Trivial Matters #1

This section will be irregularly updated, whenever I feel like posting a bit of favorite Academy Awards trivia. To kick it off:

Only two films have ever won Best Picture and two acting Oscars without taking home Best Director. They are:

  • All the King’s Men (1949); Best Actor, Broderick Crawford; Best Supporting Actress, Mercedes McCambridge
    • Directed by Robert Rossen, lost to Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998); Best Actress, Gwyneth Paltrow; Best Supporting Actress, Judi Dench
    • Directed by John Madden, lost to Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan

How these films managed to be the best of the year AND have two Oscar-worthy performances without the benefit of the year’s best direction is puzzling…


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