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Wanna Win an Oscar? The A’s Have It!

Written by Katie Marzullo. Published: February 28 2013


Many film buffs might argue with me on this point, but there really is no set formula for cranking out an Oscar-winning film. Oh, you can hedge your bets with a lot of crying, dying, beautiful women in hideous (or no) make-up, and/or lovable mentally-challenged folks, but at the end of the day, it’s a crapshoot.


However, as I was gazing up at the brand new plaque in the lobby of the Dolby Theatre that now bares the name of Argo as the Best Picture winner for 2012, it suddenly occurred to me… maybe the key isn’t in the content but in the title!


So, I did some research (as I am wont to do), and indeed, films whose titles begin with the letter A have quite a success rate when it comes to taking home the top prize! In the 85 years that the Academy has been handing out golden statuettes, 13 films that begin with the letter A have been named Best Picture! That includes articles (i.e.: A Beautiful Mind) and a case could also be made for films where a prominent word in the title begins with A, such as Lawrence of Arabia or Out of Africa. And just as my intuition suspected, Best Picture winners that begin with A have the highest success rate in the history of the Oscars!


1930: All Quiet On The Western Front

1950: All The King’s Men

1951: All About Eve

1952: An American In Paris

1957: Around The World In 80 Days

1961: The Apartment

1967: A Man For All Seasons

1978: Annie Hall

1985: Amadeus

2000: American Beauty

2002: A Beautiful Mind

2012: The Artist

2013: Argo


Honorable mentions:


1963: Lawrence of Arabia

1986: Out of Africa


So, take note, filmmakers! If you REALLY want the Academy to notice you, slap an A at the beginning of your title!


Or, you may even go with a G, as that letter comes in a close second with 11 titles. Whatever you do, though, do not name your movie with anything beginning with a J, Q, V, X, or Z, as no movie has ever won an Oscar with titles beginning with those letters!


You’re welcome!


(Photo via WENN)


- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor

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