Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures
The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starred in, produced, wrote or even designed the costumes for the best movie of the year deserves a pat on the back. For about eighty years there has been one movie named to that honor.
Here are the top 20 movies that won an Academy Award for Best Picture:
The Departed (2006) - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The film also won Martin Scorsese his first but well deserved Directing Oscar.
Forrest Gump (1994) - Starring Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump
Titanic (1997) - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, this movie raked in the most money of all time at the USA box office (www.imdb.com).
Crash (2005) - Starring Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Sandra Bullock
American Beauty (1999) - Starring Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari and Annette Bening
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) - Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
Rain Man (1988) - Starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Starring Jack Nicholson
Braveheart (1995) - Starring Mel Gibson
Chicago (2002) - Starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellweger
Annie Hall (1977) - Starring Diane Keaton and Woody Allen
The Godfather (1972) - Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino
Dances With Wolves (1990) - Starring Kevin Costner
Schindler's List (1993) - Starring Liam Neeson
Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman
Gladiator (2000) - Starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix
Terms of Endearment (1983) - Starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger
Casablanca (1943) - Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
Gone With The Wind (1939) - Starring Vivien Leigh and Thomas Mitchell
West Side Story (1961) - Starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer
This year, the Oscars will be held in February and although the nominees haven't been released yet, the Golden Globes and Film Independent's Spirit Awards usually give us clues as to what movie will get a nod. The favorites this year are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, Burn After Reading, Happy-Go-Lucky, In Bruges, Mamma Mia!, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Ballast, Frozen River, Rachel Getting Married, Wendy and Lucy, and The Wrestler.
Tune in to the 81st annual Academy Awards on February 22, 2009 to see which movie will take the top honor.
Story by Erin Demchak
Starpulse contributing writer
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