Academy Award for Best Picture

Academy Award for Best Picture
Awarded for Best Picture of the Year
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded 1929 (for films released during the 1927/1928 film season)
Currently held by Spotlight (2015)
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The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards presented annually since the awards debuted in 1929, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to producers working in the film industry and is the only category in which every member is eligible to submit a nomination. The actors or actresses in the film will not accept this award unless he or she produced the film.

Best Picture is considered the premier award of the Academy Awards, as it represents all the directing, acting, music composing, writing, editing, and other efforts put forth into a film production and receives much media attention. Since 1973, Best Picture is the final award at every Academy Awards ceremony.

The Grand Staircase columns at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards ceremonies have been held since 2002, showcase every film that has won the Best Picture title since the award's inception.[1] As of 2016, there have been 528 films nominated for Best Picture.[2]

The current "Best Picture" winner—Spotlight


Category name changes

At the 1st Academy Awards ceremony (for 1927 and 1928), there were two categories of awards that were each considered the top award of the night: Outstanding Picture and Unique and Artistic Picture, the previous being won by the war epic Wings, and the latter by the art film Sunrise. Each award was intended to honor different and equally important aspects of superior filmmaking.

The following year, the Academy dropped the Unique and Artistic Picture award, and decided retroactively that the award won by Wings was the highest honor that could be awarded.[3] Though the award kept the title Outstanding Picture for the next ceremony, the name underwent several changes over the years as seen below. Since 1962 it has been called the Best Picture award.[2]


Until 1950, this award was presented to a representative of the production company. That year the protocol was changed so that the award was presented to all credited producers. This rule was modified in 1998 to apply a limit of three producers' receiving the award, after the five producers of Shakespeare in Love had received the award.[4][5][6]

As of 2014, the "Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award" limit recipients to those who meet two main requirements:[7]

The rules permit "bona fide team[s] of not more than two people to be considered to be a single 'producer' if the two individuals have had an established producing partnership for at least the previous five years and as a producing team have produced a minimum of five theatrically released feature motion pictures during that time.[7]

The Academy can make exceptions to the limit, as when the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were posthumously included among the four producers nominated for The Reader.[8] As of 2014 the Producers Branch Executive Committee determines such exceptions, noting they take place only in "rare and extraordinary circumstance[s]."[7]

Best Picture and Best Director

The Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director have been closely linked throughout their history. Of the 88 films that have been awarded Best Picture, 62 have also been awarded Best Director. Only four films have won Best Picture without their directors being nominated: Wings (1927/28), Grand Hotel (1931/32), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and Argo (2012). The only two Best Director winners to win for films that did not receive a Best Picture nomination were during the early years of the awards: Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights (1927/28), and Frank Lloyd for The Divine Lady (1928/29).[9]

Nomination limit increased

On June 24, 2009, AMPAS announced that the number of films to be nominated in the Best Picture award category would increase from five to ten, starting with the 82nd Academy Awards (2009).[10] The expansion was a throwback to the Academy's early years in the 1930s and 1940s, when eight to twelve films were nominated each year. "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize," AMPAS President Sid Ganis said in a press conference. "I can't wait to see what that list of 10 looks like when the nominees are announced in February."[10]

At the same time, the voting system was switched from first-past-the-post to instant runoff voting (also known as preferential voting).[11] Two years after this change, the Academy revised the rule again so that the number of films nominated was between 5 and 10; nominated films must earn either 5% of first-place rankings or 5% after an abbreviated variation of the single transferable vote nominating process.[12] Bruce Davis, the Academy executive director at the time, said, "A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn't feel an obligation to round out the number."[13]


The award is not without controversy. One point of contention is the lack of consideration of non-English language films for Best Picture. To date, only nine foreign language films have been nominated in the category: Grand Illusion (French, 1938); Z (French, 1969); The Emigrants (Swedish, 1972); Cries and Whispers (Swedish, 1973); Il Postino: The Postman (Italian/Spanish, 1995); Life Is Beautiful (Italian, 1998); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Mandarin Chinese, 2000); Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese, 2006, but ineligible for Best Foreign Language Film, as it was an American production); and Amour (French, 2012).[14] Similarly, the award rarely goes to films produced by non-U.S. studios; only 14 films partly or wholly financed outside the United States have won Best Picture, 13 of which were financed, in part or in whole, by the United Kingdom. Those films were, in chronological order: Hamlet (1948), The Bridge on the River Kwai, (1957), Lawrence of Arabia, (1962), Tom Jones (1963), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Oliver!, (1968), Chariots of Fire, (1981), Gandhi, (1982) The Last Emperor, (1987) The English Patient, (1996), Shakespeare in Love, (1998), Slumdog Millionaire, (2008) and The King's Speech (2010). The fourteenth film, The Artist, (2011) was financed in France.[15]

Other points of contention include genres of film that have received few or no nominations or awards. Only three animated films have been nominated (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, (1991) and Disney-Pixar's Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) were nominated after the Academy expanded the number of nominees) and none have won. No science fiction film or superhero film has won (none of the latter has been nominated); only one fantasy film has won (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003). No light comedies have won since the 1970s. No documentary (eligible in a separate category) has been nominated for Best Picture.[15] This excludes Chang, which was nominated in the 'Unique and Artistic Production' category in the 1927/28 awards. Also, the superhero movie genre has yet to receive a nomination, despite containing some of the most highly acclaimed films in history, most notably The Dark Knight, whose rejection caused significant controversy and was potentially responsible for the Academy changing the maximum amount of nominees per year from five to ten.

Like the Academy Awards in general, the 'Best Picture' awardees have been criticized for disproportionately recognizing films about white men over those of women and/or people of color.[16] Of the films that have won Best Picture, only All About Eve, 1950; The Sound of Music, 1965; Terms of Endearment, 1983; Chicago, 2002; and Million Dollar Baby, 2004 have featured women exclusively in leading roles. Only five: In the Heat of the Night, 1967; Gandhi, 1982; The Last Emperor, 1987; Slumdog Millionaire, 2008; and 12 Years a Slave, 2013; have featured people of color exclusively in leading roles. No film featuring women of color exclusively in leading roles has won; only three: The Color Purple, 1985; Precious, 2009; and Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012; have been nominated.

Sequel nominations and winners

Few sequels have been nominated for Best Picture; two have won: The Godfather Part II and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Other nominees include The Bells of St. Mary's, The Godfather Part III, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Toy Story 3, and Mad Max: Fury Road.[14]

Another nominee, Broadway Melody of 1936, was a follow-up of sorts to previous winner The Broadway Melody. But, beyond the title and some music, there is no story connection to the earlier film. The Silence of the Lambs was adapted from the sequel novel to Red Dragon. The latter had been adapted for film as Manhunter by a different studio. Best Picture nominee The Lion in Winter features Peter O'Toole as King Henry II, a role he had played previously in the film Becket. But Winter is not a sequel to Becket. Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima was a companion piece to his film Flags of Our Fathers, released earlier the same year. These two films depict the same battle from the different viewpoints of Japanese and United States military forces; the two films were shot back-to-back.

Notably, the only remake to win this category is The Departed. Mutiny on the Bounty and Ben-Hur were inspired and influenced by previous films of the same name; but they were considered to be distinctly different adaptations of the original novels. [17] Best Picture winner My Fair Lady was a musical version of George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion. It had previously been adapted for film as Pygmalion, which was nominated for Best Picture in 1938.

Silent film winners

The Artist (with the exception of a single scene of dialogue, and dream sequence with sound effects) was the first silent film since Wings to win Best Picture. It was the first silent nominee since The Patriot. It was the first Best Picture winner to be shot entirely in black-and-white since 1960's The Apartment. (Note: Schindler's List, the 1993 winner, was predominantly black-and-white but it did contain some color sequences).[15]

Version availability

No Best Picture winner has been lost, though a few such as All Quiet on the Western Front and Lawrence of Arabia exist only in a form altered from their original, award-winning release form. This has usually been due to editing for reissue (and subsequently partly restored by archivists). Other winners and nominees, such as Tom Jones and Star Wars, are widely available only in subsequently altered versions. The Broadway Melody originally had some sequences photographed in two-color Technicolor. This footage survives only in black and white.[18]

The 1928 film The Patriot is the only Best Picture nominee that is lost.[19] The Racket, also from 1928, was believed lost for many years until a print was found in Howard Hughes' archives. It has since been restored and shown on Turner Classic Movies.[20] The only surviving complete prints of 1931's East Lynne and 1934's The White Parade exist within the UCLA film archive.[21]

Winners and nominees

In the list below, winners are listed first in the colored row, followed by the other nominees.[2] Except for the early years (when the Academy used a non-calendar year), the year shown is the one in which the film first premiered in Los Angeles County, California; normally this is also the year of first release, however, it may be the year after first release (as with Casablanca and, if the film-festival premiere is considered, Crash). This is also the year before the ceremony at which the award is given; for example, a film exhibited theatrically during 2005 was eligible for consideration for the 2005 Best Picture Oscar, awarded in 2006. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article on that ceremony. Each individual entry shows the title followed by the production company, and the producer.

Until 1950, the Best Picture award was given to the production company; from 1951 on, it has gone to the producer or producers. The Academy used the producer credits of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) until 1998, when all five producers of Shakespeare in Love made speeches after its win.[4][5] A three-producer limit has been applied some years since.[5][6] There was controversy over the exclusion of some PGA-credited producers of Crash and Little Miss Sunshine.[6] The Academy can make exceptions to the limit, as when Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were posthumously among the four nominated for The Reader.[8] However, now any producer on a film is nominated for Best Picture, so the limit of producer nominees is completely dropped.

For the first ceremony, three films were nominated for the award. For the following three years, five films were nominated for the award. This was expanded to eight in 1933, to ten in 1934, and to twelve in 1935, before being dropped back to ten in 1937. In 1945 it was further reduced to five. This number remained until 2009, when the limit was raised to ten and later adjusted in 2011, to vary between five and ten.

For the first six ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. For example, the 2nd Academy Awards presented on April 3, 1930, recognized films that were released between August 1, 1928, and July 31, 1929. Starting with the 7th Academy Awards, held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

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1927/28 [A] (1st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Wings Paramount, Famous Players-Lasky Lucien Hubbard
The Racket Paramount, Caddo Howard Hughes
7th Heaven Fox William Fox
1928/29 (2nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Broadway Melody Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [L] Irving Thalberg and Lawrence Weingarten
Alibi United Artists, Feature Productions Roland West
Hollywood Revue Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Harry Rapf
In Old Arizona Fox Winfield Sheehan [G]
The Patriot Paramount Ernst Lubitsch


1929/30 [B] (3rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
All Quiet on the Western Front Universal Carl Laemmle Jr.
The Big House Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg
Disraeli Warner Bros. Jack L. Warner and Darryl F. Zanuck
The Divorcee Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Robert Z. Leonard
The Love Parade Paramount Ernst Lubitsch
1930/31 (4th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Cimarron RKO Radio William LeBaron
East Lynne Fox Winfield Sheehan [G]
The Front Page United Artists, Caddo Howard Hughes
Skippy Paramount Adolph Zukor
Trader Horn Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg
1931/32 (5th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Grand Hotel Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg
Arrowsmith Goldwyn, United Artists Samuel Goldwyn
Bad Girl Fox Winfield Sheehan [G]
The Champ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer King Vidor
Five Star Final Warner Bros., First National Hal B. Wallis
One Hour with You Paramount Ernst Lubitsch
Shanghai Express Paramount Adolph Zukor
The Smiling Lieutenant Paramount Ernst Lubitsch
1932/33 (6th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Cavalcade [H] Fox Winfield Sheehan [G]
42nd Street Warner Bros. Darryl F. Zanuck
A Farewell to Arms [H] Paramount Adolph Zukor
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
Lady for a Day Columbia Frank Capra
Little Women [H] RKO Radio Merian C. Cooper and Kenneth Macgowan
The Private Life of Henry VIII London Films Alexander Korda
She Done Him Wrong Paramount William LeBaron
Smilin' Through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg
State Fair Fox Winfield Sheehan [G]
1934 (7th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
It Happened One Night [I] Columbia Harry Cohn and Frank Capra
The Barretts of Wimpole Street [I] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg
Cleopatra Paramount Cecil B. DeMille
Flirtation Walk First National Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and Robert Lord
The Gay Divorcee RKO Radio Pandro S. Berman
Here Comes the Navy Warner Bros. Lou Edelman
The House of Rothschild [I] 20th Century, United Artists Darryl F. Zanuck, William Goetz, and Raymond Griffith
Imitation of Life Universal John M. Stahl
One Night of Love Columbia Harry Cohn and Everett Riskin
The Thin Man Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hunt Stromberg
Viva Villa! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer David O. Selznick
The White Parade Fox Jesse L. Lasky
1935 (8th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Mutiny on the Bounty [J] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin
Alice Adams RKO Radio Pandro S. Berman
Broadway Melody of 1936 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John W. Considine Jr.
Captain Blood [J] Warner Bros., Cosmopolitan Hal B. Wallis, Harry Joe Brown, and Gordon Hollingshead
David Copperfield Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer David O. Selznick
The Informer [J] RKO Radio Cliff Reid
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Paramount Louis D. Lighton
A Midsummer Night's Dream Warner Bros. Henry Blanke
Les Misérables 20th Century, United Artists Darryl F. Zanuck
Naughty Marietta Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hunt Stromberg
Ruggles of Red Gap Paramount Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Top Hat RKO Radio Pandro S. Berman
1936 (9th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Great Ziegfeld Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hunt Stromberg
Anthony Adverse Warner Bros. Henry Blanke
Dodsworth Goldwyn, United Artists Samuel Goldwyn and Merritt Hulbert
Libeled Lady Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lawrence Weingarten
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Columbia Frank Capra
Romeo and Juliet Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg
San Francisco Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman
The Story of Louis Pasteur Warner Bros. Henry Blanke
A Tale of Two Cities Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer David O. Selznick
Three Smart Girls Universal Joe Pasternak and Charles R. Rogers
1937 (10th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Life of Emile Zola Warner Bros. Henry Blanke
The Awful Truth Columbia Leo McCarey and Everett Riskin
Captains Courageous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Louis Lighton
Dead End Goldwyn, United Artists Samuel Goldwyn and Merritt Hulbert
The Good Earth Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin
In Old Chicago 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck and Kenneth Macgowan
Lost Horizon Columbia Frank Capra
One Hundred Men and a Girl Universal Charles R. Rogers and Joe Pasternak
Stage Door RKO Radio Pandro S. Berman
A Star Is Born Selznick International, United Artists David O. Selznick
1938 (11th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
You Can't Take It With You Columbia Frank Capra
The Adventures of Robin Hood Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke
Alexander's Ragtime Band 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck and Harry Joe Brown
Boys Town Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John W. Considine Jr.
The Citadel Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Victor Saville
Four Daughters Warner Bros., First National Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke
Grand Illusion [K] R. A. O., World Pictures Frank Rollmer and Albert Pinkovitch
Jezebel Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke
Pygmalion Pascal Film Productions Gabriel Pascal
Test Pilot Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Louis Lighton
1939 (12th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Gone with the Wind Selznick International, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer David O. Selznick
Dark Victory Warner Bros. David Lewis
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Victor Saville
Love Affair RKO Radio Leo McCarey
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Columbia Frank Capra
Ninotchka Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sidney Franklin
Of Mice and Men Roach, United Artists Lewis Milestone
Stagecoach United Artists Walter Wanger
The Wizard of Oz Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Mervyn LeRoy
Wuthering Heights Goldwyn, United Artists Samuel Goldwyn


1940 (13th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Rebecca Selznick International, United Artists David O. Selznick
All This, and Heaven Too Warner Bros. Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and David Lewis
Foreign Correspondent Wanger, United Artists Walter Wanger
The Grapes of Wrath 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck and Nunnally Johnson
The Great Dictator Chaplin, United Artists Charlie Chaplin
Kitty Foyle RKO Radio David Hempstead
The Letter Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
The Long Voyage Home Argosy, Wanger, United Artists John Ford
Our Town Lesser, United Artists Sol Lesser
The Philadelphia Story Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1941 [C] (14th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
How Green Was My Valley 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck
Blossoms in the Dust Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Irving Asher
Citizen Kane RKO Radio Orson Welles
Here Comes Mr. Jordan Columbia Everett Riskin
Hold Back the Dawn Paramount Arthur Hornblow Jr.
The Little Foxes RKO Radio Samuel Goldwyn
The Maltese Falcon Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
One Foot in Heaven Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
Sergeant York Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis and Jesse L. Lasky
Suspicion RKO Radio Alfred Hitchcock
1942 (15th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Mrs. Miniver Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sidney Franklin
The Invaders (49th Parallel) Ortus Michael Powell
Kings Row Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
The Magnificent Ambersons Mercury, RKO Radio Orson Welles
The Pied Piper 20th Century Fox Nunnally Johnson
The Pride of the Yankees Goldwyn, RKO Radio Samuel Goldwyn
Random Harvest Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sidney Franklin
The Talk of the Town Columbia George Stevens
Wake Island Paramount Joseph Sistrom
Yankee Doodle Dandy Warner Bros. Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and William Cagney
1943 (16th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Casablanca Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
For Whom the Bell Tolls Paramount Sam Wood
Heaven Can Wait 20th Century Fox Ernst Lubitsch
The Human Comedy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Clarence Brown
In Which We Serve Two Cities Films Noël Coward
Madame Curie Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sidney Franklin
The More the Merrier Columbia George Stevens
The Ox-Bow Incident 20th Century Fox Lamar Trotti
The Song of Bernadette 20th Century Fox William Perlberg
Watch on the Rhine Warner Bros. Hal B. Wallis
1944 [D] (17th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Going My Way Paramount Leo McCarey
Double Indemnity Paramount Joseph Sistrom
Gaslight Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Since You Went Away Selznick International, United Artists David O. Selznick
Wilson 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck
1945 (18th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Lost Weekend Paramount Charles Brackett
Anchors Aweigh Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Joe Pasternak
The Bells of St. Mary's RKO Radio Leo McCarey
Mildred Pierce Warner Bros. Jerry Wald
Spellbound Selznick International, United Artists David O. Selznick
1946 (19th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Best Years of Our Lives RKO Radio Samuel Goldwyn
Henry V Two Cities Films Laurence Olivier
It's a Wonderful Life RKO Radio Frank Capra
The Razor's Edge 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck
The Yearling Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sidney Franklin
1947 (20th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Gentleman's Agreement 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck
The Bishop's Wife RKO Radio Samuel Goldwyn
Crossfire RKO Radio Adrian Scott
Great Expectations Cineguild Ronald Neame
Miracle on 34th Street 20th Century Fox William Perlberg
1948 (21st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Hamlet Two Cities Films, Universal Laurence Olivier
Johnny Belinda Warner Bros. Jerry Wald
The Red Shoes Independent Producers, The Archers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
The Snake Pit 20th Century Fox Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Warner Bros. Henry Blanke
1949 (22nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
All the King's Men Rossen, Columbia Robert Rossen
Battleground Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Dore Schary
The Heiress Paramount William Wyler
A Letter to Three Wives 20th Century Fox Sol C. Siegel
Twelve O'Clock High 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck


1950 (23rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
All About Eve 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck
Born Yesterday Columbia S. Sylvan Simon
Father of the Bride Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pandro S. Berman
King Solomon's Mines Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sam Zimbalist
Sunset Boulevard Paramount Charles Brackett
1951 (24th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
An American in Paris Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Arthur Freed
Decision Before Dawn 20th Century Fox Anatole Litvak and Frank McCarthy
A Place in the Sun Paramount George Stevens
Quo Vadis Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sam Zimbalist
A Streetcar Named Desire Warner Bros. Charles K. Feldman
1952 (25th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Greatest Show on Earth Paramount Cecil B. DeMille
High Noon United Artists Stanley Kramer
Ivanhoe Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pandro S. Berman
Moulin Rouge Romulus Films John Huston, John Woolf, and James Woolf
The Quiet Man Republic John Ford and Merian C. Cooper
1953 (26th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
From Here to Eternity Columbia Buddy Adler
Julius Caesar Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Houseman
The Robe 20th Century Fox Frank Ross
Roman Holiday Paramount William Wyler
Shane Paramount George Stevens
1954 (27th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
On the Waterfront Columbia Sam Spiegel [N]
The Caine Mutiny Columbia Stanley Kramer
The Country Girl Paramount William Perlberg
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jack Cummings
Three Coins in the Fountain 20th Century Fox Sol C. Siegel
1955 (28th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Marty United Artists, Steven Productions, Hecht-Lancaster Productions Harold Hecht
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 20th Century Fox Buddy Adler
Mister Roberts Warner Bros. Leland Hayward
Picnic Columbia Fred Kohlmar
The Rose Tattoo Paramount Hal B. Wallis
1956 (29th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Around the World in 80 Days United Artists, Michael Todd Productions Michael Todd
Friendly Persuasion Allied Artists William Wyler
Giant Warner Bros. George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg
The King and I 20th Century Fox Charles Brackett
The Ten Commandments Paramount Cecil B. DeMille
1957 (30th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Bridge on the River Kwai Columbia, Horizon Pictures Sam Spiegel
12 Angry Men United Artists Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose
Peyton Place 20th Century Fox Jerry Wald
Sayonara Warner Bros. William Goetz
Witness for the Prosecution United Artists Arthur Hornblow Jr.
1958 (31st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Gigi Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Arthur Freed
Auntie Mame Warner Bros. Jack L. Warner
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lawrence Weingarten
The Defiant Ones Kramer, United Artists Stanley Kramer
Separate Tables United Artists Harold Hecht
1959 (32nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Ben-Hur Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sam Zimbalist
Anatomy of a Murder Columbia Otto Preminger
The Diary of Anne Frank 20th Century Fox George Stevens
The Nun's Story Warner Bros. Henry Blanke
Room at the Top Remus Films John Woolf and James Woolf


1960 (33rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Apartment United Artists, The Mirisch Company Billy Wilder
The Alamo United Artists, Batjac Productions John Wayne
Elmer Gantry United Artists Bernard Smith
Sons and Lovers 20th Century Fox Jerry Wald
The Sundowners Warner Bros. Fred Zinnemann
1961 (34th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
West Side Story United Artists Robert Wise
Fanny Warner Bros. Joshua Logan
The Guns of Navarone Columbia, High Road Carl Foreman
The Hustler 20th Century Fox Robert Rossen
Judgment at Nuremberg United Artists Stanley Kramer
1962 [E] (35th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Lawrence of Arabia Columbia, Horizon Pictures Sam Spiegel
The Longest Day 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck
The Music Man Warner Bros. Morton DaCosta
Mutiny on the Bounty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Aaron Rosenberg
To Kill a Mockingbird Universal-International Alan J. Pakula
1963 (36th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Tom Jones United Artists, Woodfall Films Tony Richardson
America America Warner Bros. Elia Kazan
Cleopatra 20th Century Fox Walter Wanger
How the West Was Won Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Bernard Smith
Lilies of the Field United Artists Ralph Nelson
1964 (37th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
My Fair Lady Warner Bros. Jack L. Warner
Becket Keep Films, Paramount Film Service Hal B. Wallis
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Columbia, Hawk Films Stanley Kubrick
Mary Poppins Disney Walt Disney and Bill Walsh
Zorba the Greek 20th Century Fox Michael Cacoyannis
1965 (38th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Sound of Music 20th Century Fox Robert Wise
Darling Vic Films, Appia Films Joseph Janni
Doctor Zhivago Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Carlo Ponti
Ship of Fools Columbia Stanley Kramer
A Thousand Clowns United Artists Fred Coe
1966 (39th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
A Man for All Seasons Columbia, Highland Films Fred Zinnemann
Alfie Sheldrake Films Lewis Gilbert
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming United Artists Norman Jewison
The Sand Pebbles 20th Century Fox Robert Wise
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Warner Bros. Ernest Lehman
1967 (40th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
In the Heat of the Night United Artists Walter Mirisch
Bonnie and Clyde Warner Bros., Seven Arts Warren Beatty
Doctor Dolittle 20th Century Fox Arthur P. Jacobs
The Graduate Embassy Lawrence Turman
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Columbia Stanley Kramer
1968 (41st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Oliver! Romulus Films, Warwick Film Productions John Woolf
Funny Girl Columbia Ray Stark
The Lion in Winter Embassy, Haworth Productions Martin Poll
Rachel, Rachel Warner Bros. Paul Newman
Romeo and Juliet B.H.E. Productions, Verona Produzione, Dino De Laurentiis Anthony Havelock-Allan and John Brabourne
1969 (42nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Midnight Cowboy United Artists Jerome Hellman
Anne of the Thousand Days Universal Hal B. Wallis
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 20th Century Fox John Foreman
Hello, Dolly! 20th Century Fox Ernest Lehman
Z [K] O.N.C.I.C., Cinema V Jacques Perrin and Ahmed Rachedi


1970 (43rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Patton 20th Century Fox Frank McCarthy
Airport Universal Ross Hunter
Five Easy Pieces Columbia Bob Rafelson and Richard Wechsler
Love Story Paramount Howard G. Minsky
M*A*S*H 20th Century Fox Ingo Preminger
1971 (44th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The French Connection 20th Century Fox Philip D'Antoni
A Clockwork Orange Warner, Hawk Films Stanley Kubrick
Fiddler on the Roof United Artists Norman Jewison
The Last Picture Show Columbia Stephen J. Friedman
Nicholas and Alexandra Columbia Sam Spiegel
1972 (45th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Godfather Paramount Albert S. Ruddy
Cabaret Allied Artists, ABC Pictures Cy Feuer
Deliverance Warner Bros. John Boorman
The Emigrants [K] Svensk Filmindustri Bengt Forslund
Sounder 20th Century Fox Robert B. Radnitz
1973 (46th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Sting Universal Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, and Julia Phillips
American Graffiti Lucasfilm, Universal, Coppola Co. Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz
Cries and Whispers [K] Cinematograph, Svenska Filminstitutet Ingmar Bergman
The Exorcist Warner Bros. William Peter Blatty
A Touch of Class Avco Embassy, Gordon Film Productions Melvin Frank
1974 (47th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Godfather Part II [O] Paramount Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, and Fred Roos
Chinatown Paramount Robert Evans
The Conversation Paramount, Coppola Co. Francis Ford Coppola
Lenny United Artists Marvin Worth
The Towering Inferno 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Irwin Allen
1975 (48th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest United Artists Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz [N]
Barry Lyndon Warner Bros., Peregrine Productions, Hawk Films Stanley Kubrick
Dog Day Afternoon Warner Bros. Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand
Jaws Universal Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown
Nashville Paramount Robert Altman
1976 (49th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Rocky United Artists Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff
All the President's Men Warner Bros. Walter Coblenz
Bound for Glory United Artists Robert F. Blumofe and Harold Leventhal
Network Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists Howard Gottfried
Taxi Driver Columbia Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips
1977 (50th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Annie Hall United Artists Charles H. Joffe
The Goodbye Girl Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Ray Stark
Julia 20th Century Fox Richard Roth
Star Wars Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox Gary Kurtz
The Turning Point 20th Century Fox Herbert Ross and Arthur Laurents
1978 (51st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Deer Hunter Universal, EMI Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, and John Peverall
Coming Home United Artists Jerome Hellman
Heaven Can Wait Paramount Warren Beatty
Midnight Express Columbia, Casablanca Filmworks Alan Marshall and David Puttnam
An Unmarried Woman 20th Century Fox, Casablanca Filmworks Paul Mazursky and Tony Ray
1979 (52nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia Stanley R. Jaffe
All That Jazz 20th Century Fox, Columbia Robert Alan Aurthur
Apocalypse Now Zoetrope Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson, and Tom Sternberg
Breaking Away 20th Century Fox Peter Yates
Norma Rae 20th Century Fox Tamara Asseyev and Alex Rose


1980 (53rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Ordinary People Paramount Ronald L. Schwary
Coal Miner's Daughter Universal Bernard Schwartz
The Elephant Man Paramount, Brooksfilms Jonathan Sanger
Raging Bull United Artists Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff
Tess Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions Claude Berri and Timothy Burrill
1981 (54th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Chariots of Fire Enigma Film Productions David Puttnam
Atlantic City Cine-Neighbor, Selta Films Denis Héroux
On Golden Pond ITC, Universal Bruce Gilbert
Raiders of the Lost Ark Lucasfilm, Paramount Frank Marshall
Reds Paramount Warren Beatty
1982 (55th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Gandhi Columbia Richard Attenborough
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Universal, Amblin Entertainment Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy [M]
Missing Universal Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis
Tootsie Columbia Sydney Pollack and Dick Richards
The Verdict 20th Century Fox Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown
1983 (56th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Terms of Endearment Paramount James L. Brooks
The Big Chill Columbia Michael Shamberg
The Dresser Goldcrest, World Film Services Peter Yates
The Right Stuff Warner Bros., The Ladd Company Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff
Tender Mercies Universal, EMI Philip S. Hobel
1984 (57th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Amadeus Orion Saul Zaentz
The Killing Fields Enigma Film Productions David Puttnam
A Passage to India G.W. Films, Thorn EMI John Brabourne and Richard B. Goodwin
Places in the Heart Tri-Star Arlene Donovan
A Soldier's Story Columbia Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary, and Patrick Palmer
1985 (58th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Out of Africa Universal, Mirage Enterprises Sydney Pollack
The Color Purple Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Quincy Jones
Kiss of the Spider Woman Island Alive, FilmDallas Pictures, HB Filmes David Weisman
Prizzi's Honor 20th Century Fox, ABC Motion Pictures John Foreman
Witness Paramount Edward S. Feldman
1986 (59th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Platoon Orion, Hemdale Arnold Kopelson
Children of a Lesser God Paramount Burt Sugarman and Patrick J. Palmer
Hannah and Her Sisters Orion Robert Greenhut
The Mission Enigma Film Productions, Goldcrest Films, Kingsmere Fernando Ghia and David Puttnam
A Room with a View Merchant Ivory Ismail Merchant
1987 (60th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Last Emperor [O] Columbia, Hemdale, Recorded Picture Company, Yanco Films, TAO Films, AAA, Soprofilms Jeremy Thomas
Broadcast News 20th Century Fox James L. Brooks
Fatal Attraction Paramount Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing
Hope and Glory Columbia, Goldcrest films John Boorman
Moonstruck Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Patrick J. Palmer and Norman Jewison
1988 (61st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Rain Man United Artists Mark Johnson
The Accidental Tourist Warner Bros. Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, and Michael Grillo
Dangerous Liaisons Warner Bros., Lorimar, N.F.H. Productions Norma Heyman and Hank Moonjean
Mississippi Burning Orion Frederick Zollo and Robert F. Colesberry
Working Girl 20th Century Fox Douglas Wick
1989 (62nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Driving Miss Daisy Warner Bros. Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck
Born on the Fourth of July Universal A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone
Dead Poets Society Touchstone Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, and Tony Thomas
Field of Dreams Universal Lawrence Gordon and Charles Gordon
My Left Foot Miramax, Ferndale Films, Granada Television International Noel Pearson


1990 (63rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Dances with Wolves Orion, TIG Productions Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner
Awakenings Columbia Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker
Ghost Paramount Lisa Weinstein
The Godfather Part III Paramount, American Zoetrope Francis Ford Coppola
Goodfellas Warner Bros. Irwin Winkler
1991 (64th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Silence of the Lambs Orion Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, and Ron Bozman
Beauty and the Beast Disney Don Hahn
Bugsy TriStar, Mulholland Productions, Baltimore Pictures Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, and Warren Beatty
JFK Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone
The Prince of Tides Columbia Barbra Streisand and Andrew S. Karsch
1992 (65th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Unforgiven Warner Bros., Malpaso Clint Eastwood
The Crying Game Palace Pictures Stephen Woolley
A Few Good Men Columbia, Castle Rock Entertainment David Brown, Rob Reiner, and Andrew Scheinman
Howards End Sony Pictures Classics, Merchant Ivory Ismail Merchant
Scent of a Woman Universal Martin Brest
1993 (66th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Schindler's List Universal, Amblin Entertainment Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, and Branko Lustig
The Fugitive Warner Bros. Arnold Kopelson
In the Name of the Father Universal, Hell's Kitchen Jim Sheridan
The Piano Miramax, Jan Chapman Productions Jan Chapman
The Remains of the Day Columbia, Merchant Ivory Mike Nichols, John Calley, and Ismail Merchant
1994 (67th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Forrest Gump Paramount Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, and Steve Starkey
Four Weddings and a Funeral PolyGram, Working Title Duncan Kenworthy
Pulp Fiction Miramax Lawrence Bender
Quiz Show Hollywood Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, and Robert Redford
The Shawshank Redemption Columbia, Castle Rock Entertainment Niki Marvin
1995 (68th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Braveheart Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Icon Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr., and Bruce Davey
Apollo 13 Universal, Imagine Entertainment Brian Grazer
Babe Universal, Kennedy Miller Productions Bill Miller, George Miller, and Doug Mitchell
Il Postino: The Postman [K] Miramax, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Blue Dahlia, Penta Film Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, and Gaetano Daniele
Sense and Sensibility Columbia, Mirage Lindsay Doran
1996 (69th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The English Patient Miramax, Tiger Moth Productions Saul Zaentz
Fargo PolyGram Ethan Coen
Jerry Maguire Tristar, Gracie Films James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai, and Cameron Crowe
Secrets & Lies October, Thin Man Films Simon Channing-Williams
Shine Fine Line Features, Momentum Films Jane Scott
1997 (70th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Titanic Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment James Cameron and Jon Landau
As Good as It Gets Tristar, Gracie Films James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
The Full Monty Fox Searchlight, Redwave Films Umberto Pasolini
Good Will Hunting Miramax, A Band Apart Lawrence Bender
L.A. Confidential Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan, and Michael G. Nathanson
1998 (71st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Shakespeare in Love Miramax, Universal, Bedford Falls Company David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, and Marc Norman
Elizabeth PolyGram, Working Title Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, and Tim Bevan
Life Is Beautiful [K] Miramax, Melampo Cinematografica, Pacific Pictures Elda Ferri and Gianluigi Braschi
Saving Private Ryan DreamWorks, Paramount, Amblin Entertainment Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, and Gary Levinsohn
The Thin Red Line 20th Century Fox Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, and Grant Hill
1999 (72nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
American Beauty DreamWorks, Jinks/Cohen Co. Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks
The Cider House Rules Miramax, FilmColony Richard N. Gladstein
The Green Mile Warner Bros., Castle Rock Entertainment Frank Darabont and David Valdes
The Insider Touchstone, Spyglass Entertainment Pieter Jan Brugge and Michael Mann
The Sixth Sense Hollywood, Spyglass Entertainment Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Barry Mendel


2000 (73rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Gladiator DreamWorks, Universal, Scott Free Productions Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, and Branko Lustig
Chocolat Miramax David Brown, Kit Golden, and Leslie Holleran
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [K] Sony Pictures Classics William Kong, Hsu Li Kong, and Ang Lee
Erin Brockovich Universal, Columbia, Jersey Films Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher
Traffic Universal, USA, Bedford Falls Company Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, and Laura Bickford
2001 (74th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
A Beautiful Mind DreamWorks, Universal, Imagine Entertainment Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Gosford Park USA, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Zestwick Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, and David Levy
In the Bedroom Miramax, Good Machine Graham Leader, Ross Katz, and Todd Field
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line Cinema, WingNut Films Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Barrie M. Osborne
Moulin Rouge! 20th Century Fox, Bazmark Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann, and Fred Baron
2002 (75th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Chicago Miramax, Producer Circle Co., Storyline Entertainment Martin Richards
Gangs of New York Miramax Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein
The Hours Paramount, Miramax, Scott Rudin Productions Scott Rudin and Robert Fox
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema, WingNut Films Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson
The Pianist Focus Features, RP Productions, Heritage Films, Babelsberg Studios, Runteam Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, and Alain Sarde
2003 (76th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema, WingNut Films Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh
Lost in Translation Focus Features, American Zoetrope Ross Katz and Sofia Coppola
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 20th Century Fox, Miramax, Universal, Samuel Goldlwyn Films Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Weir, and Duncan Henderson
Mystic River Warner Bros.,Village Roadshow Pictures, Malpaso Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt, and Clint Eastwood
Seabiscuit DreamWorks, Universal, Spyglass Entertainment, Kennedy/Marshall Productions Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Gary Ross
2004 (77th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Million Dollar Baby Warner Bros., Lakeshore Entertainment, Malpaso Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, and Tom Rosenberg
The Aviator Warner Bros., Miramax, Forward Pass, Appian Way Michael Mann and Graham King
Finding Neverland Miramax, Filmcolony Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower
Ray Universal, Bristol Bay Productions, Anvil Films Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, and Howard Baldwin
Sideways Fox Searchlight Michael London
2005 (78th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Crash Lionsgate, BlackFriar's Bridge, Harris Company, ApolloProScreen Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman
Brokeback Mountain Focus Features, River Road Entertainment Diana Ossana and James Schamus
Capote Sony Pictures Classics, United Artists, A-Line Pictures, Cooper's Town Productions, Infinity Media Caroline Baron, William Vince, and Michael Ohoven
Good Night, and Good Luck Warner Independent, Section Eight Productions, 2929 Entertainment Grant Heslov
Munich DreamWorks, Universal, Amblin Entertainment, Kennedy/Marshall Productions Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Barry Mendel
2006 (79th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Departed Warner Bros., Plan B Pictures, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment Graham King
Babel Paramount Vantage, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film Alejandro González Iñárritu, Steve Golin, and Jon Kilik
Letters from Iwo Jima [K] DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Malpaso, Amblin Entertainment Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Lorenz
Little Miss Sunshine Fox Searchlight, Big Beach, Deep River Productions David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub
The Queen Miramax, Granada Productions Andy Harries, Christine Langan, and Tracey Seaward
2007 (80th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
No Country for Old Men Paramount Vantage, Miramax, Mike Zoss Productions Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen
Atonement Focus Features, Working Title Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Paul Webster
Juno Fox Searchlight, Mr. Mudd Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick, and Russell Smith
Michael Clayton Warner Bros., Castle Rock Entertainment, Section Eight Productions, Mirage Enterprises Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, and Sydney Pollack
There Will Be Blood Paramount Vantage, Miramax Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, and JoAnne Sellar
2008 (81st)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Slumdog Millionaire [O] Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros., Celador, Film4 Christian Colson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Paramount, Warner Bros., Kennedy/Marshall Productions Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Cean Chaffin
Frost/Nixon Universal, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Eric Fellner
Milk Focus Features, Jinks/Cohen Co., Groundswell Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks
The Reader The Weinstein Co., Mirage, Neunte Babelsberg Film Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, and Redmond Morris
2009 (82nd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Hurt Locker Summit Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, First Light Productions, Kingsgate Films Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, and Greg Shapiro
Avatar 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Media James Cameron and Jon Landau
The Blind Side Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove, and Broderick Johnson
District 9 Tristar, WingNut Films Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham
An Education Sony Pictures Classics, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze Films Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Inglourious Basterds The Weinstein Co., Universal, Band Apart, Zehnte Babelsberg Film Lawrence Bender
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Lionsgate, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Smokewood Entertainment Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, and Gary Magness
A Serious Man Focus Features, Working Title, Mike Zoss Productions Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up Disney, Pixar Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air Paramount, The Montecito Picture Company Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, and Jason Reitman


2010 (83rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The King's Speech The Weinstein Co., Momentum Pictures, UK Film Council, See-Saw Films, Bedlam Productions Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin
127 Hours Fox Searchlight, Pathé, Dune Entertainment, Everest Entertainment Danny Boyle, John Smithson, and Christian Colson
Black Swan Fox Searchlight, Dune Entertainment, Cross Creek Pictures, Phoenix Pictures Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, and Brian Oliver
The Fighter Paramount, The Weinstein Co., Mandeville Films David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Mark Wahlberg
Inception Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Syncopy Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
The Kids Are All Right Focus Features, Gilbert Films Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, and Celine Rattray
The Social Network Columbia, Scott Rudin Productions, Trigger Street Productions Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin
Toy Story 3 Disney, Pixar Darla K. Anderson
True Grit Paramount, Skydance Productions, Mike Zoss Productions Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Scott Rudin
Winter's Bone Roadside Attractions, Anonymous Content, Winter's Bone Productions Alix Madigan and Anne Rosellini
2011 (84th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
The Artist The Weinstein Co., La Petite Reine, ARP Sélection, Studio 37, La Classe Américaine, France 3 Cinema, U Film, Jouror Productions, JD Prod, Wild Bunch Thomas Langmann
The Descendants Fox Searchlight Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Warner Bros., Scott Rudin Productions Scott Rudin
The Help DreamWorks, Touchstone, Participant Media, Imageation Abu Dahbi Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
Hugo Paramount, GK Films, Infinitum Nihil Graham King and Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics, Gravier, Mediapro, Pontchartrain, Versatil Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
Moneyball Columbia, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life Fox Searchlight, River Road Entertainment Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, and Grant Hill
War Horse DreamWorks, Touchstone, Amblin Entertainment, Kennedy/Marshall Company Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
2012 (85th)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Argo Warner Bros., GK Films, Smoke House Pictures Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney
Amour [K] Sony Pictures Classics, Les Films du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film Production Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, and Michael Katz
Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight, Cinereach Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, and Michael Gottwald
Django Unchained The Weinstein Co., Columbia, Band Apart Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, and Pilar Savone
Les Misérables Universal, Working Title, Cameron Mackintosh Limited Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi 20th Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Haishang Films Gil Netter, Ang Lee, and David Womark
Lincoln DreamWorks, Touchstone, 20th Century Fox, Amblin Entertainment, Participant, Kennedy/Marshall Company Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Co. Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, and Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark Thirty Columbia, Annapurna Pictures Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Megan Ellison
2013 (86th)[22]
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight, Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency, Film4 Productions Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, and Anthony Katagas
American Hustle Columbia, Atlas Entertainment, Annapurna Pictures Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon
Captain Phillips Columbia, Michael De Luca Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Trigger Street Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca
Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features, Truth Entertainment, Voltage Pictures Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter
Gravity Warner Bros., Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman
Her Warner Bros., Entertainment Film Distributors, Annapurna Pictures Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, and Vincent Landay
Nebraska Paramount Vantage, Echo Lake Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa
Philomena The Weinstein Co., Pathé, BBC Films, British Film Institute, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow Productions, Magnolia Mae Films Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, and Tracey Seaward
The Wolf of Wall Street Paramount, Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way Productions, Sikelia Productions, Emjag Productions Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff
2014 (87th)[23]
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Fox Searchlight, Regency Enterprises, Worldview Entertainment Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole
American Sniper Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Mad Chance Productions, 22nd and Indiana Pictures, Malpaso Clint Eastwood, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz, Bradley Cooper, and Peter Morgan
Boyhood IFC, Detour Filmproduction Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight, American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Babelsberg Studio Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson
The Imitation Game The Weinstein Co., Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, and Teddy Schwarzman
Selma Paramount, Pathé, Cloud Eight Films, Plan B Entertainment, Harpo Films Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
The Theory of Everything Focus Features, Working Title Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, and Anthony McCarten
Whiplash Sony Pictures Classics, Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions, Right of Way Films Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, and David Lancaster
2015 (88th)[23]
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
Spotlight Open Road, Anonymous Content, First Look Media, Participant Media, Rocklin/Faust Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar
The Big Short Paramount, Regency Enterprises, Plan B Entertainment Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Brad Pitt
Bridge of Spies DreamWorks, Touchstone, 20th Century Fox, Amblin Entertainment, Participant Media, Afterworks Limited, Studio Babelsberg, Marc Platt Productions Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight, BFI, BBC Films, Wildgaze Films, Irish Film Board, Parallel Film Productions, Item 7 Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian 20th Century Fox, TSG Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Kinberg Genre Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
The Revenant 20th Century Fox, Anonymous Content, Appian Way Productions, M Productions, New Regency Pictures, RatPac Entertainment Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
Room A24, TG4 Films, Nope Films, Mauvais Plan, Inc., CampTrace Entertainment, Lester Productions Ed Guiney


  • A : The official name of the award from 1927/28 to 1928/29 was Outstanding Picture.
  • B : The official name of the award from 1929/30 to 1940 was Outstanding Production.
  • C : The official name of the award from 1941 to 1943 was Outstanding Motion Picture.
  • D : The official name of the award from 1944 to 1961 was Best Motion Picture.
  • E : The official name of the award since 1962 has been Best Picture.
  • F : There were two categories that were seen as equally the top award at the time: "Outstanding Picture" and Unique and Artistic Production where the winner for the latter was Sunrise (production company: Fox; producer: William Fox). This category was dropped immediately after the first year of the Academy Award and the former category was retroactively seen as the top award.[24]
  • G1 2 3 4 5 : Head of studio
  • H1 2 3 : The Academy also announced that A Farewell to Arms came in second, and Little Women third.
  • I1 2 3 : The Academy also announced that The Barretts of Wimpole Street came in second, and The House of Rothschild third.
  • J1 2 3 : The Academy also announced that The Informer came in second, and Captain Blood third.
  • K1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : Nominated motion picture with non-English dialogue track (AMPAS: foreign language film).[25] Four of which – Z; Life is Beautiful; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and Amour – won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[26]
  • L : Production company with the most nominations (38) and the most awards (5). Applying only from 1927/1928 to 1950.[27]
  • M : Person with the most nominations (8 nominations, 0 awards). Applying only from 1951 to 2012.[27]
  • N : Person with the most awards (3 awards, Spiegel 4 nominations, Zaentz 3 nominations). Applying only from 1951 to 2008.[27]
  • O1 2 3 : Winner with partly non-English dialogue track (AMPAS: foreign language).[14]

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 "Academy Awards Database – Best Picture Winners and Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  3. "Why SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS is Essential". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  4. 1 2 "Who gets the Oscar?". Sydney Morning Herald. Associated Press. February 4, 2005. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 "Academy restricts Oscar winners". BBC. June 26, 2001. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  6. 1 2 3 McNary, Dave (January 21, 2008). "PGA avoids credit limit". Variety.
  7. 1 2 3 "Rule Sixteen: Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award". Rules for the 86th Academy Awards. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  8. 1 2 Yamato, Jen (January 27, 2009). "Academy Makes Exceptions for Pollack, Minghella Does this mean more Oscar sympathy for surprise nominee The Reader?". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  9. "Best Director Facts - Trivia (Part 2)". Filmsite. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  10. 1 2 Joyce Eng (24 June 2009). "Oscar Expands Best Picture Race to 10 Nominees". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  11. Poll: Vote on the Oscars Like an Academy Member, Rob Richie, Huffington Post, 16 February 2011
  12. Steve Pond (2011-06-22). "New Best Picture Rules Could Discard Large Number of Oscar Ballots (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  13. Nikki Finke (2011-06-14). "OSCAR SHOCKER! Academy Builds Surprise & Secrecy Into Best Picture Race: Now There Can Be Anywhere From 5 To 10 Nominees". Deadline Hollywood. MMC. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  14. 1 2 3 "Best Pictures - Facts & Trivia (part 2)". Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  15. 1 2 3 "Best Pictures - Genre Biases". Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  16. "The 2015 Oscar nominations in two words: 'Racist,' 'Sexist'".
  17. "First Remake to win Best Picture". Guinness Book of World Records. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  18. "The Broadway Melody". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved July 7, 2014. The Technicolor footage for this sequence has since been lost, and only a black-and-white version is now available.
  19. "Oscar's Most Wanted". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  20. "The Racket - Progressive Silent Film List". Silent Era. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  21. "East Lynne Trivia". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  22. "12 Years a Slave' Claims Best Picture Oscar". March 2, 2014.
  23. 1 2 "'Birdman' and 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Lead Oscar Picks". January 15, 2015.
  24. "Best Pictures - Facts & Trivia (part 1)". Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  25. "Oscar Trivia". Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  26. Variety Staff (2007-03-01). "Best Foreign Film". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  27. 1 2 3 "Academy Awards Statistics". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-11-13.

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