’12 Years a Slave’ in good Oscar company with just 3 wins: ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Casablanca,’ …

12 Years a Slave” may only have won three of its nine Oscar bids, but one of them was the big one — Best Picture. It also claimed an acting prize for featured player Lupita Nyongo and the adapted screenplay award. 

So, where does this haul put it among the 86 Best Picture winners in Oscar history?

Only 20 other champs have claimed three or fewer Oscars in all. But of these, there are some genuine classics, including “Casablanca” and “The Godfather.” Below, a list of all these films. 

2012: “Argo” – Adapted Screenplay, Editing

2004: “Crash” – Original Screenplay, Editing

1976: “Rocky” – Director, Editing

1972: “The Godfather” – Actor (Marlon Brando), Adapted Screenplay

1969: “Midnight Cowboy” – Director, Adapted Screenplay

1949: “All the King’s Men” – Actor (Broderick Crawford), Supporting Actress (Mercedes McCambridge)

1947: “Gentleman’s Agreement” – Director, Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm)

1943: “Casablanca” – Director, Original Screenplay 

1937: “The Life of Emile Zola” – Supporting Actor (Joseph Schildkraut), Adapted Screenplay)

1936: The Great Ziegfeld – Actress (Luise Rainer), Dance Direction

1933: “Cavalcade” – Director, Art Direction

1930/31: “Cimarron” – Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction

1952: “The Greatest Show on Earth” – Story

1940: “Rebecca” – Cinematography (B&W)

1938: “You Can’t Take It With You” – Director

1929/30: “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Director

1927/28: “Wings” – Engineering Effects

1935: “Mutiny on the Bounty”

1931/32: “Grand Hotel”

1928/29: “The Broadway Melody” 

2 thoughts on “’12 Years a Slave’ in good Oscar company with just 3 wins: ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Casablanca,’ …

  1. I suppose that “American Hustle” is in good company too. A best picture nominee that didn’t make it along with, if my figures are correct, 73/100 AFI greatest films didn’t receive best picture OSCARS either.

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