Obscure Film Facts

The top ten highest grossing films (adjusted for inflation) are:

  1.  Gone with the Wind
  2. Avatar
  3. Titanic
  4. Star Wars IV:  A New Hope
  5. Avengers:  EndGame
  6. The Sound of Music
  7. E.T.
  8. The Ten Commandments
  9. Dr. Zhivago
  10. Star Wars VII:  The Force Awakens

Only two actors have won posthumous Academy Awards:  Peter Finch for “Network” (1976) and Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight” (2009.)

Three films have tied for the most Oscar wins:  “Ben-Hur”, “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King”.

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“La La land” (2016) was awarded the Best Picture Oscar by mistake.  “Moonlight” won.

Director Alfred Hitchcock was nominated , but never won an Academy Award.  In 1968, he won the Irving G. Thalberg Award, which is given out during the ceremonies, but is not an Oscar.

“Midnight Cowboy” (1969 Best Picture Oscar winner) was originally rated X.  It was changed to an R rating without editing.

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The majority of silent films have been damaged or destroyed due to poor storage, nitrate stock and a lack of care.

Elvis Presley made 33 movies.  The last won a Golden Globe for Best Documentary.  “Elvis in Concert” (1972.)

“Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959) contains only a few minutes of Bela Lugosi’s last performance.  It had been intended for another film to be directed by Ed Wood.

The first fart joke was in “Cold Turkey” (1971) from Edward Everett Horton who died soon thereafter.

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