X-Rated Academy Awards! Obscure Oscar Trivia! Oscar’s Thirteen “X-Rated” Nominations!

Here is some Academy Award trivia for your Oscar weekend…


Oscar’s “Lucky 13!”


This isn’t the kind of image you equate with the Oscars, is it? Well here’s some obscure Academy Award trivia for you – there have been THIRTEEN oscar nominations associated with X-rated movies!

a clockwork orange

Talk About An “Adult” Oscar!

The history of the Academy Awards is full of great moments and trivia – and this is one of the most fascinating to me…

x-rated midnight cowboy

Time to look at the biggest awards night of the year in a different way: there was a time when Oscar not only tolerated sex in the movies, they rewarded it with some of the night’s biggest awards!

last tango in paris butter scene

There have been thirteen Academy Award nominations tied to X-rated movies…it happened in an era when the film industry gave filmmakers the freedom to tell stories in a very adult way – let’s look at this fascinating part of Oscar lore…


Here Come The Ratings!

The ratings…

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  1. Well I knew Midnight Cowboy was the only X Rated film to win Best Picture and that Temple of Doom led to the creation of the PG-13 rating but the rest is a real eye opener. We have an R rating for 18 or over so always find it interesting NC-17 is a more restrictive rating than R in America. The history of ratings is kind of interesting. I’m yet to see Last Tango in Paris so skipped that part of your post. Something that struck me about Midnight Cowboy is that by today’s standards it’s fairly passable for adult standards. It tells a hard story about a hard life and is haunting but hardly confronting compared to your average horror slasher. A Clockwork Orange is something else, in the way that Kubrick shoots it and the unrelenting nature of its rape and torture scenes it remains a viewing experience that can be very upsetting. As bad as what you see is though, I think again it’s how Kubrick shows it more than what he shows. A truly gifted filmmaker. An anecdote I’m sure you’ve heard. The director of Midnight Cowboy once shared his concerns with Jon Voight on set, saying maybe the film was too graphic and sick. Voight grabbed him and said “Listen to me, I believe this film will stand the test of time as our greatest achievement that will live on beyond our lives.” Voight is as pleased as anyone that his words said in desperation and kindness have been borne out.


  2. I often forget just how good Hoffman was in Midnight Cowboy. I was never much of a fan of John Voigt until his roles as an older man, but I loved that film at the time.
    I didn’t rate ‘Last Tango’ that much. I thought that Brando overplayed the broodiness to extremes.
    But I can watch a Russ Meyer film any day of the week!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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