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Best Picture Oscar – How Many Have You Seen?

Today the annual Academy Awards or ‘Oscars’ were handed out in Hollywood.  It’s a big deal if you are involved in the movie industry and there are always a smattering of Aussies nominated and in the past there have been a few winners too.

This gold statue is one of the most coveted awards in the movie industry.
This gold statue is one of the most coveted awards in the movie industry.          {IMAGE CREDIT}

The awards started back in 1927 and at that time spanned 2 years of picture making.  This year marks the 87th year of the Awards.  I must admit I have never been a big movie goer.  I have never been able to justify taking so much time out of a busy life to sit and watch movies.  But one thing I would like to be able to say in the future is that I have seen every movie that won a Best Picture Oscar.  There are 87 of them  and I have seen a very dismal total of 9 of those 87 and none of them in the last 15 years.  A very sad effort indeed.

I must say though that I have seen Gone With The Wind at least half a dozen times and anyone who hasn’t seen The Sound of Music at least 20 times – where have you been hiding?

So, what’s your score?

1.    2014 – “Birdman

2.    2013  – “12 Years A Slave”

3.    2012 – “Argo” 

4.    2011 – “The Artist”

5.    2010 – “The King’s Speech”

6.    2009 – “The Hurt Locker”

7.    2008 – “Slumdog Millionaire”

8.    2007 – “No Country for Old Men”

9.    2006 – “The Departed”

10.  2005 – “Crash”

11.  2004 – “Million Dollar Baby”

12.  2003 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

13.  2002 – “Chicago”

14.  2001 – “A Beautiful Mind”

15.  2000 – “Gladiator”

In this image released by Paramount Home Entertainment, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are shown in a scene from, "Titanic." (AP Photo/Paramount P...

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“Titanic” won the Best Picture Oscar for 1997.

16.   1999 – “American Beauty”

17.   1998 – “Shakespeare in Love”

18.   1997 – “Titanic”

19.  1996 – “The English Patient”

20.  1995 – “Braveheart”

21.  1994 – “Forrest Gump”

22.  1993 – “Schindler’s List”

23.  1992 – “Unforgiven”

24.  1991 – “The Silence of the Lambs”

25.  1990 – “Dances With Wolves”

26.  1989 – “Driving Miss Daisy”

27.  1988 – “Rain Man”

28.  1987 – “The Last Emperor”

29.  1986 – “Platoon”

30.  1985 – “Out of Africa”

31.  1984 – “Amadeus”

32.  1983 – “Terms of Endearment”

33.  1982 – “Gandhi”

34.  1981 – “Chariots of Fire”

35.  1980 – “Ordinary People”

THE GODFATHER, from left: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, 1972

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“The Godfather” dominated in the early 1970s.

36.  1979 – “Kramer vs. Kramer”

37.  1978 – “The Deer Hunter”

38.  1977 – “Annie Hall”

39.  1976 – “Rocky”

40.  1975 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

41.  1974 – “The Godfather Part II”

42.  1973 – “The Sting”

43.  1972 – “The Godfather”

44.  1971 – “The French Connection”

45.  1970 – “Patton”

46.  1969 – “Midnight Cowboy”

47.  1968 – “Oliver!”

48.  1967 – “In the Heat of the Night”

49.  1966 – “A Man for All Seasons”

50.  1965 – “The Sound of Music”

51.  1964 – “My Fair Lady”

52.  1963 – “Tom Jones”

53.  1962 – “Lawrence of Arabia”

54.  1961 – “West Side Story”

55.  1960 – “The Apartment”

1959:  American actor Charlton Heston competes in a chariot race in a still from the film, 'Ben Hur,' directed by William Wyler.  (Photo by MGM Studio...

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“Ben-Hur” won Best Picture for 1959.

56.  1959 – “Ben-Hur”

57.  1958 – “Gigi”

58.  1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

59.  1956 – “Around the World in 80 Days”

60.  1955 – “Marty”

61.  1954 – “On the Waterfront”

62.  1953 – “From Here to Eternity”

63.  1952 – “The Greatest Show on Earth”

64.  1951 – “An American in Paris”

65.  1950 – “All About Eve”

66.  1949 – “All the Kings Men”

67.  1948 – “Hamlet”

68.  1947 – “Gentleman’s Agreement”

69.  1946 – “The Best Years of Our Lives”

70.  1945 – “The Lost Weekend”

71.  1944 – “Going My Way”

72.  1943 – “Casablanca”

73.  1942 – “Mrs. Miniver”

74.  1941 – “How Green Was My Valley”

75.  1940 – “Rebecca”

GONE WITH THE WIND, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, 1939

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“Gone with the Wind” won Best Picture for 1939.

76.  1939 – “Gone with the Wind”

77.  1938 – “You Can’t Take It with You”

78.  1937 – “The Life of Emile Zola”

79.  1936 – “The Great Ziegfeld”

80.  1935 – “Mutiny on the Bounty”

81.  1934 – “It Happened One Night”

82.  1932/1933 – “Cavalcade”

83.  1931/1932 – “Grand Hotel”

84.  1930/1931 – “Cimarron”

85.  1929/1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”

86.  1928/1929 – “The Broadway Melody”

87.  1927/1928 – “Wings”

 

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