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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner And How To Watch Them

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Anyone who claims to be a moviegoer has surely seen their fair share of Academy Award-winning movies, but how many can say they have seen every single film to take home the top prize at the Oscars? We would not blame anybody who has not, since the Best Picture winners list is a hefty one that keeps getting longer on an annual basis.

Yet, that is part of is why seeing each and every esteemed title sounds like such an aspirational feat. For those who are up to the challenge, allows us to point you in the right direction by listing all the movies to receive the honor of being named the Best Picture of their respective years in the eyes of the Academy and where you can watch them, starting at the very beginning.

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

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Wings (1927)

The first movie to be named Best Picture at the Academy Awards (before they were called Oscars) was Wings - an action-packed, silent epic following two World War I fighter pilots and their bitter feud over the same woman (Clara Bow).

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The Broadway Melody (1929)

A romantic rivalry is also at the heart of director Harry Beaumont’s musical about show business dreams, The Broadway Melody - the first “talkie” to win the honor.

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All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

The first adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front won Best Picture for its heartbreaking depiction of World War I from a German soldier’s perspective.

Cimarron (1931)

Edna Farber’s novel about a newspaper editor’s (Richard Dix) involvement in the late 19th-Century Oklahoma land rush inspired Cimarron - the first Western to win at the Academy Awards, including the top prize.

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Grand Hotel (1932)

An iconic ensemble - including Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and John Barrymore (grandfather of Drew) - lead the thrilling, romantic interwoven stories told in Grand Hotel, whose sole Academy Award nomination and win was Best Picture.

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Cavalcade (1933)

Several notable and tragic events of the early 20th Century are seen through the eyes of a well-to-do English family in Cavalcade, which also earned awards for director Frank Lloyd and art director William S. Darling.

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It Happened One Night (1934)

Director Frank Capra and stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert also each won their first Academy Awards in It Happened One Night - one of the most charming and influential romantic comedy movies ever made.

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

Clark Gable also led director Frank Lloyd’s Mutiny on the Bounty - a thrilling adventure, inspired by a real incident from 1789, about a ship crew rebelling against their sadistic captain (Charles Laughton). 

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The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Also inspired by a true story is The Great Ziegfeld - a lavish tale about the ups and downs of show business that also took home an award for Seymour Felix’s choreography.

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The Life Of Emile Zola (1937)

The following year, the Academy gave Best Picture to another fact-based drama, The Life of Emile Zola - starring Paul Muni as the titular French writer who fought against the unjust Dreyfus affair.

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You Can't Take It With You (1938)

Director Frank Capra’s adaptation of playwrights George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart’s brilliant economic satire You Can’t Take It with You won Best Picture the first year the Academy started calling the statuette “Oscar.”

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Gone With The Wind (1939)

Still the highest grossing film when adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind marked a historic moment for the Oscars when it became the first color film to win Best Picture and star Hattie McDaniel become the first Black person to ever be nominated and awarded by the Academy.

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Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

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Rebecca (1940)

It is hard to believe that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar himself, but his adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s shocking novel Rebecca at least earned him the honor of saying he helmed a Best Picture winner.

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The legendary John Ford also won his third of four Oscars for directing How Green Was My Valley, based on Richard Llewellyn’s story of one family’s struggles in a Welsh mining village in the early 1900s.

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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

As World War II was still in its prime, the Best Picture Oscar went to Mrs. Miniver, which tells the story of the earth-shattering conflict’s infancy through the eyes of a middle-class British family.

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Casablanca (1943)

The events of World War II were very much an influence on the story of the seminal classic Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as former lovers reunited over political intrigue in Morocco.

Going My Way (1944)

The Academy must have been in the mood for something lighter when it gave Best Picture to Going My Way - a musical that also earned star Bing Crosby his sole Oscar.

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The Lost Weekend (1945)

Following World War II’s end, the Academy sought darkness again and gave the top prize to Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend - a film noir following an alcoholic’s days-long bender.

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Speaking of World War II’s end, The Best Years of Lives follows a trio of traumatized veterans as they struggle to readjust to their old lives.

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Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Gregory Peck plays a renowned journalist who goes undercover as a Jewish man as research for a series of articles covering anti-Semitism in Gentleman’s Agreement, which was directed by Elia Kazan.

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Hamlet (1948)

Sir Laurence Olivier directed, did uncredited screenwriting work on, and gave an Oscar-winning performance in the title role of Hamlet - the first talkie based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy and the first non-American film to win Best Picture.

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All The King's Men (1949)

Based on Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King’s Men chronicles the triumphant rise and fall of a corrupt politician played by Broderick Crawford in an Oscar-winning portrayal.

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Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur

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All About Eve (1950)

“Fasten your seatbelts” for All About Eve - the dazzling drama from screenwriter and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (portrayed by Tom Pelphrey in Mank) about the title character’s (Anne Baxter) schemes to assume the life of an aging Broadway star (Bette Davis).

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An American In Paris (1951)

Gene Kelly plays a painter struggling to find work in France in the essential, romantic musical An American in Paris, which also won Best Original Score.

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The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)

Directed by the great Cecil B. DeMille and starring legends like James Stewart and Charlton Heston, The Greatest Show on Earth brought all the excitement of the circus to the movie theater. 

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From Here To Eternity (1953)

One of the most exciting and romantic war dramas of all time is From Here to Eternity, for which singer Frank Sinatra won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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On The Waterfront (1954)

Marlon Brando won his first Academy Award for playing a down and out former boxer who “coulda been a contender” in On the Waterfront, which also earned director Elia Kazan his second Oscar.

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Marty (1955)

Ernest Borgnine gives an Oscar-winning performance in the title role of Marty, a Bronx butcher who receives an unexpected chance at love when he meets the equally disillusioned teacher, Clara (Betsy Blair).

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Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

Based on Jules Verne’s seminal, inventive adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days stars comedy legends David Niven and Cantinflas as two explorers attempting to do just what the title suggests.

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

Future Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Alec Guinness won the Best Actor Oscar for playing one of many POWs forced to build a doomed railway during World War II in The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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Gigi (1958)

Winner of all nine Oscars it was nominated for, Gigi is a sweeping musical about a friendship between a rich playboy (Louis Jordan) and a coutesan-in-training (Leslie Caron) that blossoms into more.

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Ben-Hur (1959)

Charlton Heston won Best Actor for playing the title role of a Jewish prince wrongfully sold into slavery in Ben-Hur - director Willian Wyler’s quintessential period epic.

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Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night

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The Apartment (1960)

One of writer and director Billy Wilder’s most definitive achievements was The Apartment - an inventive comedy about an insurance clerk (Jack Lemmon) who allows his coworkers to have romantic encounters in his Manhattan home.

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West Side Story (1961)

William Shakespeare’s seminal romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet is given a modernized, musical update with West Side Story, which Steven Spielberg would later reimagine in 2021. 

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

It is hard to believe that Peter O’Toole never won an Oscar, especially for his performance in the title role of Lawrence of Arabia - about how England’s T.E. Lawrence led Arab tribes against the Turks during World War I.

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Tom Jones (1963)

Legendary British actor Albert Finney plays the chivalrous, titular lothario in Tony Richardson’s adaptation of Henry Fieldings period novel Tom Jones.

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My Fair Lady (1964)

Based on stage musical of the same name, My Fair Lady is the largely influential story of a phonetics professor (Rex Harrison) who wagers he can make an upper-class citizen out of a working-class, Cockney woman (Audrey Hepburn).

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The Sound Of Music (1965)

Another iconic musical that earned the top prize at the Oscars in the 1960s is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews as a governess who teaches her employers’ (Christopher Plummer) children about the joys of song.

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Sir Thomas More’s (Paul Scofield) defiance of the Catholic Church’s prohibition of divorce inspired the play A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, who would win an Oscar for penning the screenplay of this enthralling adaptation.

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In The Heat Of The Night (1967)

Trailblazing Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier gave one of the most inspiring performances of his career in In the Heat of the Night as a Black detective asked by a Mississippi police chief (Rod Steiger) to help solve a murder he was unjustly accused of.

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Oliver! (1968)

Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, Oliver! tells the story of a young orphan who adopts the art of pickpocketing in 1830s London.

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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The first and only Best Picture winner to receive an X rating is Midnight Cowboy, in which a Texas hustler (Jon Voight) forms a deep bond with a rebuffed local (Dustin Hoffman) in Brooklyn.

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Marlon Brando in The Godfather

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Patton (1970)

George C. Scott brilliantly embodied one of the most known military figures in history to Oscar-winning acclaim in the monumental biopic, Patton.

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The French Connection (1971)

Director William Friedken arguably redefined the cop thriller with The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman in an Oscar-winning performance as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle.

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The Godfather (1972)

Director Francis Ford Coppola inarguably redefined the mafia thriller with one of the best ‘70s movies, The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando in an Oscar-winning performance as Don Vito Corleone.

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The Sting (1973)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford reunite for The Sting as a pair of grifters who plan a huge con to avenge the murder of their mutual friend.

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The Godfather Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola completed his adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel with the, arguably, more powerful follow-up, The Godfather Part II, starring Robert De Niro in an Oscar-winning performance as a young Don Vito Corleone.

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Milos Forman directs one of the greatest Jack Nicholson performances in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in which a petty criminal (Nicholson) leads a rebellion against a sadistic nurse (Louise Fletcher) after an insanity plea gets him sent to a mental institution.

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Rocky (1976)

Sylvester Stallone was nominated for both writing and starring in the lead role of Rocky - one of the best sports movies ever made, which inspired an ongoing franchise of beloved boxing films.

Annie Hall (1977)

A neurotic comedian (Woody Allen) looks back on his unique relationship with a free-spirited, aspiring singer (Diane Keaton, giving an Oscar-winning performance) in Annie Hall, which remains one of the most inventive and refreshingly honest rom-coms of all time.

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Less a war movie and more an analysis of post-war trauma, The Deer Hunter is the harrowing and controversial story of a veteran’s (Robert De Niro) struggles to find his friends after becoming separated in Vietnam.

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Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Both Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep received Oscars for their performances in Kramer vs. Kramer as a separated couple embroiled in a bitter custody battle over their young son.

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Charlie Sheen in Platoon

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Ordinary People (1980)

Dysfunctional family dynamics are also at the heart of the devastating drama Ordinary People, for which director Robert Redford won his sole competitive Academy Award.

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Chariots Of Fire (1981)

Vangelis also earned his sole Academy Award for his instantly recognizable score for Chariots of Fire, which follows two young, British track runners of differing backgrounds at the 1924 Olympics.

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Gandhi (1982)

Sir Ben Kingsley, who is of Indian descent on his father’s side, disappears into the role of the titular, iconic proponent for non-violent resistance in Gandhi - a rousing biopic from director Richard Attenborough.

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Terms of Endearment (1983)

It is hard to believe that Shirley MacLaine has just one Oscar for her performance in Terms of Endearment - a drama covering several years of a woman’s (MacLaine) relationship with her daughter (Debra Winger) that is often funny until it is devastating.

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Amadeus (1984)

The late, great Milos Forman earned his second Best Director Oscar for Amadeus - a retelling of the life of renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) as told by the fellow musician who claims to have enviously murdered him, Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham).

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Out of Africa (1985)

Robert Redford and Meryl Streep star as a big game hunter and Danish baroness, respectively, who fall in love in 20th Century Kenya in Out of Africa, which is lauded as one of producer and director Sydney Pollack’s greatest achievements.

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Platoon (1986)

American soldiers are subjected to relentless, senseless brutality while serving in Vietnam in Platoon - an epic, thought-provoking indictment on the cruelty of war that could only come from writer and director Oliver Stone.

The Last Emperor (1987)

The story of Pu Yi (John Lone), the would become the last person to serve as the monarchical leader of China, is revealed in The Last Emperor, for which Bernardo Bertolucci earned Oscars for both writing and directing.

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Rain Man (1988)

Dustin Hoffman gives one of the most esteemed performances of his career as an autistic savant opposite a stellar Tom Cruise as his unwitting younger sibling in Rain Man - a beautiful story of redemption through brotherly love from director Barry Levinson.

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman make an irresistible pair as a disgruntled, elderly widow and her chauffeur, respectively, in Driving Miss Daisy - an inspirational story about redemption through friendship set between the 1950s and 1970s.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic

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 Dances With Wolves (1990)

Kevin Costner won a Best Director Oscar for Dances with Wolves - the first Western do so since 1931’s Cimarron in which the Yellowstone cast member also plays the title role of Civil War-era soldier who learns the ways of a Native American tribe.

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

A FBI trainee (Jodie Foster) seeks help from a cannibalistic former psychologist (Anthony Hopkins) to catch a killer in The Silence of the Lambs - one of the best horror movies ever made and the only one to ever win Best Picture so far.

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Unforgiven (1992)

The Academy would show its taste for the Western again by giving the top prize to Unforgiven, for which star Clint Eastwood won his first Oscar as both director and producer.

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Schindler’s List (1993)

Having already taken the world of cinema by storm, Steven Spielberg became an Academy Award-winning filmmaker as director and producer of Schindler’s List - a technically magnificent, emotionally distressing portrait of the Holocaust.

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Forrest Gump (1994)

For his second Oscar-winning performance, Tom Hanks plays the simple-minded title hero of Forrest Gump - an endearing revisionist history drama from director Robert Zemeckis.

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Braveheart (1995)

Mel Gibson became an Oscar-winning filmmaker as the director and producer of the historical epic Braveheart, in which he also stars as Scottish warrior William Wallace in a bid to free his people from England’s tyrannical rule.

The English Patient (1996)

A French-Canadian nurse (Juliette Binoche) indulges in an affair with a British, semi-amnesiac plane crash victim (Ralph Fiennes) in The English Patient - a romantic World War II-era drama from director Anthony Minghella.

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Titanic (1997)

A wealthy, young woman (Kate Winslet) indulges in an affair with a poor, young man (Leonardo DiCaprio) while on an ill-fated luxury ship in Titanic - James Cameron’s heavily dramatized retelling of the 1912 tragedy that became the highest grossing film ever for a time.

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Shakespeare In Love (1998)

A young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) indulges in an affair with a woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who inspires some of his most iconic work in the Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love, for which Paltrow and Judi Dench also won Oscars for their performances.

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American Beauty (1999)

Following his own death, a forty-something suburban dad (Kevin Spacey) recalls the bizarre last few weeks of his life through overhead narration in American Beauty, which saw a major career breakthrough for director Sam Mendes.

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Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

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Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott directs Russell Crowe in an Oscar-winning performance as the hero of Gladiator - a thrilling period piece that will surely have you “entertained!”

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Russell Crowe headlined back-to-back Best Picture winners in the early 2000s, the second being director Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, in which he plays real-life mathematician John Nash, whose struggles with mental illness almost threatened his career.

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Chicago (2002)

Catherine Zeta-Jones danced her way to Oscar glory in Chicago - the cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical inspired by the infamous “Murderess Row” case of the late 1920s.

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

Director Peter Jackson completed his trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s influential fantasy books with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which also became the most acclaimed film of the Lord of the Rings movies and earned him a Best Director Oscar.

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Star Clint Eastwood won his second Best Director Oscar for the boxing drama Million Dollar Baby, which also saw Morgan Freeman win his first Academy Award and Hilary Swank a second time.

Crash (2005)

Director Paul Haggis earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for co-writing Crash - an analysis of modern racial tension as told from the point of view of various Los Angeleans in a 36-hour period.

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The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese received a long-overdue Oscar for Best Director for The Departed - a gritty, bleak, twisty remake of the Chinese cop drama Infernal Affairs set in Boston’s criminal underground.

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No Country For Old Men (2007)

Joel and Ethan Coen received Oscars for both writing and directing their brilliant adaptation of No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy’s powerful meditation on the ongoing war between good and evil on Earth.

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A teenager (Skins’ Dev Patel) reflects on his childhood in Mumbai while competing on a game show in Slumdog Millionaire - an inspiring fairy tale of sorts from director Danny Boyle.

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The Hurt Locker (2009)

Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director winner for The Hurt Locker, starring Jeremy Renner as a military bomb defuser whose recklessness puts him at odds with his peers while serving in Iraq.

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The King's Speech (2010)

Colin Firth gives a brilliant performance as an heir to the British throne struggling to overcome his debilitating stammer in The King’s Speech, which also earned Tom Hooper an Oscar for directing.

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Kang-ho Song in Parasite

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The Artist (2011)

The first “silent film” to win the Best Picture Oscar since the very first Best Picture Oscar winner (Wings) was The Artist, which, itself, a rousing, visually stunning love letter to the silent era.

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Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck directs and stars in the intense thriller Argo, which is based on the true story of a CIA agent who helped Americans escape an Iranian hostage situation by posing as a film crew in 1979.

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12 Years A Slave (2013)

Lupita Nyong’o earned a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in her feature-length debut, 12 Years a Slave, also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup, whose experience as a free Black man abducted and sold into slavery inspired this harrowing drama. 

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Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2014)

Michael Keaton pokes fun at his own career starring as a former superhero movie actor seeking a comeback in Birdman - a masterclass in satire and visual stun from co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

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Spotlight (2015)

Michael Keaton led back-to-back Oscar winners in the mid-2010s, the second being Spotlight - which tells the story behind the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé about child molestation cover-ups in the Catholic Church.

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Moonlight (2016)

Although an infamous mistake initially made it seem like La La Land won in 2017, the Best Picture Oscar really went to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight - the harrowing story of a young, Black man struggling with his sexual identity with help from a much-needed mentor (Mahershala Ali).

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The Shape Of Water (2017)

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro won over the Academy with The Shape of Water, which sees him continue to indulge in his love of creature features, but filtered through a powerful commentary on forbidden love.

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Green Book (2018)

Mahershala Ali won his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a Black pianist who forms a strong bond with his white chauffeur (Viggo Mortensen) while touring the Jim Crow era South in Green Book, which takes its name from a real road guide used to locate safe areas for Black travelers at the time.

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Parasite (2019)

An impoverished, South Korean family infiltrates the lives of a wealthy family in Bong Joon-ho’s striking, brilliant subversive thriller Parasite - the first movie to win Oscars for both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture. 

Nomadland (2020)

Chinese-born filmmaker Chloe Zhao became the first woman of color to win Best Director for Nomadland, which could almost count as a documentary on the post-Recession culture of middle-aged people living exclusively on the road for its casting of real “nomads” as themselves.

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CODA (2021)

A young woman (Emilia Jones) who is the only hearing person in her family struggles between following her musical aspirations and helping her parents when they fall on hard times in CODA, which also saw star Troy Kotsur make history as the first deaf male actor win the Best Actor Oscar.

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Now that you can say you have seen every Best Picture Oscar winner so far, would you say you agree with the Academy?

Jason has been writing since he was able to pick up a washable marker, with which he wrote his debut illustrated children's story, later transitioning to a short-lived comic book series and (very) amateur filmmaking before finally settling on pursuing a career in writing about movies in lieu of making them. Look for his name in just about any article related to Batman.