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121 sea-faring days 'til Oscar

Oscar night will be here before you know it! It's time for your daily Oscar trivia. Today's is Biblical epic style... sort of.

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
-Genesis 1:21

Oscar's favorite sea-faring and/or sea-creature adventures are after the jump but soon we will have to add The Shape of Water (now opening December 1st -- one week earlier than as originally planned) to this list. Where do you think it will land in the following list:


01 Titanic (1997) - 14 nominations | 11 wins including Best Picture

02 Life of Pi (2012) - 11 nominations including Best Picture | 4 wins

03 Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - 8 nominations | 1 win for Best Picture (and by extension it's remake Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) 7 nominations including Best Picture...

04 Master and Commander (2003) - 10 nominations including Best Picture | 2 wins

05 Ship of Fools (1965) - 8 nominations including Best Picture | 2 wins

06 The Caine Mutiny (1954) - 7 nominations including Best Picture

07 Captain Phillips (2013) - 6 nominations including Best Picture

08 Captain Blood (1935) - 5 nominations including Best Picture

09 Jaws (1975) -4 nominations including Best Picture | 3 wins

the rest of the list was not nominated for Best Picture

10 The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - 8 nominations | 1 win and 1 special Oscar

11 Das Boot (1982) - 6 nominations

12 [TIE] Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Hook (1991) 5 nominations (and by extension the former's sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) with 4 nominations and 1 win)

CLOSEST RUNNERS UP: [TIE]  Finding Nemo (2003) and The Abyss (1989) - 4 nominations | 1 win

The Little Mermaid and Pinocchio are just outside the list

Other nominees involving the oceans or sea creatures:  
Pinocchio (1940), The Black Swan (1942), Reap the Wild Wind (1942), Lifeboat (1944), Plymouth Adventure (1952), Titanic (1953), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Buccaneer (1958), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Pirates (1986), The Little Mermaid (1989), Crimson Tide (1995), Water World (1995), The Perfect Storm (2000), U-571 (2000), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Kon-Tiki (2012), The Pirates! A Band of Misfits (2013)

Famous movies that Oscar completely ignored:
Crimson Pirate (1952), Peter Pan (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Peter Pan (2003), Noah (2014)

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Reader Comments (19)

Also, the Oscar-winning THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA!

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

Das Boot? The Caine Mutiny? The (best-forgotten) 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty?

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGuestguestguest

You can't forget the cult of a whole generation: The Blue Lagoon(1980), with the second most beautiful woman of the 1980s(I don't need to say who the first one is...) and one of the most perfect faces that ever graced the big and small screens, Brooke Shields. And the magnificent cinematography nominated to the Oscar of the master Néstor Almendros. By the way the first version of this story, british and of 1949, shows a very very young and convincingly naive Jean Simmons. Can be watched online and is very funny too, with a beautiful cinematography. Both are adaptations from a homonymous book.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel

Ship of Fools too :)

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

The 1953 Titanic starring a dream cast: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwick, Robert Wagner, Thelma Ritter, Brian Aherne, Richard Basehart, Oscar for “Writing Original Screenplay” and the supreme advantage of not having Leonardo DiCaprio in it.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMelchiades

we can't forget about "reap the wild wind" from 1942, either.

three nominations, one win for special effects that included some hilarious underwater sequences involving a giant orange octopus.

cast included paulette goddard with a less than passable southern accent, surprisingly unwooden john wayne, very young susan hayward, and impossibly young and sexy robert preston.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdennis

Crimson Tide (1995): 3 nominations

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.


Reap The Wild Wind is Paulette`s take on Scarlett O`Hara. She almost made Gone With The Wind. She plays a more sympathetic and independent version of the southern belle.

Unmentioned: The technicolored Plymouth Adventure(1952) romantic adventure with my favorites Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney and Van Johnson fantasizing about the pilgrims' voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to North America aboard the Mayflower. I would highlight the costumes and the music by Miklós Rózsa(Double Indemnity, Ben Hur).

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid_Essex

...And Plymouth Adventure won the Oscar for Best Effects.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid_Essex

A nice list

...though Jaws won 3 Oscars.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Lewis

Yes, let's not forget the striking 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty, which received 7 nominations including Best Picture. And we should also mention Thunderball (1965), the famously aquatic Bond adventure that won Best Visual Effects.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

thanks everyone for titles i missed. list is fixed!

November 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

You must hate South Pacific(1958), because it's a musical, based on a Broadway play(I bet you know the songs by heart), Rossano Brazzi is in the cast, fits perfectly the theme... and it's not on your list? Anyway, won the Oscar of Sound.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly S

Love this list, Nathaniel! Awesome research.

Also, Voyage of the Damned, 1976--Lee Grant was nommed for Best Supporting Actress. Starring 70s goddess Faye Dunaway, the elusive Oskar Werner, a cast of thousands, and our very own Man of the Hour Max von Sydow

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

What a fun post!

"I'm going first, so if old Fat-Ass gets stuck again, I won't be caught behind her!"

I'm sorry, I have to say that every time I see something the Poseidon Adventure.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

The suit the Westmore brothers created for " The Creature From the Black Lagoon" is Oscar worthy special effect- make up. It still shockingly convincing

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Jakey, I love you for that!

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Thanks, forever!

Decided to go on a wiki rabbit hole and U-571 *won* for Best Sound Mixing.

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjakey

Oscar By The Sea:

Captains Courageous(1937)Victor Fleming. Best Actor for Spencer Tracy. He would repeat the next year.

Key Largo(1948)John Huston. Best supporting actress for Claire Trevor.

The African Queen(1951)John Huston. Best Actor for Humphrey Bogart.

Le Monde du Silence/The Silent World(1956)Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle. Best Documentary, Features.

The Enemy Below(1957)Dick Powell. Best Special Effects.

Some Like it Hot(1959)Billy Wilder. Best Costume Design Black and White.

The Hunt For The Red October(1990)John McTiernam. Best Sound Editing.

Manchester By The Sea(2016)Kenneth Lonergan. Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Original Screenplay.

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

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