As I sit here watching the Academy Awards, I wondered had a “sports” themed movie ever won an Oscar for best picture? Yes — there were actually three sports movies that won best picture. Can you name them?
These are all classic movies but the first to do it was the ultimate sports movie. It was, of course, Rocky! Here’s the list:
Nominated 10 times and had 3 wins (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
7 nominations with 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Original Score, Original Screenplay, Costume Design)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
7 nominations and 4 wins (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor)
Wow! Three incredible movies. But there were many more that has numerous Academy Awards nominations. Here are just a few:
“The Champ” (1931)
It was nominated for four awards but lost best picture to “Grand Hotel”.
“The Pride of the Yankees” (1942)
Nominated for best picture and best actor (Gary Cooper). But lost to “Mrs. Miniver” and Cooper lost to James Cagney for “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.
“The Hustler” (1961)
Had nine nominations but lost best picture to “West Side Story”. Wow tough competition.
“Breaking Away” (1979)
Had five nominations and lost Best Picture honors to “Kramer vs. Kramer”. It did win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
“Raging Bull” (1980)
8 nominations but lost to “Ordinary People” for best picture. Robert De Niro did win for best actor.
“Field of Dreams” (1989)
3 nominations but sadly lost all 3. “Driving Miss Daisy” won best picture that year.
“Jerry Maguire” (1996)
5 nominations and 1 win! Cuba Gooding Jr. won best supporting actor. “The English Patient” won best picture in 1996.
Lost best picture to “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”.
As you can see sports movies are well represented at the Academy Awards. A fun walk down movie memory lane! Which movie is your favorite?