The 89th Academy Awards will forever be remembered for the envelope gaffe during the announcement of the best picture winner. Amid the Warren Beatty-induced pandemonium and stunned faces from the A-listers in the crowd, the truth eventually came to the surface: "Moonlight," not "La La Land," was the best film of 2016.
The Barry Jenkins-directed film certainly earned that title — it was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including best adapted screenplay (Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney) and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali). The coming-of-age tale about a gay black man growing up in Miami is one of the most moving films made in years and, ultimately, proved impactful enough to upset "La La Land" — the perceived favorite for months leading up to the ceremony — for the top prize.
It was a stunning result, but "La La Land" didn't exactly go home empty-handed. The film won six Oscars — including best director (Damien Chazelle) and best actress (Emma Stone) — to go along with its seven Golden Globe wins. That impressive haul puts it among the most decorated films of all time.
But where exactly does "La La Land"'s trophy case rank in movie history? PrettyFamous, an entertainment site by Graphiq, found the most decorated films of all time to get a clearer picture of the company "La La Land" has joined. To do this, the data experts relied on total Oscars and Golden Globe award wins combined. Ties were broken based on the number of additional nominations each film had. If ties still existed, PrettyFamous used the movie's Smart Rating to break it. A Smart Rating is a score out of 100 that takes into account a film's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted domestic box office gross.
In the eyes of just about every film critic or fan, an Academy Award is the highest honor the entertainment industry can give. For the purpose of finding which movies have claimed the most hardware, though, PrettyFamous weighed all Oscars and Golden Globes equally when putting together their ranking. Feel free to dispute whether some of the following films truly deserved all the accolades they received, and whether or not "La La Land" has earned its place among their company.
Note: Movie descriptions were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.