Some winners, like “Forrest Gump” (1994), are considered classics, while others, like “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), are trailblazers in their genres.
“Titanic” (1997) and “All About Eve” (1950) top the list as the most-nominated movies to win best picture, with 14 nominations each. “La La Land” (2016) also boasts 14 nominations but did not win best picture, even if Warren Beatty’s famous faux pas had millions of ceremony viewers briefly believing it had.
“Titanic” is also one of three movies to win a record 11 awards, joined by “Ben-Hur” (1959) and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” Yet the latter takes the cake for being the most-nominated movie to win in every single nominated category.
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“Gone with the Wind” (1939) was the pioneer for color films, while “Midnight Cowboy” (1969) is the only X-rated film to ever win best picture.
Few sequels are nominated for best picture and only two have won: “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”
When “Parasite” won best picture in 2020, it became the first foreign-language film to take home the Academy’s highest honor. This is only the second time a foreign-language film has made the nominees list: “Grand Illusion” (1938), in French, was the first.
Only one best picture winner, “The Hurt Locker” (2009), was directed by a woman, Kathryn Bigelow. A 2021 win for “Nomadland” (Chloé Zhao) or “Promising Young Woman” (Emerald Fennell) could up that number to two. Female-directed movies have only made that nominee list 14 times.
As movie buffs know, winning several awards in other categories does not guarantee best picture success. “Cabaret” (1972) won in eight categories but lost to “The Godfather” for the top prize.
And even though Steven Spielberg is the most-nominated best picture film producer, with 10 nominations, he’s only taken home one golden statuette in that category for “Schindler’s List” (1993).
Here are the best picture winners listed in reverse chronolectal order. The accompanying year indicates when the film was released, not when it won its Oscar:
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