How well do you know the Best Picture Oscar?

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Which film was the first silent film to win the Best Picture award?

Which film was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Best Picture award in the 89th Academy Awards?

Which film was directed by a woman of color and won the Best Picture award in 2021?

Which film won Best Picture without receiving a Best Director nomination?

Which production company has the most wins in the Best Picture category?

Which film was the first non-English language film to win Best Picture?

Which film was the first sequel to be nominated for Best Picture?

Which rating category has most Best Picture winners fallen under since 1968?

Which film was presented as a musical adaptation based on material previously filmed in non-musical form and won Best Picture?


Academy Award for Best Picture: Key Facts and Figures

  • The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since the awards debuted in 1929.

  • This award goes to the producers of the film and is the only category in which every member of the Academy is eligible to submit a nomination and vote on the final ballot.

  • The Best Picture category is traditionally the final award of the night and is widely considered as the most prestigious honor of the ceremony.

  • The Grand Staircase columns at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where the Academy Awards ceremonies have been held since 2002, showcase every film that has won the Best Picture title since the award's inception.

  • Until 1950, this award was presented to a representative of the production company. That year the protocol was changed so that the award was presented to all credited producers.

  • As of 2020, the "Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award" limit recipients to those who meet two main requirements.

  • Steven Spielberg currently holds the record for most nominations at twelve, winning one, while Kathleen Kennedy holds the record for most nominations without a win at eight. Sam Spiegel and Saul Zaentz tie for the most wins with three each.

  • Only six films have been awarded Best Picture without receiving a Best Director nomination: Wings, Grand Hotel, Driving Miss Daisy, Argo, Green Book, and CODA.

  • On June 24, 2009, AMPAS announced that the number of films to be nominated in the Best Picture award category would increase from five to ten, starting with the 82nd Academy Awards (2009).

  • Only fourteen non-English language films have been nominated in the category, and Parasite became the first film not in English to win Best Picture.

  • Since 1968, most Best Picture winners have been rated R under the Motion Picture Association's rating system.

  • Several musical adaptations based on material previously filmed in non-musical form have won Best Picture, including Gigi, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Oliver!, and Chicago.

  • Nine films that were presented as direct sequels have been nominated for Best Picture: The Bells of St. Mary's, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Toy Story 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Avatar: The Way of Water, and Top Gun: Maverick.Academy Awards Best Picture Winners and Nominees

  • The Academy Awards Best Picture category has been in existence since the first ceremony in 1929.

  • The first Best Picture winner was Wings, which was also the only silent film to win the award.

  • The 2021 winner, Nomadland, was the first film directed by a woman of color (ChloĆ© Zhao) to win Best Picture.

  • No Best Picture winner has been lost, but some like All Quiet on the Western Front and Lawrence of Arabia exist only in an altered form from their original release.

  • The 1928 film The Patriot is the only Best Picture nominee that is completely lost.

  • In the 89th Academy Awards, Faye Dunaway mistakenly read La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award instead of Moonlight.

  • Starting with the 96th Academy Awards for films released in 2023, a film must satisfy two out of four general standards to be considered for Best Picture, promoting more inclusive representation and employment.

  • Until 1950, the Best Picture award was given to the production company, and from 1951 on, it has gone to the producer or producers.

  • The eligibility period for the Best Picture award spanned two calendar years for the first six ceremonies, and since then, it has been the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

  • The number of nominees varied from three to twelve before being reduced to five in 1945 and raised to ten in 2009, and it has been a full ten since 2021.

  • Columbia Pictures has the most wins with 12, while 20th Century Studios has the most nominations with 63. Focus Features has the most nominations without a win with 11.

  • The list of nominees and winners is presented in chronological order, indicating the year the film premiered in Los Angeles County, California, and the number of the ceremony.


Test your knowledge of the Academy Award for Best Picture with our quiz! From key facts and figures to winners and nominees, this quiz will challenge your understanding of the most prestigious award in the film industry. With questions ranging from the first-ever winner to the most recent ceremony, you'll have the chance to show off your expertise on the Oscars' most coveted prize. Whether you're a film buff or just love the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, this quiz is sure to entertain and educate. So grab

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