Hollywood: Twice the Oscar glory!


Mumbai, Feb. 21 -- With the 90th Academy Awards round the corner, here's a recap of films of the past that won the Oscar both in Best Picture and Best Director categories.
Starring Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, director Robert Benton's movie, Kramer vs Kramer (1979) took home all the top awards at the 52nd Academy Awards in 1980. From Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor to Best Adapted Screenplay and the Best Supporting Actress awards, Kramer vs. Kramer made a clean sweep that year. Based on Avery Corman's novel, this Dustin Hoffman-Meryl Streep-starrer traced a couple's divorce and its impact on their son. 
James Cameron's Titanic (1997) is one of the greatest films in the history of global cinema, connecting audiences across all languages. The film was recognised at the 70th Academy Awards where it received a grand total of 14 nominations, winning 11 of them, which included Best Picture and Best Director categories. It's one of the highest nominated films at the Oscars till date, tying in with La La Land (2016) and All About Eve (1950). 
The first R-Rated film to win at the Academy Awards, William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971) not only won the Oscar in 1972 Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, but also won for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. This Gene Hackman- starrer crime thriller is one of the few films to bag the golden trio - best picture, director and actor - at the Oscars. 
The King's Speech (2010) - a British historical drama- was one of the most successful films in the past decade. So it came as no surprise when the film received 12 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards bagging both, Best Picture and Best Director award for Tom Hooper. Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter essayed lead roles in the film.
Nominated in 10 categories at the 68th Academy Awards, Braveheart (1995) won five of them, including the award for Best Picture and Best Director. Directed, produced and starring Mel Gibson, the film grossed $210.4 million worldwide in 2010. If that wasn't enough, in the same year, the Independent Film and Television Alliance selected this epic war film as one of the 30 Most Significant Independent Films of the last 30 years.