There have only been three films in the history of the Oscars that have won the five major categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay). The first being It Happened One Night in 1934. The next didn't come for over 40 years when One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest brought home all five of the big prizes in 1975. The most recent and last film to win all five categories was The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. I never really even thought about if any movie had won in all of these categories. What got me thinking was a poll i saw on imdb.com. The poll ask which one of these films was your favorite (my personal favorite out of the three would have to be One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest just cause I'm a big fan of Jack Nicholson and I loved Ken Kesey's novel). This got me thinking, will we ever see another film that could be deemed "perfect"? The call these movies that won the Big Five. I honestly don't think that we will ever see another movie to join the category of the Big Five. It seems like movies that get nominated are nominated for one aspect alone.
I want to look at the nominees for the Oscars this year to further my point. Lets start with Avatar. Its a great movie that is visually stunning. It was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director. It did not receive any acting nominations and it did not receive a nomination for the screenplay. This really isn't much of a shock since the acting wasn't anything over the top or memorable and the screenplay has been written before. Avatar however, is the big film this year at the Oscars and it isn't even close to joining the big five.
A movie that came a little bit closer to joining the Big Five is the Hurt Locker. The Hurt Locker received nomination for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The one category missing would be best actress. As good as the Hurt Locker was I don't see it winning all four of those categories, maybe three at the most with Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director.
The reason I think that we wont see another film join the Big Five is because modern movies have begun to really focus on one aspect. Avatar focused on the special effects which is why there were no acting nominations. I don't think that Hollywood will be spending money to make a movie like Avatar with great actors in it. Until they decide to change this fact we will be left with the three lone Big Five winner.