Our prior Oscar trivia question asked: prior to 2011's THE ARTIST, what was the last Best Picture of the Year winner to be filmed in black and white and, also prior to THE ARTIST, what was the last silent Best Picture of the Year?
The answers: SCHINDLER'S LIST was the last Best Picture of the Year winner to be filmed in black and white while the last silent Best Picture of the Year was also the first Best Picture winner, WINGS (1927). If you think you don't like silent films, you need to see WINGS. Parts of it were shot in and around the air force bases in San Antonio. This WWI epic features terrific dogfights and aerial photography along with a doomed lovers storyline that is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye at the end of the film. If you're not moved by this film, you've got a lump of anthracite where your heart should be. Highest recommendation.
Now, for our next question. In the history of the Academy Awards only five performers (one woman, four men) have each appeared in a total of three Best Pictures of the Year. No one else has appeared in more Best Picture winners. These actors didn't necessarily win an Oscar for their performances in these films (although most did) but they do appear in three Best Pictures each. And they're all different films. That's five performers and fifteen films. Name 'em.