Trivial Matters #9

Here are a few Oscar “onlys”:

  • The only person to direct two films that received nominations in every acting category is David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, and American Hustle in 2013).
  • The only film to score four female acting nominations: All About Eve, 1950 (none was successful).
  • The only nomination for a Marx Brothers film: Best Dance Direction for A Day at the Races, 1937 (the third and final year this award was presented).
  • Cabaret (1972) is the only film to win eight Oscars without winning Best Picture; less well-known, but still worth knowing, is the only film to win seven without winning Best Director: Shakespeare in Love (1998).
  • The Best Picture winner with the lowest win percentage is Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) at 12%–just 1 win out of 8 nominations. The only others below 30% are Rebecca (1940) at 18%–2 out of 11–and The Godfather (1972) at 27%–3 out of 11.
  • The only year featuring two films with nominations in every acting category was 1967: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Bonnie and Clyde (each won one).
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