No. 24 – Ben-Hur

Boo Cook’s character montage illustration for prog 1500 (2006) v Ben-Hur (1959) theatrical poster by Reynold Brown (1917–1991), who also painted the posters featured in HoH No. 23 – Tarantula! and No. 189 – Attack of the 50 Foot Woman!

Ben-Hur was the first of three films to have won eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture; the second was James Cameron’s Titanic (Paramount Pictures/20th Century Fox, 1997) and the third was Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line Cinema, 2003); and considering several of the categories won by Titanic and The Return of the King didn’t exist in Ben-Hur’s day, eleven wins becomes that much more impressive. It does stand alone as the first ever film to win at least ten Academy Awards.