Held annually, the Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, is the most recognized award across the United States and worldwide in the field of cinematic excellence. The Oscar awards are presented every year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Some of the most valued titles include awards for the best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography, best original score, best song, etc.
Winning an Oscar is an uphill task, as there are several nominations for the same award. It is apparent that one has to compete with the best talent in the world. Just a single Oscar award is a huge achievement for any individual or film maker. But there have been films that have dominated the Oscars by winning awards in multiple categories. For your knowledge, here’s a look at movies that have won the most Oscars.
The English Patient (1996)
A romantic war drama film, The English Patient was directed by Anthony Minghella. The film was based on a novel with the same name, written by Michael Ondaatje. At the 69th Academy Awards, The English Patient was nominated under twelve categories. It won 9 Oscars including best director, best picture, best supporting actress and best editing.
West Side Story (1961)
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, West Side Story is a musical romantic drama film. It is based on the 1957 Broadway musical that had the same title. The original inspiration for both comes from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The story revolves around two youngsters who fall in love. However, tensions arise, as they belong to rival New York City gangs. At the 34th Academy Awards, West Side Story received nominations under 11 categories. It won 10 Oscars including best picture, best director, best cinematography and best sound.
A religious epic film, Ben-Hur was directed by William Wyler. It was based on a 1925 silent film that had a similar title. The original inspiration for both movies comes from the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, written by Lewis Wallace. Ben-Hur was a mega budget movie and had the largest sets built in those times. At the 32nd Academy Awards, Ben-Hur received nominations under 12 categories. It won 11 Oscars including best picture, best director, best actor, best cinematography and best special effects. Ben-Hur is among the films that have won the highest number of Oscar awards.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
An epic fantasy adventure film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) was directed by Peter Jackson. The movie is based on the third book of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings. At the 76th Academy Awards, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) received nominations under 11 categories. It won 11 Oscars including best picture, best director, best writing and screenplay, best costume design, best sound mixing and best visual effects.
Directed by James Cameron, Titanic is an epic romance and disaster film. It is one of those movies that need no introduction. It is based on actual events related to the sinking of the RMS Titanic. At the 70th Academy Awards, Titanic received nominations under 14 categories. It won 11 Oscars including best picture, best director, best cinematography, best art direction and set decoration, best film editing and best song. With 11 Oscar wins, Titanic shares the title of ‘movies that have won the most Oscars’ with Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). However, as Titanic has received higher number of nominations, it can be considered as the movie that has won the highest number of Oscar awards.