Best Picture Trivia

Note: In all listings of nominations, icon denotes a win.

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) , The Godfather: Part II (1974) , 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)

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)
  • Roma (2018)
  • Parasite (2019)

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)

Movies to win Best Picture and No Other Major Categories

  • 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)
  • Argo (2012)
  • Spotlight (2015)
  • Green Book (2018)

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)
  • Green Book (2018)

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)