15 Outstanding Films That Won The Best Film Oscar, Awarded annually since 1929 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, the Oscar for Best Picture is THE absolute cinematographic consecration. Let’s go back to 30 cult films that received the famous golden statuette!
Director: Tom McCarthy
Main cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian of Arcy James and Stanley Tucci
Inspired by real events , Spotlight takes its name from the title of a Boston Globe article in which a scandal involving pedophile priests covered by the Catholic Church in the Boston area was unveiled. The team of journalists who broke the story had also received a Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
Spotlight is to date the 88 th and final film to receive an Oscar for best film. The next will be announced Sunday at the 89 th Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Main actors: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton
The director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who received two years in a row the Oscar for best director in 2015 ( Birdman ) and 2016 ( The Returning ), achieved a cinematographic prowess thanks to editing special effects that give the impression that this film is only one sequence shot.
2014: TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE
Director: Steve McQueen
Lead actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o
Solomon Northup, a free black young man from New York State, is kidnapped and sold as a slave. His ordeal will last twelve years.
This British-American historical drama is the film adaptation of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years of Slavery autobiography, published in 1853. This is the first feature film in which Lupita Nyong’o was seen, who in the same year won the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role.
2012: THE ARTIST
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Main cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell and John Goodman
George Valentin is a Hollywood star in silent film, but the arrival of talking films in 1927 will make him fall into oblivion.
The Artist is the first French and non-English film to win the Oscar. The same year, Jean Dujardin became the first French comedian to receive the Oscar for Best Actor. This film is also the first silent feature film to be awarded in this category since Les Ailes , which won the Oscar at the very first ceremony in 1929.
2011: THE KING’S SPEECH
Director: Tom Hooper
Main cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
King George VI, stammerer, is unable to speak in public. Yet he will have to overcome his stuttering with the help of a language therapist in order to deliver one of the most important speeches in history: the UK radio entry speech in the war against Germany at the time of the Second World War.
This British film is one of 12 foreign films that have won the Oscar for best film since the creation of this celebration of cinema. The other 11 being Hamlet , The Kwai River Bridge , Lawrence of Arabia , Tom Jones , A Man for Eternity, Oliver! , The Chariots of Fire , Gandhi , The Last Emperor , Slumdog Millionaire , and The Artist .
2009: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Director: Danny Boyle
Main cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Ayush Mahesh, Khedekar, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali
Jamal Malik, 18, orphan living in the slums of Mumbai, participates in the Indian version of the show Who wants to make millions . He manages to answer difficult questions thanks to the many adventures he has had in the past.
This British film is one of the first films to win all the awards of American film guilds.
2005: MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Director: Clint Eastwood
Main cast: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman
A young woman wants to become a professional boxer. A lonely coach will become his coach.
2004: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
Director: Peter Jackson
Main cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen and Andy Serkis
Before this American-New Zealand film won the award, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring , in 2002, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Tower , in 2003, were nominated in this category without success.
Director: Rob Marshall
Lead Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly
Chicago is the latest musical to be awarded the Academy Awards. La La Land may be next this weekend!
Director: Ridley Scott
Main cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou and Oliver Reed
This American-British film has revived epic genres and film peplums. Troy (Wolfgang Petersen, 2004), Alexander (Oliver Stone, 2005), or 300 (Zack Snyder, 2007) will succeed him with such success.
2000: AMERICAN BEAUTY
Director: Sam Mendes
Lead Actors: Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening
Lester, a family man in mid-life, falls in love with his daughter’s best friend, Angela, while his wife cheats on him with a real estate agent. Kirsten Dunst, then 15, had refused the role of Angela not wanting to appear in a sexual scene. It is rather Annette Bening who interpreted the girl.
Fun fact: Just before the 72nd ceremony, all the statuettes were all stolen a few days before the event and found … in a dumpster!
1999: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Director: John Madden
Main cast: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Ben Affleck, Tom Wilkinson and Colin Firth
Beyond the simple adaptation of the famous play Romeo and Juliet , this Franco-British film staged playwright William Shakespeare himself.
A young woman of the nobility, Lady Viola, dreams of becoming an actress, but the theater is at that time a profession reserved for men. She decides to disguise herself as a man and gets the role of Romeo. Shakespeare quickly discovers the true identity of his actor and falls in love. But the young woman is already promised to another man …
Director: James Cameron
Main cast: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
In our opinion, it’s clear … There was enough room for Jack on this board!
Joking aside, Titanic is the movie that will make a generation cry, partly because of the title song My Heart Will Go On, played by Celine Dion. The film even returned to cinemas in 2012 for a 3D adaptation on the occasion of the centenary of the sinking of the famous liner.
Titanic was the greatest success in the history of cinema, until Avatar , the same director, dethrone. The film holds the record of 14 Oscar nominations, tied with La La Land this year.
1995: FOREST GUMP
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Lead Actors: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field
” Forest Class, Course!”
Forest Gump, an autistic man with a mental disability, unintentionally becomes the central actor of the main events of the years 1940 until the late 20 th century.
1994: SCHINDLER’S LIST
Director: Steven Spielberg
Main cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall and Embeth Davidtz
Inspired by real events, this film tells the story of Oskar Schindler, an industrialist of Austrian origin who managed to save around 1 200 Jews during the Second World War by having them work in his Krakow factory.
Interesting fact: Steven Spielberg holds the record of 9 Oscar nominations in the Best Director category.