2021 Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious award in the film industry. Since its beginning in 1929, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been nominating and voting for candidates. This month we are highlighting movies that have won Best Picture throughout the years. Many of these and other award-winning movies are available for check out through the library

Most Awarded Films

Ben-Hur          Titanic          The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King

Ben-Hur / directed by William Wyler
In 1960, making Academy Award history, Ben-Hur swept the Oscars by winning 11 out of the 12 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. It is the story of a Jewish aristocrat who is punished for not helping the Romans, loses his fortune and his family, but later regains his status. The highlight of the film’s 212 minutes is its now-legendary chariot race.

Since then, there have been 2 other films that tie Ben-Hur for the most awarded film with 11 awards each. They are: Titanic, which won Best Picture in 1997, and The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King which won in 2003.

Titanic/ written and directed by James CameronTitanic is a timeless love story born of tragedy that created an international phenomenon. It is the story of two people from different worlds meet and fall in love on the brief, tragic maiden voyage of the grand ocean liner Titanic. In 1997 it won 11 awards including: Best picture, Best director, Best original song, song, and Best cinematography.

Lord of the rings: The Return of the King / producers, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson – In this final installment of the trilogy, Frodo and Sam are approaching Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and a massive battle is about to ensure that will determine the fate of Middle Earth. Among the awards it won were: Best picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costume Design

Other highly awarded movies are:

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West Side Story

The English Patient


The Last Emperor

2021 Award Season

This year many movies that are up for awards are only available on streaming platforms like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu and are not yet available to buy on DVD. The films that we have been able to purchase can be found on our New Movies shelf or are available by request.

Promising Young Woman        News of the World       Mulan       Tenet
Promising Young Woman – nominated for 5 awards including Best Picture and Best Actress

News of the World – nominated for 4 awards including Best Cinematography and Best Production Design

Mulan – nominated for Best Costume Design and Bet Visual Effects

Tenet – nominated for Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design

Love and Monsters – nominated for Best Visual Effects

Emma.      The Mole Agent       Collective       Another Round       Better Days
Emma – nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling

The Mole Agent – nominated for Best Documentary

Collective – nominated for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film

Another Round – nominated for Best International Feature Film

Better Days – nominated for Best International Feature Film