Movies You Didn’t Know Won Oscars
(NEXSTAR) – Often you will be able to tell if a movie is an “Oscar” movie. Perhaps the idea of an Oscar-winning film conjures up images of serious historical drama – but that’s often do not the case.
While some categories, like acting and screenplay awards, tend to favor more “serious” movies, you might be surprised that some of your favorite popcorn movies are also Oscar winners. Looked!
Best Visual Effects
“Independence Day” (1996) – This 90s mega-hit starring Will Smith is forever ingrained in the minds of a certain generation as the pinnacle of a summer blockbuster. But the Roland Emmerich-directed film not only grossed over $800 million, it also won one of two Oscars for which it was nominated. The film lost in the Best Sound category to historical romance “The English Patient.”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006) – The second installment in Disney’s massive ‘Pirates’ franchise has won another Oscar for legendary visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), founded by ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas. According to PWMthe company has contributed to more than 450 films and won a total of 16 Oscars, in addition to many other coveted accolades.
FYI: The first two films in the “Alien” franchise received this award. A team of artists worked on each film to bring the series’ iconic xenomorph to life, including Sweden’s HR Giger. Giger designed the phallic-headed beast with two mouths that has been seen in every movie since.
Best Production Design
“Batman” (1989) — Tim Burton directed the first in Warner Bros.’ “Batman” film franchise, known for Burton’s signature dark style, Jack Nicholson’s explosive performance as The Joker, and Prince’s hit soundtrack for the film. “Batdance”, anyone? The film received an Oscar, the first of three wins for “Batman” films. In 2008, “The Dark Knight” won Best Sound Editing, in addition to a posthumous Best Supporting Actor award for Heath Ledger, whose portrayal of Joker is considered one of the best characters in the movie. film history.
“Sleepy Hollow” (1999) — This Tim Burton gothic hit, based on Washington Irving’s 1820 short story of the same name, won an Oscar for its spooky settings and macabre 1800s atmosphere. In total, Burton’s films have won eight Oscars, the most recently for 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland”.
FYI: This category was previously known as “Best Art Direction”. The highest-earning recipient is 11-time Oscar winner Cedric Gibbons, who has also been nominated 39 times — both records, according to the Academy. Gibbons worked on such famous films as “Gaslight” (1944), “An American in Paris” (1951) and “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).
Best Sound Editing
“RoboCop” (1987) – Director Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi classic won one of 3 possible Oscars, losing its other two, Best Film Editing and Best Sound, to that year’s Best Picture winner, “The Last emperor”.
“Speed” (1994) — Yes, the movie about Keanu Reeves and a bomb on a bus that can’t slow down is an Oscar winner. The film, which spawned a critically acclaimed sequel on a cruise ship which can’t slow down, also received the best sound award.
FYI: Wondering what the difference is between “sound editing” and “sound”? According to the Academy rubric, sound editing refers to the creation and recording of sounds for a movie, while sound is more about how those sounds are mixed together in the movie. The sound of a dog barking in a movie would be handled by a sound editor. The barking volume would be handled by a mixer and falls under the Best Sound category.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Mrs. Doutefeu” (1993) – This childhood favorite of 90s kids picked up his award for turning late-night comedy legend Robin Williams into an elderly British woman. The goofy family farce beat out more serious competition: the HIV/AIDS legal drama “Philadelphia” and the winning “Schindler’s List” for best Holocaust film.
“The Mad Professor” (1996) – Eddie Murphy wore elaborate makeup, prosthetics and greasy suits to play multiple characters in this remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis film of the same name. The film’s depiction of heavier people has been criticized as offensive, with rapper Lizzo saying last month that the film made her “sad” growing up.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) – Jim Carrey’s turn as a green Christmas icon won one of 3 possible Oscars. All in all, the Carrey Grinch took around eight hours to prepare (including the costumes) and the process was reportedly so taxing that it caused tension between Carrey and the crew.
“Suicide Squad” (2016) – The fact that this criticized – but commercially successful – DC Comics movie won an Oscar is not lost on the internet. The night the all-villain ensemble piece brought home its statue, “Suicide Squad has more Oscars than” trended online and several thought pieces emerged to debate/defend its victory. ‘Suicide Squad’ may only have a Rotten Tomatoes score of 26%, but it also has an Oscar and a box office of nearly $750 million, so who really wins here?
FYI: Last year’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ is nominated in that same category at this year’s Oscars. It’s confusing, but “The Suicide Squad” isn’t a “Suicide Squad” reboot or sequel, but it’s a bit of both. Different people who worked on the film have different opinions.
Movies You Didn’t Know Won Multiple Oscars
“Star Wars” (1977) – This little-known film – which spawned nine sequels and/or prequels, in addition to three standalone films – won six golden statuettes: Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Special Achievement for Robotics/Creature Effects for Ben Burtt.
“The Matrix” (1999) – The sounds of Keanu Reeves dodging bullets in slow motion were too irresistible for Academy voters: The sci-fi mega-hit won both Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing. The film won two more, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) — The first installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise won five wins: Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991) – James Cameron’s sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1984 blockbuster ‘The Terminator’ received four awards: Best Makeup, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. The Oscars for “T2” also named the film as the only sequel to win an Oscar despite its predecessor not receiving any nominations.
FYI: Three films hold the record for the most Oscar wins: “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). The latter also holds the record for all the awards for which he has been nominated.
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