and weak. The feeling that develops between the couple helps them survive, no matter how dangerous their journey is. The duo has been remembered forever in the history of cinematography and is considered iconic today. Although the title did not win in the most important film category, it received five acting nominations. Estelle Parsons went home with the statuette for Best Supporting Actress. Other nominees included: Warren Beatty, Faye DunawayGene Hackman and Michael J. Pollard.

“The Godfather II” (1974) is considered by many experts, critics and viewers as the best film of all time. He managed to repeat the success of the first part. As for the Oscars, the first part received 10 nominations and 3 wins, and the second part received 11 nominations and won in six categories. Rewarded Robert De Niro for the role of young Vito Corleone. He thus beat out Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg in the best supporting actor category. Al Pacino was also nominated as best actor in a leading role and Talia Shire as best supporting actress.

“Network” (1976) is one of director Sidney Lumet’s many masterpieces. It tells the story of presenter Howard Beale, who was forced to retire after 25 years due to old age. Upon learning of this, he declares that he will end his life during his farewell broadcast.

Although the film ultimately lost in the most important category to “Rocky”, it won in three of the four acting categories. Peter Finch won as Best Actor in a Leading Role, Faye Dunaway won for Best Actor and Beatrice Straight won as Best Supporting Actress. The film also earned a second nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Holden) and Best Supporting Actor (Ned Beatty).

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