Trivial Matters #23

Time for some writing trivia!

  • Francis Ford Coppola and Alan Jay Lerner hold the record for writing (or co-writing) the most Best Picture winners, with three apiece:
    • Coppola wrote Patton (1970), The Godfather (1972), and The Godfather Part II (1974). All three won Best Screenplay.
    • Lerner wrote An American in Paris (1951), Gigi (1958), and My Fair Lady (1964). The former two won Best Screenplay.
  • Billy Wilder wrote the most Best Picture nominees: Ninotchka (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945)*, Sunset Boulevard (1950), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), and The Apartment (1960)*.
  • Only seven films have won Best Picture without a writing nomination: Wings (1927/28), The Broadway Melody (1928/29), Grand Hotel (1931/32), Cavalcade (1932/33), Hamlet (1948), The Sound of Music (1965), and Titanic (1997).
  • To date, eight individuals have won Oscars for directing, writing, and producing in the same year:
    • Leo McCarey, Going my Way (1944)
    • Billy Wilder, The Apartment (1960)
    • Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Part II (1974)
    • James L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment (1983)
    • Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    • Joel & Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men (2007)
    • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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