10. 'It Happened One Night' (1934)

The only "screwball comedy" (actually, it's credited with being the first of its genre) to win best picture ended up pulling off such an impressive sweep on <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005" title="Academy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/academy-awards-EVHST000005.topic">Oscar night</a> that it became the first of only three films to win best picture, director ( <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000840" title="Frank Capra Jr." href="/topic/entertainment/frank-capra-jr.-PECLB000840.topic">Frank Capra</a>), writer (Robert Riskin), actor ( <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001836" title="Clark Gable" href="/topic/entertainment/clark-gable-PECLB001836.topic">Clark Gable</a>) and actress ( <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001062" title="Claudette Colbert" href="/topic/entertainment/claudette-colbert-PECLB001062.topic">Claudette Colbert</a>). (The other two are <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000057280" title="One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-%28movie%29-ENMV000057280.topic">"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"</a> and "The Silence of the Lambs.") Originally, Colbert — eager to bolt out of town on vacation — didn't even plan to attend the ceremony. When Columbia studio chiefs had police nab her at the train station and escort her hurriedly to the gala, she arrived on stage to accept the best actress trophy looking bewildered and asked the audience, "What's the award?"
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The only "screwball comedy" (actually, it's credited with being the first of its genre) to win best picture ended up pulling off such an impressive sweep on Oscar night that it became the first of only three films to win best picture, director ( Frank Capra), writer (Robert Riskin), actor ( Clark Gable) and actress ( Claudette Colbert). (The other two are "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Silence of the Lambs.") Originally, Colbert — eager to bolt out of town on vacation — didn't even plan to attend the ceremony. When Columbia studio chiefs had police nab her at the train station and escort her hurriedly to the gala, she arrived on stage to accept the best actress trophy looking bewildered and asked the audience, "What's the award?"

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