Movies That Won the Most Oscars Every Year Since 1976

Hristina Byrnes wrote the article.


When a film is nominated in every major category, it is considered a frontrunner for multiple Academy Awards. These bold predictions are sometimes proven correct by a single film sweeping the competition.

24/7 Tempo examined the Academy Awards Database of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to determine the films that have won the most Oscars every year since 1975. A film’s total number of Oscars includes all honorary, special, special achievement, and scientific/technical awards given to any recipient for that film. Until the 2022 Academy Awards, all data is complete.

Three films have shared the most Oscars ever given out. Despite being nominated in as many as 12 different categories, Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) all ended up winning 11 Oscars. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King still holds the record for the biggest Oscar sweep, taking home awards in every category except Best Picture, which it shared with the fantasy film..

The number of nominations received by “Titanic” is also a record-setter. Both “La La Land” (2016) and “All About Eve” (1950) received 14 nominations each, but the musical won “only” six Oscars. These are some of the greatest musicals ever created.