Best Picture Trivia

[w] indicates a win.

Longest Best Picture Winner
Shortest Best Picture Winner
Only Animated Films Nominated For Best Picture
Only Sequels To Win Best Picture
Only Trilogies with All Three Films Nominated for Best Picture
Only Movies To Win Best Picture and Best Original Song
Only Musicals To Win Best Picture
Only Westerns to Win Best Picture
Only Fantasy To Win Best Picture
Only Suspense-Thrillers To Win Best Picture
Only Silent Film To Win Best Picture
Foreign Language Films Nominated For Best Picture
Only Best Picture Winner That Doesn't Have a Person on Its Poster
The First Film To Be Released On Video Before Winning Best Picture
The Only Television Film To Be Adapted Into A Best Picture Winning Film
First Color Film To Win Best Picture
Last Black and White Film To Win Best Picture
Movies to win Best Picture and No Other Major Categories
Movies to Win Best Picture and No Other Competitive Categories
Only Movies to Win Best Picture and Not Be Nominated for Best Director
Only Movies to Win Best Picture and Not Be Nominated for Screenplay
Only Best Picture Winner to Receive Only One Nomination

Longest Best Picture Winner

Gone With The Wind (1939) runs 234 minutes, or 3 hours and 56 minutes.

Shortest Best Picture Winner

Marty (1955) runs 91 minutes.

Only Animated Films Nominated For Best Picture

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Up (2009)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)

Only Sequels To Win Best Picture

  • The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Only Trilogies with All Three Films Nominated for Best Picture

  • The Godfather (1972) [w], The Godfather: Part II (1974) [w], and The Godfather: Part III (1991)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) [w]

Only Movies To Win Best Picture and Best Original Song

  • Going My Way (1944)
  • Gigi (1958)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Only Musicals To Win Best Picture

  • Broadway Melody (1928/29)
  • The Great Zeigfeld (1936)
  • An American In Paris (1951)
  • Gigi (1958)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • The Sound Of Music (1965)
  • Oliver! (1968)
  • Chicago (2002)

Only Westerns to Win Best Picture

  • Cimarron (1931)
  • Dances With Wolves (1990)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)

Only Fantasy To Win Best Picture

  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Only Suspense-Thrillers To Win Best Picture

  • Rebecca (1940)
  • The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Only Silent Film To Win Best Picture

  • Wings (1927/28)
  • Honorable mention: The Artist (2011) - While not a TRUE silent film, this is about as close as you can get 80 years after the invention of talkies.

Foreign Language Films Nominated For Best Picture

  • Grand Illusion (1938)
  • Z (1969)
  • The Emigrants (1972)
  • Cries and Whispers (1973)
  • The Postman (Il Postino) (1995)
  • Life Is Beautiful (1998)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  • Amour (2012)

Only Best Picture Winner That Doesn't Have a Person on Its Poster

You Can't Take It With You (1938)

The First Film To Be Released On Video Before Winning Best Picture

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

The Only Television Film To Be Adapted Into A Best Picture Winning Film

Marty (1955)

First Color Film To Win Best Picture

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Last Black and White Film To Win Best Picture

  • The Artist (2011)
  • While The Artist was the first true black and white Best Picture winner in over 50 years (The Apartment [1960]), 95% of Schindler's List (1993) was in black and white.
  • Movies to win Best Picture and No Other Major Categories (i.e. directing or acting)

    • Wings (1928)
    • The Broadway Melody (1929)
    • Cimarron (1931)
    • Grand Hotel (1932)
    • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
    • Rebecca (1940)
    • An American in Paris (1951)
    • The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    • Chariots of Fire (1981)
    • Crash (2005)

    Movies to Win Best Picture and No Other Competitive Categories

    • The Broadway Melody (1928/29)
    • Grand Hotel (1931/32)
    • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

    Only Movies to Win Best Picture and Not Be Nominated for Best Director

    • Wings (1927/28)
    • Grand Hotel (1931/32)
    • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    • Argo (2012)

    Only Movies to Win Best Picture and Not Be Nominated for Screenplay

    • Wings (1927/28)
    • The Broadway Melody (1928/29)
    • Grand Hotel (1931/32)
    • Calvacade (1932/33)
    • Hamlet (1948)
    • The Sound Of Music (1965)
    • Titanic (1997)

    Only Best Picture Winner to Receive Only One Nomination

    Grand Hotel (1931/32)