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    Here is the list of films that have won Best Picture but lost Screenplay in Oscar history, as well as their total and what film they lost to in Screenplay. 31 out of 90 films have won Best Picture and not Screenplay.

    2017
    Best Picture: The Shape of Water – 4 wins
    Lost to: Get Out – Best Original Screenplay

    2011
    Best Picture: The Artist – 5 wins
    Lost to: Midnight in Paris – Best Original Screenplay

    2004
    Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby – 4 wins
    Lost to: Sideways – Best Adapted Screenplay

    2002
    Best Picture: Chicago – 6 wins
    Lost to: The Pianist – Best Adapted Screenplay

    2000
    Best Picture: Gladiator – 5 wins
    Lost to: Almost Famous – Best Original Screenplay

    1997
    Best Picture: Titanic – 11 wins
    Lost to: Good Will Hunting – Not nominated for screenplay

    1996
    Best Picture: The English Patient – 9 wins
    Lost to: Sling Blade – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1995
    Best Picture: Braveheart – 5 wins
    Lost to: The Usual Suspects – Best Original Screenplay

    1992
    Best Picture: Unforgiven – 4 wins
    Lost to: The Crying Game – Best Original Screenplay

    1986
    Best Picture: Platoon – 4 wins
    Lost to: Hannah and Her Sisters – Best Original Screenplay

    1978
    Best Picture: The Deer Hunter – 5 wins
    Lost to: Coming Home – Best Original Screenplay

    1976
    Best Picture: Rocky – 4 wins
    Lost to: Network – Best Original Screenplay

    1968
    Best Picture: Oliver! – 5 wins
    Lost to: The Lion in Winter – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1965
    Best Picture: The Sound of Music – 5 wins
    Lost to: Doctor Zhivago – Not nominated for screenplay

    1964
    Best Picture: My Fair Lady – 8 wins
    Lost to: Becket – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1962
    Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia – 7 wins
    Lost to: To Kill a Mockingbird – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1961
    Best Picture: West Side Story – 10 wins
    Lost to: Judgement at Nuremburg – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1959
    Best Picture: Ben-Hur – 11 wins
    Lost to: Room at the Top – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1949
    Best Picture: All the King’s Men – 3 wins
    Lost to: A Letter to Three Wives – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1948
    Best Picture: Hamlet – 4 wins
    Lost to: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – Not nominated for screenplay

    1947
    Best Picture: Gentleman’s Agreement – 3 wins
    Lost to: Miracle on 34th Street – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1941
    Best Picture: How Green Was My Valley – 5 wins
    Lost to: Here Comes Mr. Jordan – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1940
    Best Picture: Rebecca – 2 wins
    Lost to: The Philadelphia Story – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1938
    Best Picture: You Can’t Take it With You – 2 wins
    Lost to: Pygmalion – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1936
    Best Picture: The Great Ziegfeld – 3 wins
    Lost to: The Story of Louis Pasteur – Best Original Screenplay

    1935
    Best Picture: Mutiny on the Bounty – 1 win
    Lost to: The Informer – Best Adapted Screenplay

    1932/33
    Best Picture: Cavalcade – 3 wins
    Lost to: Little Women – Not nominated for screenplay

    1931/32
    Best Picture: Grand Hotel – 1 win
    Lost to: Bad Girl – Not nominated for screenplay

    1929/30
    Best Picture: All Quiet on the Western Front – 2 wins
    Lost to: The Big House – Best Screenplay

    1928/29
    Best Picture: The Broadway Melody – 1 win
    Lost to: The Patriot – Not nominated for screenplay

    1927/1928
    Best Picture: Wings – 2 wins
    Lost to: Underworld – Not nominated for screenplay

    7 wins without nominations
    14 adapted losses
    9 original losses

    What film could win Best Picture this year, but lose either Screenplay category?

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    O´Hara
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    Both frontrunners, A Star Is Born and Roma, can lose best screenplay while winning best picture this year.

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    Eddy Q
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    Interesting how two of the three films tied for the most wins still didn’t win Screenplay – and one of them wasn’t even nominated!

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    Seven
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    I expect Roma to rightfully win BP and also rightfully lose screenplay

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