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Academy Award
Academy Award trophy.jpg
An Academy Award statue
Awarded for Excellence in movies
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Country United States
First awarded May 16, 1929

The Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars, are the best-known movie awards in the United States. The awards have been given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1929. The awards ceremony takes place each year in late February or early March in Hollywood, California.

Oscar statue

Honorary Academy Award
Honorary Academy Award for Charlie Chaplin

In the first years of the award, the trophy was called Academy Award of Merit. The origin of the name Oscar is not clear, it is certain, that the name was used in 1931.

It is said that Oscar is not the official name of the statue. But the nickname is trademark-protected. The statue is 13 ½ inches tall and weighs 8½ pounds.


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Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, stars of the film Rebecca which won Best Picture 1940
William Holden and Donna Reed hold their gold-plated Oscars, 1954
William Holden and Donna Reed hold their gold-plated Oscars 1954
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Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper holding their Oscars at the Academy Awards after party 1942

Current Awards

Retired Awards


Gone with the Wind from the year 1939 was the most successful film for a long time with ten Oscars. In 1960 the movie Ben-Hur won eleven Oscars. In 1998 Titanic also won eleven Oscars. Six years later, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won eleven Oscars.

The five categories best picture, best director, best actor, best actress and best Original Screenplay are the most important categories and they are called the Big Five. There are only three films that won all these categories: It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Silence of the Lambs.

All About Eve and Titanic had 14 nominations. This is the nomination record.

The most successful filmworkers

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Walt Disney won 26 Academy Awards

Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003) has the most awards as a performer. She received 4 Oscars in the category best actress.

Meryl Streep has the most nominations as performers with 17 Oscar nomination. Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis and Walter Brennan (1894–1974) have three Academy Awards amongst men.

Jack Nicholson also has a nomination record (12 nominations).

The person, who has the most Academy Awards is Walt Disney (1901–1966) with 26, including 4 Honorary Oscars and he has 37 nominations. He also won 4 awards in 1954, he received the most awards in one year.

The woman, who has the most Oscars is the costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981), she has 8 Oscars and 27 nominations. The people who have the most Oscars and are still living are the composer Alan Menken (8 Oscars) and Dennis Muren with 8 Oscars and the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry who have the most awards.

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