The Oscars’ Triple Crown

1 Jun

So, though the title of this post would lead you to believe, the “triple crown” of the Oscars isn’t a reference to the number of feats, but the exclusivity of this accomplishment. Like the triple crown, with only 11 winners, the “Big Five” of the Academy Awards has only been achieved by 3 films.  Consisting of what’s considered the most prestigious of the awards (best picture, best director, best screenplay, adapted or original, best actor and best actress) the only movies to have swept the Big 5 are It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Having discovered this, my next Oscar winner is going to be It Happened One Night, which, besides being a Big 5 winner, is also my first Oscar winner to not have a rating. Starring Clark Gable (better known as Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind) and Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night was one of the last films to be released before the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)’s 1930 Production Code, which went into effect in 1934, but that’s a subject for another post!

This will also be my first foray into the wonderful world of black and white movies, which can be both good and bad; good, because I think it really lets the story and acting shine through where it might not with color and special effects, and bad, because, well, B&W’s can get boring! It took me 2 tries to finish up Casablanca, but it was worth it at the end!

As for in theater movies, I have a few coming up I’m psyched to see. Of course, Sex and the City 2 is on my list, no matter how panned it was by reviewers, and The A-Team, with the always hot Bradley Cooper! What movies are on your summer radar?

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3 Responses to “The Oscars’ Triple Crown”

  1. Ingrid June 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Silence of the Lambs. Undouptedly one of my favorite movies.

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