Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s epic western “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Drama Picture, Director and Drama Actor at the Golden Globes. And it claimed Best Picture, Director and Actor at the BAFTAs. We are predicting that it will be the first film to have claimed those three prizes at these precursors to go on to win Best Picture, Director and Actor at the Oscars.
Only two other films have even come close to pulling off this three-peat since the BAFTAs began handing out a Best Director award in 1968.
Milos Forman’s dramedy “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson made a clean sweep at the 1975 Golden Globes and, due to a delayed release in the United Kingdom, at the 1976 BAFTAs.
And Richard Attenborough’s 1982 biopic “Gandhi” starring Ben Kingsley won these awards at both the BAFTAs and Oscars. However, while it claimed Director and Actor at the Golden Globes, it was precluded from competing for Best Drama Picture as it was a foreign production. From 1965 to 1972, the Globes had a separate category for Best English-Language Foreign Film. That was merged with Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film in 1973 to form Best Foreign Film and this was the award that “Gandhi” won. Four years later, the Globes reinstated the foreign-language film award and English-made movies could once again compete in the main categories.
Below are the other films that won Best Picture, Director and Actor at the Oscars plus what won instead at the Globes and/or BAFTAs.
2010: “The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper, Colin Firth
(David Fincher won Best Director at Globes and BAFTAs for “The Social Network”)
1999: “American Beauty,” Sam Mendes, Kevin Spacey
(Denzel Washington won Best Drama Actor at Globes for “The Hurricane”;
Pedro Almodovar won Best Director at BAFTAs for “All About My Mother”)
1994: “Forrest Gump,” Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks
(Mike Newell’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” starring Hugh Grant swept BAFTAs)
1991: “The Silence of the Lambs,” Jonathan Demme, Anthony Hopkins
(“Bugsy” won Best Drama Picture, Oliver Stone won Best Director for “JFK” and Nick Nolte won Best Drama Actor at Globes for “The Prince of Tides”;
“The Commitments” won Best Picture at BAFTAs)
1979: “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Robert Benton, Dustin Hoffman
(Francis Ford Coppola won Best Director at Globes for “Apocalypse Now”)
1970: “Patton,” Franklin J. Shaffner, George C. Scott
(Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story” won Best Drama Picture and Director at Globes;
George Roy Hill’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” starring Robert Redford swept BAFTAs)
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“The Revenant”: Fox