In Pictures: Every Best Picture Academy Award Winning Film

Some of the Best Picture winners are timeless classics like Gone with the Wind, All About Eve, and Titanic. But some are headscratchers, like do you remember "Cimarron"?
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In Pictures: Every Best Picture Academy Award Winning Film Newsweek

The Academy Award, also known as the Oscar, for Best Picture is a top honor in cinema. Sometimes they get it right (think Moonlight, Schindler's List, The Godfather), and sometimes they get it wrong (hi Crash, we see you). Regardless of who wins, being crowned Best Picture etches a film in history as part of an exclusive club that began in 1929 with the 1st Academy Awards, which honored films from 1927-1928.

The award is voted on by members of the Academy. How the nominees have been determined has changed over the years, but voting has largely stayed the same. The number of films eligible for the category has also changed over the years, starting with three, then eight to twelve, then down to five, and now no more than ten.

Only nine foreign-language films having ever been nominated (Grand Illusion in 1938, Z in 1969, The Emigrants in 1972, Cries and Whispers in 1973, The Postman in 1995, Life is Beautiful in 1998, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000, Letters from Iwo Jima in 2006, and Amour in 2012). None have won the top prize.

Sequels have only been nominated in a number of instances. The Godfather: Part II in 1974 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003 are the only two to have ever won.

Often the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars are bestowed on the same film. Of all the Best Picture winners, 63 directors from the same film have also been awarded.

Some of the Best Picture winners are timeless classics, such as Gone with the Wind, All About Eve, and Titanic. But some are headscratchers—do you remember Cimarron? How about Mrs. Miniver?

So let's refresh our memories and take a look back at all the films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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1927/1928 - “Wings” Paramount Pictures / Famous Lasky Productions