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The biggest ever Oscar winners

22nd February 2013

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The Oscars 2013

The most glamorous night in Hollywood is nearly upon us. Before we get to see who will have to put up a new shelf in their bathroom to show off their latest haul, we look at the biggest Oscar winners from years gone by.

Traditionally, there is often one film that dominates award season. Last year the headlines were all about The Artist, which scooped a commendable five awards on Oscar night. However impressive that is, the highest number of Oscar wins for a single movie is over double that.

Three movies in Oscar history have taken home a staggering 11 Academy Awards on the night.

Ben Hur did it in 1960, Titanic in 1998 and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2004.  Impressively The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won in every single category it was nominated in.

Quite an achievement.

However, three different films have won every award in the five major categories, which are best director, actress, actor, director and screenplay.

The films that scooped the ‘big five’ are: It Happened One Night in 1934, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.

For acting, it is Katharine Hepburn that is the best actress in history according to the Academy, holding the record for four Best Actress wins.

Her winning performances came in 1934 for Morning Glory, 1968 for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,  1969 for The Lion in Winter (shared with Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl) and in 1982 for On Golden Road.

For the men, Jack Nicholson has received three Oscars for his performances in three fantastic movies.  He took home Best Actor in 1976 for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and in 1988 for As Good As it Gets, and won Best Supporting Actor in 1984 for Terms of Endearment.

But you might be surprised to discover that the person who has won the most Oscars ever is Walt Disney. 

The Mickey Mouse creator has won a record-breaking 26 Oscars, which includes four honorary awards. His last Oscar was awarded posthumously in 1968, when he won Best Short Subject (Cartoon) for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.

So, next time you are caught enjoying a Disney classic you can just say that you are watching an Oscar winner in action. Perfect excuse.

The film up for the most awards this year is Lincoln, with 12. It doesn’t qualify for the ‘big five’ due to missing out on a best actress nomination, but it is expected to do well, even if it doesn’t break any records.

So, as Hollywood’s most beautiful take their seats at the Dolby Theatre to watch the 85th Academy Awards, who do you think will dominate?

If you're steely enough to stay up late, the Oscars will air live from 1.30am to 4am on Monday morning on Sky Movies Oscars. 

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