Since the inception of the Academy Awards in 1929, only three films have won all five of the major awards, known as the “Big Five” Oscars. These awards are for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. The first film to achieve this feat was the romantic comedy It Happened One Night in 1934. This classic film starred Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and was directed by Frank Capra.
The second film to win all five Oscars was the 1975 drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This film starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher and was directed by Milos Forman. It tells the story of a rebellious patient in a mental institution and the battle of wills between him and the head nurse.
The most recent film to win all five Oscars was the 1991 psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs. This film starred Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins and was directed by Jonathan Demme. It tells the story of an FBI trainee who must enlist the help of a cannibalistic serial killer in order to catch another killer.
These three films are the only ones to have won all five of the major Academy Awards in the past 90 years. They are all highly acclaimed films that have stood the test of time and are considered classics in their respective genres. It is a rare and remarkable feat for any film to win all five of the major Oscars, and these three films have done just that.