Studios hoisting Oscar: One leads

We know there's a record of which actors, actresses and films have received the most Oscars. But which movie studios have been behind the most Oscar-winning films?

— Joanie J., Medford

Joanie, we here at SYA are glad you asked this question because we wanted to know the same answer, we just didn't know that we wanted to know.

To begin, "Ben Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" are tied for most Oscars with 11 each.

Katharine Hepburn has the most Best Actress wins with four, and Daniel-Day Lewis has three Best Actor wins.

As for your main question, that proved a little tougher to answer. Our research failed to uncover a comprehensive list of Academy Awards wins by studio, so we sat down and counted up the Best Picture wins by studio ourselves. (And we got paid for it. Nice, huh?)

The studio with the most Best Picture wins turned out to be Paramount Pictures with 12 (starting with a win by "Wings" at the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929).

Warner Bros., Columbia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and 20th Century Fox — including a win by Fox before its merger with 20th Century Pictures — are tied for second with nine wins each, while Universal and United Artists tallied eight wins each.

Paramount has the opportunity to increase its lead at this year's Academy Awards, with two films in contention for the big prize. Columbia and Warner Bros. also have two nominees.

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