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)