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Academy Award Winners

Having read The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History (Piazza and Kinn 2008), I wondered how many Best Picture winners I had reviewed – as it turned out, not many (yet). Below is a list of all of the Best Picture winners with links to reviews on this site. I’ll also indicate my choice for best picture based only on the films I have reviewed for each year, regardless of whether they were nominated. As such, this list will be continuous work in progress as I watch and review films for each year.

1927-28 Wings (Best Production) and Sunrise (Unique and Artistic Picture) – Agree with Academy

1928-29 The Broadway Melody (Best Production) – My choice: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

1929-30 All Quiet on the Western Front – Agree with Academy

1930-31 Cimarron – My Choice: M (1931)

1931-32 Grand Hotel – My Choice: Vampyr (1932)

1932-33 Cavalcade – My Choice: King Kong (1933)

1934 It Happened One Night – Agree with Academy

1935 Mutiny on the Bounty – Agree with Academy

1936 The Great Ziegfeld – My Choice: Modern Times

1937 The Life of Emile Zola – My Choice: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1938 You Can’t Take It With You – My Choice: Jezebel

1939 Gone With The Wind – Agree with Academy

1940 Rebecca – My Choice: The Philadelphia Story

1941 How Green Was My Valley – My Choice: Citizen Kane

1942 Mrs. Miniver – My Choice: The Magnificent Ambersons

1943 Casablanca – Agree with Academy

1944 Going My Way – Double Indemnity

1945 The Lost Weekend – My Choice: Rome, Open City

1946 The Best Years of Our Lives – My Choice: It’s a Wonderful Life

1947 Gentleman’s Agreement – My Choice: Black Narcissus

1948 Hamlet – My Choice: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1949 All the King’s Men – My Choice: The Third Man

1950 All About Eve – My Choice: Rashomon

1951 An American In Paris – My Choice: The African Queen

1952 The Greatest Show on Earth – My Choice: Ikiru

1953 From Here to Eternity – My Choice: Roman Holiday

1954 On The Waterfront – My Choice: Seven Samurai

1955 Marty – My Choice: Pather Pachali

1956 Around the World in 80 Days – My Choice: Aparajito

1957 The Bridge On The River Kwai – My Choice: 12 Angry Men

1958 Gigi – My Choice: Vertigo

1959 Ben-Hur – My Choice: Apur Sansar

1960 The Apartment – My Choice: Psycho

1961 West Side Story – My Choice: Yojimbo

1962 Lawrence of Arabia – My Choice: To Kill a Mockingbird

1963 Tom Jones – My Choice: 

1964 My Fair Lady – My Choice: Dr. Strangelove

1965 The Sound of Music – My Choice: Red Beard

1966 A Man for All Seasons – My Choice: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

1967 In the Heat of the Night – My Choice: Bonnie & Clyde

1968 Oliver! – My Choice: Planet of the Apes

1969 Midnight Cowboy – My Choice: Agree with the Academy

1970 Patton – Agree with Academy

1971 The French Connection – My Choice: McCabe and Mrs. Miller

1972 The Godfather – My Choice: Aguirre, the Wrath of God

1973 The Sting – My Choice: My Choice: Papillon

1974 The Godfather Part II: My Choice: Chinatown

1975 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Agree with the Academy

1976 Rocky – My Choice: Taxi Driver

1977 Annie Hall – My Choice: Stroszek

1978 The Deer Hunter – Agree with Academy

1979 Kramer vs. Kramer – My Choice: Apocalypse Now

1980 Ordinary People – My Choice: Raging Bull

1981 Chariots of Fire – Agree with the Academy

1982 Gandhi – My Choice: Agree with Academy

1983 Terms of EndearmentMy Choice: The King of Comedy

1984 Amadeus – My Choice: Agree with Academy

1985 Out of Africa – My Choice: Brazil

1986 Platoon – My Choice: The Mission

1987 The Last Emperor – My Choice: The Princess Bride

1988 Rain Man – My Choice: Dangerous Liaisons

1989 Driving Miss Daisy – My Choice: For All Mankind

1990 Dances with Wolves – My Choice: Edward Scissorhands

1991 The Silence of the Lambs – My Choice:  Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1992 Unforgiven – My Choice: Strictly Ballroom

1993 Schindler’s List – Agree with Academy

1994 Forrest Gump – My Choice: Ed Wood

1995 Braveheart – My Choice: Babe

1996 The English Patient – My Choice: Fargo

1997 Titanic – My Choice: Boogie Nights

1998 Shakespeare in Love – My Choice: The Thin Red Line

1999 American Beauty – My Choice: The Matrix 

2000 Gladiator – My Choice: Shadow of a Vampire

2001 A Beautiful Mind – My Choice: Moulin Rouge!

2002 Chicago – My Choice: Adaptation

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Agree with the Academy

2004 Million Dollar Baby – My Choice: Kung Fu Hustle 

2005 Crash – My Choice: The Proposition

2006 The Departed – My Choice:  Apocalypto

2007 No Country for Old Men – My Choice: There Will Be Blood

2008 Slumdog Millionaire – My Choice: Agree with Academy

2009 The Hurt Locker – My Choice: Fish Story

2010 The King’s Speech – My Choice: True Grit

2011 The Artist – Agree with Academy

2012 Argo – Agree with Academy

2013 12 Years a Slave – My Choice: Dallas Buyers Club

2014 Birdman – Agree with Academy

2015 Spotlight – My Choice: The Martian

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