Love them or hate them, the Oscars are synonymous with the glamor of Hollywood and the film industry. Sure, they may be cheesy at times and an excuse for the acting elite to get dressed up all fancy and strut their stuff, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t cheering on our favorite films year after year.
That’s why we’re doubly excited about unveiling the movies that have won the most Oscars ever—one of our all-time favorites, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King made the cut.
However, it wasn’t alone. There are actually three films that are tied for the most wins in Oscar history. Raking in 11 awards each, here are the victors:
- Ben-Hur (1959)
- Titanic (1997)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King also has one other Oscar record. It’s considered to be the biggest “sweep,” which means it won in every single category in which it was nominated. On the other hand, Titanic was nominated for 14 Oscars and missed out on three of them.
All three of these films were absolutely epic in scale when they were released, with impeccable scenery, special effects and music. These are things we’re starting to take for granted these days with blockbuster after blockbuster hitting the theaters, but these movies prove that going big doesn’t have to be distasteful.
Sometimes the Oscars don’t really seem to agree with regular audience opinion, but in each of these cases, the audiences loved the films as well. The numbers prove it—Ben-Hur brought in $74 million at the box office (keep in mind, it came out in the late 1950s), Titanic earned $2.2 billion (that’s billion with a B!) and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King earned $1.1 billion.
Clearly, hitting the sweet spot between fan and critic praise is worth the effort.