Academy Award for Best Picture

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Academy Award for Best Picture
Awarded forBest Picture of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded1929 (for films released during the 1927/1928 film season)
Currently held by12 Years a Slave (2013)
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Academy Award for Best Picture
Awarded forBest Picture of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded1929 (for films released during the 1927/1928 film season)
Currently held by12 Years a Slave (2013)

The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually since the awards inception in 1929, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to producers working in the film industry and is the only category in which every member is eligible to submit a nomination. Best Picture is considered the most important of the Academy Awards, as it represents all the directing, acting, music composing, writing, editing and other efforts put forth into a film. Consequently, Best Picture is the final award of every Academy Awards ceremony. The Grand Staircase columns at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards ceremonies have been held since 2002, showcase every film that has won the Best Picture title since the award's inception.[1] As of the 86th Academy Awards nominations, there have been 512 films[2] nominated for the Best Picture award.


Category name changes[edit]

At the 1st Academy Awards ceremony (for 1927 and 1928), there were two categories that were seen as equally the top award of the night: Outstanding Picture and Unique and Artistic Production, the previous being won by the war epic Wings, and the latter by the art film Sunrise, both the awards were intended to honor different and equally important aspects of superior filmmaking. The following year, the Academy dropped the Unique and Artistic Production award, and decided retroactively that the award won by Wings was the highest honor that could be awarded.[3] Though the award kept the title Outstanding Picture for the next ceremony, the name underwent several changes over the years as seen below, the last being in 1962 when it became Best Picture.[2]


Originally the production company was presented the award until 1950 whereupon all credited producers were able to receive the award. This rule was modified in 1998, when a three-producer limit was applied due to all five producers of Shakespeare in Love receiving the award.[4][5][6]

As of 2014, the "Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award" limit recipients to those who meet two main requirements:[7]

The rules permit "bona fide team[s] of not more than two people to be considered to be a single 'producer' if the two individuals have had an established producing partnership for at least the previous five years and as a producing team have produced a minimum of five theatrically-released feature motion pictures during that time.[7]

The Academy can make exceptions to the limit, as when Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were posthumously among the four producers nominated for The Reader.[8] As of 2014 it is the Producers Branch Executive Committee that makes such exceptions, only in "rare and extraordinary circumstance[s]."[7]

Best Picture and Best Director[edit]

The Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director have been very closely linked throughout their history. Of the 86 films that have been awarded Best Picture,[dated info] 62 have also been awarded Best Director. Only four films have won Best Picture without their directors being nominated:[dated info] Wings (1927/28), Grand Hotel (1931/32), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and Argo (2012). The only two Best Director winners to win for films which did not receive a Best Picture nomination are distinctly during the early years: Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights (1927/28), and Frank Lloyd for The Divine Lady (1928/29).[9]

Nomination limit increased[edit]

On June 24, 2009, AMPAS announced that the number of films nominated in the Best Picture award category would increase from five to ten, starting with the 82nd Academy Awards (2009).[10] The expansion was a throwback to the Academy's early years in the 1930s and 1940s, when eight to twelve films were nominated. "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize," AMPAS President Sid Ganis said in a press conference. "I can't wait to see what that list of 10 looks like when the nominees are announced in February."[10] At the same time, the voting system was switched from first-past-the-post to instant runoff voting (also known as preferential voting).[11] Two years after this change, the Academy revised the rule again so that the number of films nominated was between 5 and 10; nominated films must earn either 5% of first-place rankings or 5% after an abbreviated variation of the single transferable vote nominating process used for nominations in other major categories.[12] Bruce Davis, the Academy executive director at the time, stated, "A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn't feel an obligation to round out the number."[13]


The Award is not without controversy. One point of contention is the lack of consideration of non-English language films for Best Picture. To date, only nine foreign language films have been nominated in the category: Grand Illusion (French, 1938); Z (French, 1969); The Emigrants (Swedish, 1972); Cries and Whispers (Swedish, 1973); Il Postino (Italian/Spanish, 1995); Life Is Beautiful (Italian, 1998); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Mandarin Chinese, 2000); Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese, 2006, but ineligible for Best Foreign Language Film, as it was an American production); and Amour (French, 2012).[14]

Other points of contention include the lack of animated films being nominated (Disney's Beauty and the Beast became the first film to get nominated, and Disney-Pixar's Up and Toy Story 3 were nominated after the Academy expanded the number of nominees); no science fiction film has won despite a number of successful nominees; only one fantasy film has won the award: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003; and only two comedies (Shakespeare in Love, 1998; and The Artist, 2011) have won in the last 30 years. Also to date, there has yet to be a documentary nominated for Best Picture.[15]

12 films exclusively financed outside the United States have won Best Picture, 11 of which were financed, in part or in whole, by the United Kingdom. Those films were, in chronological order: Hamlet, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Tom Jones, A Man for All Seasons, Oliver!, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Last Emperor, Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech. The twelfth film, The Artist, was financed in France.[15]

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in February 2014, two-thirds of Americans had yet to see any of the movies nominated for the 2014 best picture Oscar.[16][17][18][19]

Sequel nominations and winners[edit]

Only a small number of sequels have been nominated for Best Picture of which two have won; The Godfather Part II and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Other nominees include The Bells of St. Mary's, The Godfather Part III, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Toy Story 3.[14]

Another nominee, Broadway Melody of 1936, was a follow-up of sorts to previous winner The Broadway Melody, although, beyond the title and some music, there is no story connection with the earlier film. In addition, The Silence of the Lambs was adapted from the sequel novel to Red Dragon, which had previously been adapted for the screen as Manhunter by a different studio. Furthermore, another Best Picture nominee, The Lion in Winter, features Peter O'Toole as King Henry II, a role he had played previously in the film Becket. Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima was a companion piece to his film Flags of Our Fathers, released earlier the same year, which depicts the same battle from different viewpoints; the two films were shot back-to-back.

Notably, the only remake to win is The Departed, though a few other winners, such as Mutiny on the Bounty and Ben-Hur, were heavily inspired and influenced by previous films of the same name, they were nevertheless primarily considered different adaptations of the same novel.[20]

Silent film winners[edit]

The Artist (with the exception of a single scene of dialogue, and dream sequence with sound effects) was the first silent film since Wings to win Best Picture. The film was also the first silent nominee since The Patriot, as well as the first Best Picture winner shot entirely in black-and-white since 1960's The Apartment (Schindler's List, the 1993 winner, was predominantly black-and-white but contained some color sequences).[15]

Version availability[edit]

No Best Picture winner has been lost, though a few such as All Quiet on the Western Front and Lawrence of Arabia exist only in a form altered from their original, award-winning release form, usually due to editing for reissue (and subsequently partly restored by archivists) while other winners and nominees such as Tom Jones and Star Wars are widely available only in subsequently altered versions. The Broadway Melody originally had some sequences photographed in two-color Technicolor. This footage survives only in black and white.[21] The 1928 film The Patriot is the only Best Picture nominee that is lost.[22] The Racket, also from 1928, was believed lost for many years until a print was found in Howard Hughes' archives. It has since been restored and shown on Turner Classic Movies.[23] Also, the only surviving complete prints of 1931's East Lynne and 1934's The White Parade exist within the UCLA film archive.[24]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in the colored row, followed by the other nominees.[2] Except for the early years (when the Academy used a non-calendar year), the year shown is the one in which the film first premiered in Los Angeles County, California; normally this is also the year of first release, but it may be the year after first release (as with Casablanca and, if the film-festival premiere is considered, Crash). This is also the year before the ceremony at which the award is given; for example, a film exhibited theatrically during 2005 was eligible for consideration for the 2005 Best Picture Oscar, awarded in 2006. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article on that ceremony. Each individual entry shows the title followed by the production company, and the producer.

Until 1950, the Best Picture award was given to the production company; from 1951 on, it has gone to the producer or producers. The Academy used the producer credits of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) until 1998, when all five producers of Shakespeare in Love made speeches after its win.[4][5] A three-producer limit has applied since.[5][6] There was controversy over the exclusion of some PGA-credited producers of Crash and Little Miss Sunshine.[6] The Academy can make exceptions to the limit, as when Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were posthumously among the four nominated for The Reader.[8]

For the first ceremony, three films were nominated for the award. For the following three years, five films were nominated for the award. This was expanded to eight in 1933, to ten in 1934, and to twelve in 1935, before being dropped back to ten in 1937. In 1945 it was further reduced to five. This number remained until 2009, when the limit was raised to ten and later adjusted in 2011, to vary between five and ten.

For the first six ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. For example, the 2nd Academy Awards presented on April 3, 1930, recognized films that were released between August 1, 1928, and July 31, 1929. Starting with the 7th Academy Awards, held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

As of 2013, a total of 492 films have been nominated for Best Picture. To date, there have been no tied wins in this category.


1927/28[A] (1st)
FilmProduction Company(s)Producer(s)
WingsParamount, Famous Players-LaskyLucien Hubbard
The RacketCaddo, ParamountHoward Hughes
Seventh HeavenFoxWilliam Fox
1928/29 (2nd)
FilmProduction Company(s)Producer(s)
The Broadway MelodyMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer [L]Irving Thalberg & Lawrence Weingarten
AlibiFeature Productions, United ArtistsRoland West
The Hollywood Revue of 1929Metro-Goldwyn-MayerHarry Rapf
In Old ArizonaFoxWinfield Sheehan[G]
The PatriotParamountErnst Lubitsch


1929/30[B] (3rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
All Quiet on the Western FrontUniversalCarl Laemmle, Jr.
The Big HouseMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg
DisraeliWarner Bros.Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck
The DivorceeMetro-Goldwyn-MayerRobert Z. Leonard
The Love ParadeParamountErnst Lubitsch
1930/31 (4th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
CimarronRKO RadioWilliam LeBaron
East LynneFoxWinfield Sheehan[G]
The Front PageCaddo, United ArtistsHoward Hughes
SkippyParamountAdolph Zukor
Trader HornMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving G. Thalberg
1931/32 (5th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Grand HotelMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg
ArrowsmithGoldwyn, United ArtistsSamuel Goldwyn
Bad GirlFoxWinfield Sheehan[G]
The ChampMetro-Goldwyn-MayerKing Vidor
Five Star FinalFirst NationalHal B. Wallis
One Hour with YouParamountErnst Lubitsch
Shanghai ExpressParamountAdolph Zukor
The Smiling LieutenantParamountErnst Lubitsch
1932/33 (6th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Cavalcade [H]FoxWinfield Sheehan [G]
42nd StreetWarner Bros.Darryl F. Zanuck
A Farewell to Arms[H]ParamountAdolph Zukor
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain GangWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
Lady for a DayColumbiaFrank Capra
Little Women[H]RKO RadioMerian C. Cooper, Kenneth MacGowan
The Private Life of Henry VIIILondon FilmsAlexander Korda
She Done Him WrongParamountWilliam LeBaron
Smilin' ThroughMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg
State FairFoxWinfield Sheehan[G]
1934 (7th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
It Happened One Night [I]ColumbiaHarry Cohn & Frank Capra
The Barretts of Wimpole Street[I]Metro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg
CleopatraParamountCecil B. DeMille
Flirtation WalkFirst NationalJack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, Robert Lord
The Gay DivorceeRKO RadioPandro S. Berman
Here Comes the NavyWarner Bros.Lou Edelman
The House of Rothschild[I]20th Century, United ArtistsDarryl F. Zanuck, William Goetz, Raymond Griffith
Imitation of LifeUniversalJohn M. Stahl
One Night of LoveColumbiaHarry Cohn, Everett Riskin
The Thin ManMetro-Goldwyn-MayerHunt Stromberg
Viva Villa!Metro-Goldwyn-MayerDavid O. Selznick
The White ParadeFoxJesse L. Lasky
1935 (8th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Mutiny on the Bounty [J]Metro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg, Albert Lewin
Alice AdamsRKO RadioPandro S. Berman
Broadway Melody of 1936Metro-Goldwyn-MayerJohn W. Considine, Jr.
Captain Blood[J]Warner Bros., CosmopolitanHal B. Wallis, Harry Joe Brown, Gordon Hollingshead
David CopperfieldMetro-Goldwyn-MayerDavid O. Selznick
The Informer[J]RKO RadioCliff Reid
The Lives of a Bengal LancerParamountLouis D. Lighton
A Midsummer Night's DreamWarner Bros.Henry Blanke
Les Misérables20th Century, United ArtistsDarryl F. Zanuck
Naughty MariettaMetro-Goldwyn-MayerHunt Stromberg
Ruggles of Red GapParamountArthur Hornblow, Jr.
Top HatRKO RadioPandro S. Berman
1936 (9th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Great ZiegfeldMetro-Goldwyn-MayerHunt Stromberg
Anthony AdverseWarner Bros.Henry Blanke
DodsworthGoldwyn, United ArtistsSamuel Goldwyn, Merritt Hulbert
Libeled LadyMetro-Goldwyn-MayerLawrence Weingarten
Mr. Deeds Goes to TownColumbiaFrank Capra
Romeo and JulietMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg
San FranciscoMetro-Goldwyn-MayerJohn Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman
The Story of Louis PasteurWarner Bros.Henry Blanke
A Tale of Two CitiesMetro-Goldwyn-MayerDavid O. Selznick
Three Smart GirlsUniversalJoe Pasternak, Charles R. Rogers
1937 (10th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Life of Emile ZolaWarner Bros.Henry Blanke
The Awful TruthColumbiaLeo McCarey, Everett Riskin
Captains CourageousMetro-Goldwyn-MayerLouis Lighton
Dead EndGoldwyn, United ArtistsSamuel Goldwyn, Merritt Hulbert
The Good EarthMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Thalberg, Albert Lewin
In Old Chicago20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck, Kenneth MacGowan
Lost HorizonColumbiaFrank Capra
One Hundred Men and a GirlUniversalCharles R. Rogers, Joe Pasternak
Stage DoorRKO RadioPandro S. Berman
A Star Is BornSelznick International, United ArtistsDavid O. Selznick
1938 (11th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
You Can't Take It With YouColumbiaFrank Capra
The Adventures of Robin HoodWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke
Alexander's Ragtime Band20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck, Harry Joe Brown
Boys TownMetro-Goldwyn-MayerJohn W. Considine, Jr.
The CitadelMetro-Goldwyn-MayerVictor Saville
Four DaughtersWarner Bros., First NationalHal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke
Grand Illusion [K]R. A. O., World PicturesFrank Rollmer, Albert Pinkovitch
JezebelWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke
PygmalionMetro-Goldwyn-MayerGabriel Pascal
Test PilotMetro-Goldwyn-MayerLouis Lighton
1939 (12th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Gone with the WindSelznick, Metro-Goldwyn-MayerDavid O. Selznick
Dark VictoryWarner Bros.David Lewis
Goodbye, Mr. ChipsMetro-Goldwyn-MayerVictor Saville
Love AffairRKO RadioLeo McCarey
Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonColumbiaFrank Capra
NinotchkaMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSidney Franklin
Of Mice and MenRoach, United ArtistsLewis Milestone
StagecoachUnited ArtistsWalter Wanger
The Wizard of OzMetro-Goldwyn-MayerMervyn LeRoy
Wuthering HeightsGoldwyn, United ArtistsSamuel Goldwyn


1940 (13th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
RebeccaSelznick, United ArtistsDavid O. Selznick
All This, and Heaven TooWarner Bros.Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, David Lewis
Foreign CorrespondentWanger, United ArtistsWalter Wanger
The Grapes of Wrath20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson
The Great DictatorChaplin, United ArtistsCharlie Chaplin
Kitty FoyleRKO RadioDavid Hempstead
The LetterWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
The Long Voyage HomeArgosy, Wanger, United ArtistsJohn Ford
Our TownLesser, United ArtistsSol Lesser
The Philadelphia StoryMetro-Goldwyn-MayerJoseph L. Mankiewicz
1941[C] (14th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
How Green Was My Valley20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck
Blossoms in the DustMetro-Goldwyn-MayerIrving Asher
Citizen KaneRKO RadioOrson Welles
Here Comes Mr. JordanColumbiaEverett Riskin
Hold Back the DawnParamountArthur Hornblow, Jr.
The Little FoxesRKO RadioSamuel Goldwyn
The Maltese FalconWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
One Foot in HeavenWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
Sergeant YorkWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis, Jesse L. Lasky
SuspicionRKO RadioAlfred Hitchcock
1942 (15th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Mrs. MiniverMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSidney Franklin
The InvadersGFD, ColumbiaMichael Powell
Kings RowWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
The Magnificent AmbersonsMercury, RKO RadioOrson Welles
The Pied Piper20th Century FoxNunnally Johnson
The Pride of the YankeesGoldwyn, RKO RadioSamuel Goldwyn
Random HarvestMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSidney Franklin
The Talk of the TownColumbiaGeorge Stevens
Wake IslandParamountJoseph Sistrom
Yankee Doodle DandyWarner Bros.Jack Warner, Hal B. Wallis, William Cagney
1943 (16th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
CasablancaWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
For Whom the Bell TollsParamountSam Wood
Heaven Can Wait20th Century FoxErnst Lubitsch
The Human ComedyMetro-Goldwyn-MayerClarence Brown
In Which We ServeTwo Cities FilmsNoël Coward
Madame CurieMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSidney Franklin
The More the MerrierColumbiaGeorge Stevens
The Ox-Bow Incident20th Century FoxLamar Trotti
The Song of Bernadette20th Century FoxWilliam Perlberg
Watch on the RhineWarner Bros.Hal B. Wallis
1944[D] (17th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Going My WayParamountLeo McCarey
Double IndemnityParamountJoseph Sistrom
GaslightMetro-Goldwyn-MayerArthur Hornblow, Jr.
Since You Went AwaySelznick, United ArtistsDavid O. Selznick
Wilson20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck
1945 (18th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Lost WeekendParamountCharles Brackett
Anchors AweighMetro-Goldwyn-MayerJoe Pasternak
The Bells of St. Mary'sRKO RadioLeo McCarey
Mildred PierceWarner Bros.Jerry Wald
SpellboundUnited ArtistsDavid O. Selznick
1946 (19th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Best Years of Our LivesRKO RadioSamuel Goldwyn
Henry VTwo Cities FilmsLaurence Olivier
It's a Wonderful LifeRKO RadioFrank Capra
The Razor's Edge20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck
The YearlingMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSidney Franklin
1947 (20th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Gentleman's Agreement20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck
The Bishop's WifeRKO RadioSamuel Goldwyn
CrossfireRKO RadioAdrian Scott
Great ExpectationsCineguildRonald Neame
Miracle on 34th Street20th Century FoxWilliam Perlberg
1948 (21st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
HamletTwo Cities FilmsLaurence Olivier
Johnny BelindaWarner Bros.Jerry Wald
The Red ShoesIndependent Producers, The ArchersMichael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
The Snake Pit20th Century FoxAnatole Litvak, Robert Bassler
The Treasure of the Sierra MadreWarner Bros.Henry Blanke
1949 (22nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
All the King's MenRossen, ColumbiaRobert Rossen
BattlegroundMetro-Goldwyn-MayerDore Schary
The HeiressParamountWilliam Wyler
A Letter to Three Wives20th Century FoxSol C. Siegel
Twelve O'Clock High20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck


1950 (23rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
All About Eve20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck
Born YesterdayColumbiaS. Sylvan Simon
Father of the BrideMetro-Goldwyn-MayerPandro S. Berman
King Solomon's MinesMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSam Zimbalist
Sunset BoulevardParamountCharles Brackett
1951 (24th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
An American in ParisMetro-Goldwyn-MayerArthur Freed
Decision Before Dawn20th Century FoxAnatole Litvak, Frank McCarthy
A Place in the SunParamountGeorge Stevens
Quo VadisMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSam Zimbalist
A Streetcar Named DesireWarner Bros.Charles K. Feldman
1952 (25th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Greatest Show on EarthParamountCecil B. DeMille
High NoonUnited ArtistsStanley Kramer
IvanhoeMetro-Goldwyn-MayerPandro S. Berman
Moulin RougeRomulus FilmsJohn Huston, John and James Woolf
The Quiet ManRepublicJohn Ford, Merian C. Cooper
1953 (26th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
From Here to EternityColumbiaBuddy Adler
Julius CaesarMetro-Goldwyn-MayerJohn Houseman
The Robe20th Century FoxFrank Ross
Roman HolidayParamountWilliam Wyler
ShaneParamountGeorge Stevens
1954 (27th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
On the WaterfrontColumbiaSam Spiegel [N]
The Caine MutinyColumbiaStanley Kramer
The Country GirlParamountWilliam Perlberg
Seven Brides for Seven BrothersMetro-Goldwyn-MayerJack Cummings
Three Coins in the Fountain20th Century FoxSol C. Siegel
1955 (28th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
MartySteven Productions, Hecht-Lancaster ProductionsHarold Hecht
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing20th Century FoxBuddy Adler
Mister RobertsWarner Bros.Leland Hayward
PicnicColumbiaFred Kohlmar
The Rose TattooParamountHal B. Wallis
1956 (29th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Around the World in 80 DaysMichael Todd ProductionsMichael Todd
Friendly PersuasionAllied ArtistsWilliam Wyler
GiantWarner Bros.George Stevens, Henry Ginsberg
The King and I20th Century FoxCharles Brackett
The Ten CommandmentsParamountCecil B. DeMille
1957 (30th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Bridge on the River KwaiColumbia, Horizon PicturesSam Spiegel
12 Angry MenUnited ArtistsHenry Fonda, Reginald Rose
Peyton Place20th Century FoxJerry Wald
SayonaraWarner Bros.William Goetz
Witness for the ProsecutionUnited ArtistsArthur Hornblow, Jr.
1958 (31st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
GigiMetro-Goldwyn-MayerArthur Freed
Auntie MameWarner Bros.Jack L. Warner
Cat on a Hot Tin RoofMetro-Goldwyn-MayerLawrence Weingarten
The Defiant OnesKramer, United ArtistsStanley Kramer
Separate TablesUnited ArtistsHarold Hecht
1959 (32nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Ben-HurMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSam Zimbalist
Anatomy of a MurderColumbiaOtto Preminger
The Diary of Anne Frank20th Century FoxGeorge Stevens
The Nun's StoryWarner Bros.Henry Blanke
Room at the TopRemus FilmsJohn and James Woolf


1960 (33rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The ApartmentThe Mirisch CompanyBilly Wilder
The AlamoBatjac ProductionsJohn Wayne
Elmer GantryUnited ArtistsBernard Smith
Sons and Lovers20th Century FoxJerry Wald
The SundownersWarner Bros.Fred Zinnemann
1961 (34th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
West Side StoryUnited ArtistsRobert Wise
FannyWarner Bros.Joshua Logan
The Guns of NavaroneColumbiaCarl Foreman
The Hustler20th Century FoxRobert Rossen
Judgment at NurembergUnited ArtistsStanley Kramer
1962[E] (35th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Lawrence of ArabiaColumbiaSam Spiegel
The Longest Day20th Century FoxDarryl F. Zanuck
The Music ManWarner Bros.Morton DaCosta
Mutiny on the BountyMetro-Goldwyn-MayerAaron Rosenberg
To Kill a MockingbirdUniversal-InternationalAlan J. Pakula
1963 (36th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Tom JonesWoodfall FilmsTony Richardson
America, AmericaWarner Bros.Elia Kazan
Cleopatra20th Century FoxWalter Wanger
How the West Was WonMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer, CineramaBernard Smith
Lilies of the FieldUnited ArtistsRalph Nelson
1964 (37th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
My Fair LadyWarner Bros.Jack L. Warner
BecketParamountHal B. Wallis
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombColumbiaStanley Kubrick
Mary PoppinsDisneyWalt Disney, Bill Walsh
Zorba the Greek20th Century FoxMichael Cacoyannis
1965 (38th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Sound of Music20th Century FoxRobert Wise
DarlingEmbassyJoseph Janni
Doctor ZhivagoVic Films, Appia FilmsCarlo Ponti
Ship of FoolsColumbiaStanley Kramer
A Thousand ClownsUnited ArtistsFred Coe
1966 (39th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
A Man for All SeasonsHighland FilmsFred Zinnemann
AlfieParamountLewis Gilbert
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are ComingSheldrake FilmsNorman Jewison
The Sand Pebbles20th Century FoxRobert Wise
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Warner Bros.Ernest Lehman
1967 (40th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
In the Heat of the NightUnited ArtistsWalter Mirisch
Bonnie and ClydeWarner Bros., Seven ArtsWarren Beatty
Doctor Dolittle20th Century FoxArthur P. Jacobs
The GraduateEmbassyLawrence Turman
Guess Who's Coming to DinnerColumbiaStanley Kramer
1968 (41st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Oliver!Romulus Films, Warwick Film ProductionsJohn Woolf
Funny GirlColumbiaRay Stark
The Lion in WinterHaworth ProductionsMartin Poll
Rachel, RachelWarner Bros.Paul Newman
Romeo and JulietB.H.E. Productions, Verona Produzione, Dino De LaurentiisAnthony Havelock-Allan, John Brabourne
1969 (42nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Midnight CowboyUnited ArtistsJerome Hellman
Anne of the Thousand DaysUniversalHal B. Wallis
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid20th Century FoxJohn Foreman
Hello, Dolly!20th Century FoxErnest Lehman
Z[K]O.N.C.I.C., Cinema VJacques Perrin, Ahmed Rachedi


1970 (43rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Patton20th Century FoxFrank McCarthy
AirportUniversalRoss Hunter
Five Easy PiecesColumbiaBob Rafelson, Richard Wechsler
Love StoryParamountHoward G. Minsky
MASH20th Century FoxIngo Preminger
1971 (44th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The French Connection20th Century FoxPhilip D'Antoni
A Clockwork OrangeWarner Bros.Stanley Kubrick
Fiddler on the RoofUnited ArtistsNorman Jewison
The Last Picture ShowColumbiaStephen J. Friedman
Nicholas and AlexandraColumbiaSam Spiegel
1972 (45th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The GodfatherParamountAlbert S. Ruddy
CabaretAllied ArtistsCy Feuer
DeliveranceWarner Bros.John Boorman
The Emigrants[K]Svensk FilmindustriBengt Forslund
Sounder20th Century FoxRobert B. Radnitz
1973 (46th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The StingUniversalTony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips
American GraffitiLucasfilm, Universal, Coppola Co.Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Kurtz
Cries and Whispers[K]Cinematograph, Svenska FilminstitutetIngmar Bergman
The ExorcistWarner Bros.William Peter Blatty
A Touch of ClassAvco Embassy, Gordon Film ProductionsMelvin Frank
1974 (47th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Godfather Part II [O]ParamountFrancis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos
ChinatownParamountRobert Evans
The ConversationParamount, Coppola Co.Francis Ford Coppola
LennyUnited ArtistsMarvin Worth
The Towering Inferno20th Century Fox, Warner Bros.Irwin Allen
1975 (48th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestUnited ArtistsSaul Zaentz[N], Michael Douglas
Barry LyndonWarner Bros., Peregrine Productions, Hawk FilmsStanley Kubrick
Dog Day AfternoonWarner Bros.Martin Bregman, Martin Elfand
JawsUniversalRichard D. Zanuck and David Brown
NashvilleParamountRobert Altman
1976 (49th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
RockyUnited ArtistsIrwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
All the President's MenWarner Bros.Walter Coblenz
Bound for GloryUnited ArtistsRobert F. Blumofe, Harold Leventhal
NetworkMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United ArtistsHoward Gottfried
Taxi DriverColumbiaMichael Phillips, Julia Phillips
1977 (50th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Annie HallUnited ArtistsCharles H. Joffe
The Goodbye GirlMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros.Ray Stark
Julia20th Century Fox(Richard Roth)
Star WarsLucasfilm, 20th Century FoxGary Kurtz
The Turning Point20th Century FoxHerbert Ross, Arthur Laurents
1978 (51st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Deer HunterEMI Films, UniversalBarry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall
Coming HomeUnited ArtistsJerome Hellman
Heaven Can WaitParamountWarren Beatty
Midnight ExpressColumbiaAlan Marshall, David Puttnam
An Unmarried Woman20th Century Fox, Casablanca FilmworksPaul Mazursky, Tony Ray
1979 (52nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Kramer vs. KramerColumbiaStanley R. Jaffe
All That Jazz20th Century FoxRobert Alan Aurthur
Apocalypse NowZoetropeFrancis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson, Tom Sternberg
Breaking Away20th Century FoxPeter Yates
Norma Rae20th Century FoxTamara Asseyev, Alex Rose


1980 (53rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Ordinary PeopleParamountRonald L. Schwary
Coal Miner's DaughterUniversal(Bernard Schwartz)
The Elephant ManParamount, BrooksfilmsJonathan Sanger
Raging BullUnited ArtistsIrwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
TessRenn Productions, Timothy Burrill ProductionsClaude Berri, Timothy Burrill
1981 (54th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Chariots of FireEnigma Film ProductionsDavid Puttnam
Atlantic CityCine-Neighbor, Selta FilmsDenis Héroux
On Golden PondITC, Universal[(Bruce Gilbert)
Raiders of the Lost ArkLucasfilm, ParamountFrank Marshall
RedsParamountWarren Beatty
1982 (55th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
GandhiColumbiaRichard Attenborough
E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialUniversalSteven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy[M]
MissingUniversalEdward Lewis, Mildred Lewis
TootsieColumbiaSydney Pollack, Dick Richards
The Verdict20th Century FoxRichard D. Zanuck, David Brown
1983 (56th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Terms of EndearmentParamountJames L. Brooks
The Big ChillColumbiaMichael Shamberg
The DresserGoldcrest, World Film ServicesPeter Yates
The Right StuffWarner Bros., The Ladd CompanyIrwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
Tender MerciesEMI Films, UniversalPhilip S. Hobel
1984 (57th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
AmadeusOrionSaul Zaentz
The Killing FieldsEnigma Film ProductionsDavid Puttnam
A Passage to IndiaG.W. Films, Thorn EMIJohn Brabourne, Richard Goodwin
Places in the HeartTri-StarArlene Donovan
A Soldier's StoryColumbiaNorman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary, Patrick Palmer
1985 (58th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Out of AfricaUniversal, Mirage EnterprisesSydney Pollack
The Color PurpleWarner Bros.Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Quincy Jones
Kiss of the Spider WomanIsland Alive, FilmDallas Pictures, HB FilmesDavid Weisman
Prizzi's Honor20th Century Fox, ABC Motion PicturesJohn Foreman
WitnessParamountEdward S. Feldman
1986 (59th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
PlatoonHemdaleArnold Kopelson
Children of a Lesser GodParamountBurt Sugarman, Patrick J. Palmer
Hannah and Her SistersOrionRobert Greenhut
The MissionEnigma Film Productions, Goldcrest Films, KingsmereFernando Ghia, David Puttnam
A Room with a ViewMerchant IvoryIsmail Merchant
1987 (60th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Last Emperor [O]Recorded Picture Company, Yanco Films, TAO Films, AAA, SoprofilmsJeremy Thomas
Broadcast News20th Century FoxJames L. Brooks
Fatal AttractionParamountStanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing
Hope and GloryGoldcrest Films, Nelson EntertainmentJohn Boorman
MoonstruckMetro-Goldwyn-MayerPatrick J. Palmer, Norman Jewison
1988 (61st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Rain ManUnited ArtistsMark Johnson
The Accidental TouristWarner Bros.Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, Michael Grillo
Dangerous LiaisonsWarner Bros., Lorimar, N.F.H. ProductionsNorma Heyman, Hank Moonjean
Mississippi BurningOrionFrederick Zollo, Robert F. Colesberry
Working Girl20th Century FoxDouglas Wick
1989 (62nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Driving Miss DaisyWarner Bros.Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck
Born on the Fourth of JulyUniversalA. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone
Dead Poets SocietyTouchstoneSteven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas
Field of DreamsUniversalLawrence Gordon, Charles Gordon
My Left FootMiramax, Ferndale Films, Granada Television InternationalNoel Pearson


1990 (63rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Dances with WolvesTIG Productions, OrionJim Wilson and Kevin Costner
AwakeningsColumbiaWalter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker
GhostParamountLisa Weinstein
The Godfather Part IIIParamount, American ZoetropeFrancis Ford Coppola
GoodfellasWarner Bros.Irwin Winkler
1991 (64th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Silence of the LambsOrionEdward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, and Ron Bozman
Beauty and the BeastDisneyDon Hahn
BugsyTriStar, Mulholland, BaltimoreMark Johnson, Barry Levinson, and Warren Beatty
JFKWarner Bros.A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone
The Prince of TidesColumbiaBarbra Streisand and Andrew S. Karsch
1992 (65th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
UnforgivenWarner Bros., MalpasoClint Eastwood
The Crying GameMiramax, Palace PicturesStephen Woolley
A Few Good MenColumbia, Castle Rock EntertainmentDavid Brown, Rob Reiner, and Andrew Scheinman
Howards EndMerchant IvoryIsmail Merchant
Scent of a WomanUniversalMartin Brest
1993 (66th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Schindler's ListUniversal, Amblin EntertainmentSteven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, and Branko Lustig
The FugitiveWarner Bros.Arnold Kopelson
In the Name of the FatherUniversal, Hell's KitchenJim Sheridan
The PianoMiramax, Jan Chapman ProductionsJan Chapman
The Remains of the DayColumbia, Merchant IvoryMike Nichols, John Calley, and Ismail Merchant
1994 (67th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Forrest GumpParamountWendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, and Steve Starkey
Four Weddings and a FuneralPolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title FilmsDuncan Kenworthy
Pulp FictionMiramaxLawrence Bender
Quiz ShowHollywoodMichael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, and Robert Redford
The Shawshank RedemptionColumbia, Castle Rock EntertainmentNiki Marvin
1995 (68th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
BraveheartParamount, Icon, 20th Century FoxMel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr., and Bruce Davey
Apollo 13Universal, Imagine EntertainmentBrian Grazer
BabeUniversal, Kennedy Miller ProductionsBill Miller, George Miller, and Doug Mitchell
Il Postino: The Postman[K]Miramax, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Blue Dahlia, Penta FilmMario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, and Gaetano Daniele
Sense and SensibilityColumbia, MirageLindsay Doran
1996 (69th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The English PatientMiramax, Tiger Moth ProductionsSaul Zaentz
FargoPolyGramEthan Coen
Jerry MaguireGracie Films, TriStarJames L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai, and Cameron Crowe
Secrets & LiesThin Man FilmsSimon Channing-Williams
ShineMomentum FilmsJane Scott
1997 (70th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
TitanicParamount, 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm EntertainmentJames Cameron and Jon Landau
As Good as It GetsTriStarJames L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
The Full MontyRedwave FilmsUmberto Pasolini
Good Will HuntingMiramaxLawrence Bender
L.A. ConfidentialWarner Bros.Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan, and Michael G. Nathanson
1998 (71st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Shakespeare in LoveMiramax, Universal, Bedford Falls CompanyDavid Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, and Marc Norman
ElizabethPolyGram Filmed Entertainment, GramercyShekhar Kapur, Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, and Tim Bevan
Life Is Beautiful[K]Miramax, Melampo Cinematografica, Pacific PicturesElda Ferri and Gianluigi Braschi
Saving Private RyanDreamWorks, ParamountSteven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, and Gary Levinsohn
The Thin Red Line20th Century FoxRobert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, and Grant Hill
1999 (72nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
American BeautyDreamWorksBruce Cohen and Dan Jinks
The Cider House RulesMiramax, FilmColonyRichard N. Gladstein
The Green MileCastle Rock Entertainment, Warner Bros.Frank Darabont and David Valdes
The InsiderTouchstone, Forward Pass ProductionsPieter Jan Brugge and Michael Mann
The Sixth SenseHollywood, Spyglass EntertainmentFrank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Barry Mendel


2000 (73rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
GladiatorDreamWorks, UniversalDouglas Wick, David Franzoni, and Branko Lustig
ChocolatMiramaxDavid Brown, Kit Golden, and Leslie Holleran
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon[K]Sony Pictures ClassicsWilliam Kong, Hsu Li Kong, and Ang Lee
Erin BrockovichUniversal, Columbia, Jersey FilmsDanny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher
TrafficUSA Films, Bedford Falls CompanyEdward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, and Laura Bickford
2001 (74th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
A Beautiful MindDreamWorks, UniversalBrian Grazer and Ron Howard
Gosford ParkSandcastle 5 Productions, ZestwickRobert Altman, Bob Balaban, and David Levy
In the BedroomMiramaxGraham Leader, Ross Katz, and Todd Field
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingNew Line Cinema, Wingnut FilmsPeter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Barrie M. Osborne
Moulin Rouge!20th Century Fox, BazmarkMartin Brown, Baz Luhrmann, and Fred Baron
2002 (75th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
ChicagoMiramaxMartin Richards (producer)|Martin Richards]]
Gangs of New YorkMiramaxAlberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein
The HoursParamount, MiramaxScott Rudin and Robert Fox
The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersNew Line Cinema, Wingnut FilmsBarrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson
The PianistRP Productions, Heritage Films, Babelsberg Studios, RunteamRoman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, and Alain Sarde
2003 (76th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingNew Line Cinema, Wingnut FilmsBarrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh
Lost in TranslationFocus FeaturesRoss Katz and Sofia Coppola
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World20th Century Fox, Miramax, UniversalSamuel Goldwyn, Jr., Peter Weir, and Duncan Henderson
Mystic RiverWarner Bros., MalpasoRobert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt, and Clint Eastwood
SeabiscuitDreamWorks, UniversalKathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Gary Ross
2004 (77th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Million Dollar BabyWarner Bros., MalpasoClint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, and Tom Rosenberg
The AviatorWarner Bros., MiramaxMichael Mann and Graham King
Finding NeverlandMiramaxRichard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower
RayUniversal, Anvil FilmsTaylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, and Howard Baldwin
SidewaysFox SearchlightMichael London
2005 (78th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
CrashBlackFriar's Bridge, Harris Company, ApolloProScreenPaul Haggis and Cathy Schulman
Brokeback MountainFocus FeaturesDiana Ossana and James Schamus
CapoteUnited Artists, A-Line Pictures, Cooper's Town Productions, Infinity MediaCaroline Baron, William Vince, and Michael Ohoven
Good Night, and Good LuckSection Eight ProductionsGrant Heslov
MunichDreamWorks, UniversalSteven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Barry Mendel
2006 (79th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The DepartedWarner Bros., Plan B Pictures, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo EntertainmentGraham King
BabelParamount Vantage, Anonymous Content, Zeta FilmAlejandro González Iñárritu, Steve Golin, and Jon Kilik
Letters from Iwo Jima[K]Warner Bros., MalpasoClint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Lorenz
Little Miss SunshineFox SearchlightDavid T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub
The QueenGranada ProductionsAndy Harries, Christine Langan, and Tracey Seaward
2007 (80th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
No Country for Old MenMiramax, Paramount VantageScott Rudin, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen
AtonementWorking TitleTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Paul Webster
JunoFox SearchlightLianne Halfon, Mason Novick, and Russell Smith
Michael ClaytonWarner Bros.Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, and Sydney Pollack
There Will Be BloodParamount Vantage, MiramaxPaul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, and JoAnne Sellar
2008 (81st)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
Slumdog Millionaire[O]Fox Searchlight, Celador, Film4Christian Colson
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonParamount, Warner Bros.Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Cean Chaffin
Frost/NixonUniversal, Imagine, Working TitleRon Howard, Brian Grazer, and Eric Fellner
MilkFocus FeaturesBruce Cohen and Dan Jinks
The ReaderThe Weinstein Co., Mirage, Neunte Babelsberg FilmAnthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, and Redmond Morris
2009 (82nd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The Hurt LockerSummit Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, First Light Productions, Kingsgate FilmsKathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, and Greg Shapiro
Avatar20th Century Fox, Lightstorm EntertainmentJames Cameron and Jon Landau
The Blind SideWarner Bros., Alcon EntertainmentGil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove, and Broderick Johnson
District 9Wingnut Films, TriStar PicturesPeter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham
An EducationFinola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze FilmsFinola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Inglourious BasterdsThe Weinstein Co., Universal, Band Apart, Zehnte Babelsberg FilmLawrence Bender
PreciousLionsGate, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Smokewood EntertainmentLee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, and Gary Magness
A Serious ManFocus Features, Working Title Films, Mike Zoss ProductionsJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
UpDisney, PixarJonas Rivera
Up in the AirParamount, The Montecito Picture CompanyDaniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, and Jason Reitman


2010 (83rd)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The King's SpeechThe Weinstein Co., Momentum Pictures, UK Film Council, See-Saw Films, Bedlam ProductionsIain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin
127 HoursFox Searchlight, Pathé, Everest EntertainmentDanny Boyle, John Smithson, and Christian Colson
Black SwanFox Searchlight, Cross Creek Pictures, Phoenix PicturesScott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, and Brian Oliver
The FighterThe Weinstein Co., Paramount, Mandeville FilmsDavid Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Mark Wahlberg
InceptionWarner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Syncopy FilmsChristopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
The Kids Are All RightFocus Features, Gilbert FilmsGary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, and Celine Rattray
The Social NetworkColumbia, Scott Rudin Productions, Trigger StreetDana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin
Toy Story 3Disney, PixarDarla K. Anderson
True GritParamount, Skydance Productions, Mike Zoss ProductionsJoel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Scott Rudin
Winter's BoneRoadside AttractionsAlix Madigan and Anne Rosellini
2011 (84th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
The ArtistThe Weinstein Co. (US/AUS), Warner Bros. (France), Entertainment Film Distributors (UK), La Petite Reine, ARP Sélection, Studio 37, La Class Americane, France 3 Cinema, U Film, Jouror Productions, JD Prod, Wild BunchThomas Langmann
The DescendantsFox SearchlightJim Burke, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor
Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseWarner Bros., Scott Rudin ProductionsScott Rudin
The HelpDreamWorks, Touchstone, Participant Media, Imageation Abu DahbiBrunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
HugoParamount, GK FilmsGraham King and Martin Scorsese
Midnight in ParisSony Pictures ClassicsLetty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
MoneyballColumbia, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca ProductionsMichael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
The Tree of LifeFox Searchlight, River Road EntertainmentSarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, and Grant Hill
War HorseDreamWorks, Touchstone, Amblin EntertainmentSteven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
2012 (85th)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
ArgoWarner Bros., GK Films, Smokehouse PicturesGrant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney
Amour[K]Les Films du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film ProductionMargaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, and Michael Katz
Beasts of the Southern WildFox Searchlight, CinereachDan Janvey, Josh Penn, and Michael Gottwald
Django UnchainedThe Weinstein Co., Columbia, Band ApartStacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, and Pilar Savone
Les MisérablesUniversal, Working Title Films, Cameron Mackintosh LimitedTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi20th Century FoxGil Netter, Ang Lee, and David Womark
LincolnDreamWorks, Touchstone, 20th Century FoxSteven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Silver Linings PlaybookThe Weinstein Co.Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, and Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark ThirtyColumbia, Annapurna PicturesMark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Megan Ellison
2013 (86th)[25]
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
12 Years a SlaveFox Searchlight, Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency, Film4 ProductionsBrad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, and Anthony Katagas
American HustleColumbia, Atlas Entertainment, AnnapurnaCharles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon
Captain PhillipsColumbia, Michael De Luca Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Trigger StreetScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca
Dallas Buyers ClubFocus Features, Truth Entertainment,Voltage PicturesRobbie Brenner and Rachel Winter
GravityWarner Bros., Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday FilmsAlfonso Cuarón and David Heyman
HerWarner Bros., Entertainment Film Distributors, AnnapurnaMegan Ellison, Spike Jonze, and Vincent Landay
NebraskaParamount Vantage, FilmNation EntertainmentAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa
PhilomenaThe Weinstein Co., Pathé, BBC Films, British Film Institute, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow Productions, Magnolia Mae FilmsGabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, and Tracey Seaward
The Wolf of Wall StreetParamount, Universal, Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way Productions, Sikelia Productions, Emjag ProductionsMartin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff


A : The official name of the award from 1927/28 to 1928/29 was Outstanding Picture.
B : The official name of the award from 1929/30 to 1940 was Outstanding Production.
C : The official name of the award from 1941 to 1943 was Outstanding Motion Picture.
D : The official name of the award from 1944 to 1961 was Best Motion Picture.
E : The official name of the award since 1962 has been Best Picture.
F : There were two categories that were seen as equally the top award at the time: "Outstanding Picture" and Unique and Artistic Production where the winner for the latter was Sunrise (production company: Fox; producer: William Fox). This category was dropped immediately after the first year of the Academy Award and the former category was retroactively seen as the top award.[26]
G1 2 3 4 5 : Head of studio
H1 2 3 : The Academy also announced that A Farewell to Arms came in second, and Little Women third.
I1 2 3 : The Academy also announced that The Barretts of Wimpole Street came in second, and The House of Rothschild third.
J1 2 3 : The Academy also announced that The Informer came in second, and Captain Blood third.
K1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : Nominated motion picture with non-English dialogue track (AMPAS: foreign language film).[27] Four of which – Z; Life is Beautiful; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and Amour – won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[28]
L : Production company with the most nominations (38) and the most awards (5). Applying only from 1927/1928 to 1950.[29]
M : Person with the most nominations (8 nominations, 0 awards). Applying only from 1951 to 2012.[29]
N : Person with the most awards (3 awards, Spiegel 4 nominations, Zaentz 3 nominations). Applying only from 1951 to 2008.[29]
O1 2 3 : Winner with partly non-English dialogue track (AMPAS: foreign language).[14]

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  2. ^ a b c "Academy Awards Database - Best Picture Winners and Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Why SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS is Essential". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Who gets the Oscar?". Sydney Morning Herald. Associated Press. February 4, 2005. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Academy restricts Oscar winners". BBC. June 26, 2001. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c McNary, Dave (January 21, 2008). "PGA avoids credit limit". Variety. 
  7. ^ a b c "Rule Sixteen: Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award". Rules for the 86th Academy Awards. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  8. ^ a b Yamato, Jen (January 27, 2009). "Academy Makes Exceptions for Pollack, Minghella Does this mean more Oscar sympathy for surprise nominee The Reader?". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best Director Facts - Trivia (Part 2)". Filmsite. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  10. ^ a b Joyce Eng (24 June 2009). "Oscar Expands Best Picture Race to 10 Nominees". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  11. ^ Poll: Vote on the Oscars Like an Academy Member, Rob Richie, Huffington Post, 16 February 2011
  12. ^ Steve Pond (2011-06-22). "New Best Picture Rules Could Discard Large Number of Oscar Ballots (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ Nikki Finke (2011-06-14). "OSCAR SHOCKER! Academy Builds Surprise & Secrecy Into Best Picture Race: Now There Can Be Anywhere From 5 To 10 Nominees". Deadline Hollywood. MMC. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c "Best Pictures - Facts & Trivia (part 2)". Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  15. ^ a b c "Best Pictures - Genre Biases". Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  16. ^ "Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee: poll". Yahoo. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee: poll". Chicago Tribune. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Poll: Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee". Toronto Sun. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Oscar-Nominated Movies Not Popular Among General Public, Says Poll". Huffington Post. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "First Remake to win Best Picture". Guinness Book of World Records. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  21. ^ "The Broadway Melody". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved July 7, 2014. "The Technicolor footage for this sequence has since been lost, and only a black-and-white version is now available." 
  22. ^ "Oscar's Most Wanted". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  23. ^ "The Racket - Progressive Silent Film List". Silent Era. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  24. ^ "East Lynne Trivia". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  25. ^ "12 Years a Slave’ Claims Best Picture Oscar". March 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Best Pictures - Facts & Trivia (part 1)". Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  27. ^ "Oscar Trivia". Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  28. ^ Variety Staff (2007-03-01). "Best Foreign Film". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  29. ^ a b c "Academy Awards Statistics". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 

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