The movies that have won the most Oscars in history

“Ben Hur”, “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” top the list of the most awarded films in the history of the Oscar awards. Just like them, there are other productions that also won several awards for the nominations they received.

In the following paragraphs we will let you know which are the productions that were most recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so pay close attention.

It should be noted that several of them share the same number of statuettes in various locations, so you will be more than surprised. We start with the most awarded.


“Ben Hur” won 11 Oscars. It is a 1959 American film, belonging to the epic and dramatic genres, which was based on the novel of the same name written by Lewis Wallace in 1880. The awards it won are:

  1. Best film: Sam Zimbalist (posthumous award)
  2. Best Director: william wyller
  3. Best Actor: Charlton Heston
  4. Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith
  5. Best Production Design: Edward C. Carfagno and William A. Horning (posthumous)
  6. Best photography: Robert L. Surtees
  7. Best Costume Design: elizabeth haffenden
  8. Best visual effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Robert MacDonald, and Milo Lory
  9. Best mount: John D. Dunning and Ralph E. Winters
  10. Best Soundtrack: Miklós Rózsa
  11. Best sound: Franklin Milton, MGM Sound Department


“Titanic” took 11 Oscars. It is a 1997 American film of the drama and catastrophe genre. It is a romantic epic about the relationship of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater. The awards he received are:

  1. Best film: James Cameron and Jon Landau
  2. Best Director: James Cameron
  3. Best Art Direction – Set Decoration: Peter Lamont and Michael Ford
  4. Best photography: Russell Carpenter
  5. Best Costume Design: Deborah Lynn Scott
  6. Best visual effects: Robert Legato, Mark A. Lasoff, Thomas L. Fisher, and Michael Kanfer
  7. Best mount: Conrad Buff IV, James Cameron, and Richard A. Harris
  8. Best Soundtrack: James Horner
  9. Best original song: James Horner and Will Jennings
  10. Best sound: Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers and Mark Ulano
  11. Best Sound Editing: Tom Bellfort and Christopher Boyes


“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) won 11 Oscars. It is the third film in the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, which was based on the third part of JRR Tolkien’s work of the same name. It was awarded in the following categories:

  1. Best film: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Barrie M. Osborne
  2. Best Director: Peter Jackson
  3. Best Art Direction: Grant Major, Dan Hennah, and Alan Lee
  4. Best Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson
  5. Best makeup: Richard Taylor and Peter King
  6. Best Costume Design: Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
  7. best soundtrack: Howard Shore
  8. Best original song: Fran Walsh, Annie Lennox and Howard Shore for “Into the West”
  9. Best mount: Jamie Selkirk
  10. better sound
  11. better visual effects


“Gone with the Wind” (1939) won 10 Oscars. It is an American film of the epic, historical and romantic genres, which is the adaptation of the homonymous 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell. It was awarded in the following categories:

  1. Best film: Selznick International Pictures
  2. Best Director: Victor Fleming
  3. Best actress: vivien leigh
  4. Best Adapted Screenplay: Sydney Howard
  5. Best Supporting Actress: Hattie McDaniel
  6. Best Cinematography (Colour): Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan
  7. Best mount: Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom
  8. Best Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler
  9. Special award (honorary): William Cameron Menzies for his exceptional use of color to enhance the drama in the production of Gone with the Wind
  10. Technical achievements (honorary): Don Musgrave and Selznick International Pictures as pioneers in the use of coordinated teams in the production of the film.


“West Side Story” (1961) won 10 Oscars. It is an American musical drama film, which is none other than the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which inspired William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The awards he received are:

  1. Best film: Robert Wise
  2. Best Director: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
  3. Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris
  4. Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno
  5. Best Production Design (Colour): Boris Leven and Victor A. Gangelin
  6. Best Cinematography (Colour): Daniel L.Fapp
  7. Best Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
  8. Best mount: Thomas Stanford
  9. Best Soundtrack: Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
  10. Best Sound: Fred Hynes and Gordon E. Sawyer


“The English Patient” (1996) won 9 Oscars. It is a British film that was based on the homonymous novel by Michael Ondaatje, which was set during the interwar period. He left with several statuettes.

  1. Best film
  2. Best Director: Anthony Minghella
  3. Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche
  4. Best Original Score (Drama): gabriel yared
  5. Best photography: John Seale
  6. Best Art Direction: Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
  7. Best mount: Walter Murch
  8. Best sound: Walter Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker, and Christopher Newman
  9. Best Costume Design: Ann Roth


“Gigi” (1958) took home 9 Oscars. It is an American film that was based on Colette’s 1944 short novel of the same name. It won in the following categories:

  1. Best film: Arthur Freed
  2. Best Director: vincent minnelli
  3. Best Cinematography (Colour): joseph ruttenberg
  4. Best Screenplay Written: Alan Jay Lerner
  5. Best Costume Design (Color): Cecil Beaton
  6. Best Art Direction (Color): E. Preston Ames, F. Keogh Gleason, Henry Grace, and William A. Horning
  7. Best Orchestration of a Motion Picture Musical: Frederick Loewe
  8. Best original song: Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music)
  9. Best mount: Adrienne Fazan


“The Last Emperor” (1987) won 9 Oscars. It is a biographical genre film, which is a co-production of China, Italy, the United Kingdom and France, according to Wikipedia. He took statuettes in the following categories:

  1. Best film
  2. Best Director: bernardo bertolucci
  3. Best Art Direction: Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari and Osvaldo Desideri
  4. Best Adapted Screenplay: Bernardo Bertolucci and Mark Peploe
  5. Best music: Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su
  6. Best sound: Bill Rowe and Ivan Sharrock
  7. Best wardrobe: James Achesson
  8. Best photography: victorio storaro
  9. Best mount: Gabriella Cristiani

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