Oscar Records: Firsts–Which Genre Films

Best Picture (Firsts)

First foreign-language film to be nominated for Best Picture
La Grand Illusion (1937), in French

First science fiction film to be nominated for Best Picture
A Clockwork Orange (1971)

First horror film to be nominated for Best Picture
The Exorcist (1973)

First animation to be nominated for Best Picture
Beauty and the Beast (1991)

First superhero or comic book film nominated for Best Picture
Black Panther (2018)

First fantasy film to win Best Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

First 3-D films to be nominated for Best Picture
Avatar and Up (2009)

First film with entirely non-white cast to win Best Picture
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

First film with all-black cast to win Best Picture
Moonlight (2016)

First sci-fi film to win Best Picture
The Shape of Water (2017)

First animated film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language

Waltz with Bashir (2008), representing Israel

First animated film nominated for Best Original Screenplay and for a Best Screenplay award in general
Toy Story (1995)

First animation to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
Shrek (2001)

 

Actors:

First actress to be nominated for a performance in a 3-D film
Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)

First actor to be nominated for a performance in a 3-D film
Matt Damon for The Martian (2015)
First film to receive the most nominations of its year without receiving a Best Picture nomination
Dreamgirls (2006), with eight nominations

First actor to receive 10 nominations for acting
Laurence Olivier received his tenth nomination (for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor) for the film The Boys from Brazil (1978)

First actress to receive 10nominations for acting
Bette Davis received her tenth official nomination (all for Best Actress) for the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

First actress to receive 20 nominations for acting

Meryl Streep received her twentieth nomination (for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress) for the film Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)