February 2012

Oscars by the Numbers

An alternate accounting of the Academy Awards, spotlighting the occasionally wacky ways of Hollywood’s big night



Nominations for actors playing kings and queens of England

1. Charles Laughton as Henry VIII in The Private Life of Henry VIII
2. Laurence Olivier as Henry V in Henry V
3. Laurence Olivier as Richard III in Richard III
4. Peter O'Toole as Henry II in Becket
5. Peter O'Toole as Henry II in The Lion in Winter
6. Richard Burton as Henry VIII in Anne of the Thousand Days
7. Kenneth Branagh as Henry V in Henry V
8. Nigel Hawthorne as George III in The Madness of King George
9. Colin Firth as George VI in The King's Speech
10. Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Acquitaine in The Lion in Winter
11. Geneviève Bujold as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days
12. Judi Dench as Victoria in Mrs. Brown
13. Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth
14. Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II in The Queen
15. Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age
16. Robert Shaw as Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons
17. Helen Mirren as Charlotte in The Madness of King George
18. Judi Dench as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love
19. Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth in The King's Speech


Cost of It Happened One Night (Best Picture, 1935)

$237 million

Cost of Avatar (Best Picture nomination, 2010—it lost)


Best Picture nominees in which Bess Flowers appeared, the most of any actor (and she was an extra in all 23 films)

5 minutes

Length of shortest Oscar ceremony (1929)

5 minutes, 40 seconds

Length of the shortest Oscar-winning performance (Beatrice Straight, Network)

4 hours, 23 minutes

Length of longest Oscar ceremony (2002)


Best Picture winners set in New York

1. The Broadway Melody
2. The Great Ziegfeld
3. You Can't Take It With You
4. Going My Way
5. The Lost Weekend
6. Gentleman's Agreement
7. All About Eve
8. Marty
9. The Apartment
10. West Side Story
11. Midnight Cowboy
12. The French Connection
13. The Godfather
14. The Godfather, Part II
15. Annie Hall
16. Kramer vs. Kramer


Best Picture winners set in Los Angeles

1. Million Dollar Baby
2. Crash


Nominees whose characters saw dead people

1. Roland Young, Topper
2. Laurence Olivier, Hamlet
3. Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost
4. Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense
5. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady


Nominees for Oscar and Razzie in same role (Amy Irving, Yentl; James Coco, Only When I Laugh)


Most nominations for a movie with no wins (The Turning Point, The Color Purple)


Most wins by a film without winning Best Picture (Cabaret)


Number of actors directed by William Wyler in winning performances—more than any director

1. Walter Brennan, Come and Get It and The Westerner
2. Bette Davis, Jezebel
3. Fay Bainter, Jezebel
4. Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver
5. Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver
6. Frederic March, The Best Years of Our Lives
7. Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives
8. Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
9. Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday
10. Burl Ives, The Big Country
11. Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur
12. Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur
13. Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl


Years between Helen Hayes' two acting wins, for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932) and Airport (1971)


Age of Luise Rainer, the oldest living Oscar winner (Best Actress in The Great Ziegfeld, 1937, and The Good Earth, 1938)


Age of Jessica Tandy when she became the oldest Best Actress winner


Age of John Singleton when he became the youngest nominee for directing


Actors nominated for playing fictional American presidents (Lee Tracy in The Best Man, Jeff Bridges in The Contender and Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)


Films in which John Cazale appeared during his lifetime


Films featuring John Cazale that were nominated for Best Picture


Number of actors who won for playing an Oscar winner (Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator)


Number of actors nominated for playing both real and fictional Oscar winners (Robert Downey Jr., Chaplin and Tropic Thunder)


Directors who won for their first film

1. Delbert Mann, Marty, 1956
2. Jerome Robbins, West Side Story, 1962
3. Robert Redford, Ordinary People, 1980
4. James L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment, 1984
5. Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves, 1991
6. Sam Mendes, American Beauty, 2000


Actors nominated for playing multiple people

1. Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator
2. José Ferrer, Moulin Rouge
3. Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
4. Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou
5. Nicolas Cage, Adaptation


Best Picture nominees narrated by dead characters (Sunset Boulevard, American Beauty)


Number of nominations for sound designer Kevin O'Connell (he has never won)


Actors who won Tony and Oscar for the same role

1. José Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac (Tony: 1947; Oscar: 1951)
2. Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba (T: 1950; O: 1953)
3. Yul Brynner, The King and I (T: 1952; O: 1957)
4. Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady (T: 1957; O: 1965)
5. Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker (T: 1960; O: 1963)
6. Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons (T: 1962; O: 1967)
7. Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses (T: 1965; O: 1969)
8. Joel Grey, Cabaret (T: 1967; O: 1973)
9. Lila Kedrova, Zorba the Greek (O: 1965) and Zorba (T: 1984)


Actors who won for playing real people*

1. George Arliss as Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli
2. Charles Laughton as King Henry VIII in The Private Life of Henry VIII
3. Paul Muni as Louis Pasteur in The Story of Louis Pasteur
4. Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan in Boys Town
5. Gary Cooper as Alvin C. York in Sergeant York
6. James Cagney as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy
7. José Ferrer as Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano de Bergerac
8. Yul Brynner as King Mongkut of Siam in The King and I
9. Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons
10. George C. Scott as Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in Patton
11. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull
12. Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Gandhi in Gandhi
13. F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus
14. Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot
15. Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune
16. Geoffrey Rush as David Helfgott in Shine
17. Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist
18. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray
19. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote
20. Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland
21. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk
22. Colin Firth as King George VI in The King's Speech
23. Luise Rainer as Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld
24. Jennifer Jones as Bernadette Soubirous in The Song of Bernadette
25. Ingrid Bergman as Anna Koreff in Anastasia
26. Susan Hayward as Barbara Graham in I Want to Live!
27. Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker
28. Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine in The Lion in Winter
29. Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl
30. Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter
31. Susan Sarandon as Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking
32. Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry
33. Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich
34. Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours
35. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster
36. Reese Witherspoon as June Carter in Walk the Line
37. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen
38. Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose
39. Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side
40. Joseph Schildkraut as Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola
41. Walter Brennan as Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner
42. Anthony Quinn as Eufemio Zapata in Viva Zapata!
43. Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life
44. Peter Ustinov as Lentulus Batiatus in Spartacus
45. Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee in All The President's Men
46. Jason Robards as Dashiell Hammett in Julia
47. Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran in The Killing Fields
48. Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood
49. Jim Broadbent as John Bayley in Iris
50. Chris Cooper as John Laroche in Adaptation
51. Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter
52. Shelley Winters as Petronella Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank
53. Patty Duke as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker
54. Estelle Parsons as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde
55. Mary Steenburgen as Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard
56. Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman in Reds
57. Brenda Fricker as Bridget Brown in My Left Foot
58. Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love
59. Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner in Pollock
60. Jennifer Connelly as Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind
61. Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator
62. Melissa Leo as Alice Ward in The Fighter

*The breakdown: 22 for Lead Actor, 17 for Lead Actress, 12 for Supporting Actor and 11 for Supporting Actress


Ties for the Oscar

1. 1932, Best Actor
2. 1950, Documentary Short Subject
3. 1969, Lead Actress
4. 1987, Documentary Feature
5. 1995, Live-Action Short Film