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Oscar Best Picture Winners

Oscar Best Picture Winners – All Time List

On 4 March 2018 the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, for films made during 2017, were presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. . Every year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) ballots its members to decide the coveted Oscar best picture winners. The Academy Awards are presented for films released during the preceding year (since 1935).

Top Oscar Best Picture Winners Trivia & Records

8 Oscar Best Picture Winners Movie Records & Trivia

  1. The director of the Oscar winning movie each year also wins the Oscar Best Director Award 64% (66 to 24) of the time.
  2. La La Land (2016) equals the record of 14 Oscar nominations for a movie, joining Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950). La La Land won 6 Oscars.
  3. The record number of Oscars won by a single film is 11, held by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Titanic (1997) and Ben-Hur (1959)
  4. Frank Lloyd, in the 2nd Academy Awards, is the only best director award winner for a movie (The Divine Lady) which wasn’t also nominated for best picture.
  5. Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only adult rated movie to be nominated for an Oscar. It’s also the only X rated film to have won a best picture Oscar.
  6. William Wyler is the only director with 3 best picture wins, there are ten double Oscar best picture winners.
  7. The best director award has been shared twice. First in 1961, at the 34th Academy Awards for West Side Story by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, neither thanked the other. Again in 2007, at the 80th Academy Awards, the award was shared by Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men.
  8. In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to win best picture for The Hurt Locker at the 82nd Academy Awards.

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Year Film Made
Best Picture WinnersOscar Winning Director& Best Director?#Oscar Best Picture NominationsStarring Actors Include
2017The Shape of Water
Guillermo del ToroYes90The Shape of Water, Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriSally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg
2016Moonlight
Barry JenkinsNo89Moonlight, La La Land, Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea,Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
2015Spotlight
Tom McCarthyNo88Spotlight, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, RoomMark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci
2014Birdman
Alejandro González IñárrituYes87Birdman, American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, David Lancaster, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Helen Estabrook, The Imitation Game, Jason Blum, Selma and The Theory of Everything.Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
201312 Years a Slave
Steve McQueenNo8612 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón won best director), Her, Nebraska, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
2012Argo

Ben AffleckNo85Argo, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Life of Pi (Ang Lee won best director), Lincoln, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark ThirtyBen Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
2011The Artist

Michel HazanaviciusYes84The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War HorseJean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
2010The King’s Speech
Tom HooperYes83The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s BoneColin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
2009The Hurt Locker
Kathryn BigelowYes82The Hurt Locker, Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the AirJeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
2008Slumdog Millionaire
Danny BoyleYes81Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The ReaderDev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
2007No Country for Old MenJoel and Ethan CoenYes80No Country for Old Men (the only Oscar best picture winners to be siblings), Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be BloodTommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
2006The DepartedMartin ScorseseYes79The Departed, Babel, The Queen, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss SunshineLeonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
2005CrashPaul HaggisNo78Crash, Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee won best director), Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck, MunichDon Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton
2004Million Dollar BabyClint EastwoodYes77Million Dollar Baby, The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Ray, SidewaysHilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingPeter JacksonYes76The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (one of only two sequel best picture winners), Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, SeabiscuitElijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
2002ChicagoRob MarshallNo75Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist (Roman Polanksi won best director)Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
2001A Beautiful MindRon HowardYes74A Beautiful Mind, Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin RougeRussell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
2000GladiatorRidley ScottNo73Gladiator, Chocolat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Traffic (Steven Soderbergh won best director)Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
1999American BeautySam MendesYes72American Beauty, The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, The Sixth SenseKevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
1998Shakespeare in LoveJohn MaddenNo71Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth, Life is Beautiful, Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg won best director), The Thin Red LineGwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
1997TitanicJames CameronYes70Titanic, L.A. Confidential, As Good As It Gets, Good Will Hunting, The Full MontyLeonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
1996The English PatientAnthony MinghellaYes69The English Patient, Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets and Lies, ShineRalph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe
1995BraveheartMel GibsonYes68Braveheart, Apollo 13, Babe, Il Postino, Sense and SensibilityMel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
1994Forrest GumpRobert ZemeckisYes67Forrest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank RedemptionTom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
1993Schindler’s ListSteven SpielbergYes66Schindler’s List, The Fugitive, In the Name of the Father, The Piano, The Remains of the DayLiam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
1992UnforgivenClint EastwoodYes65Unforgiven, The Crying Game, A Few Good Men, Howards End, Scent of a WomanClint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
1991The Silence of the LambsJonathan DemmeYes64The Silence of the Lambs, Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy, JFK, The Prince of TidesJodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
1990Dances with WolvesKevin CostnerYes63Dances with Wolves, Awakenings, Ghost, The Godfather, Part III, GoodFellasKevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
1989Driving Miss DaisyBruce BeresfordNo62Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone won best director), Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot.Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd
1988Rain ManBarry LevinsonYes61Rain Man, The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, Mississippi Burning, Working GirlDustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino
1987The Last EmperorBernardo BertolucciYes60The Last Emperor, Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, MoonstruckJohn Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole
1986PlatoonOliver StoneYes59Platoon, Children of a Lesser God, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission, A Room with a ViewCharlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
1985Out of AfricaSydney PollackYes58Out of Africa, The Color Purple, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Prizzi’s Honor, WitnessMeryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
1984AmadeusMilos FormanYes57Amadeus, The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart, A Soldier’s StoryF. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
1983Terms of EndearmentJames L. BrooksYes56Terms of Endearment, The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right Stuff, Tender MerciesShirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson
1982GandhiRichard AttenboroughYes55Gandhi, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Missing, Tootsie, The VerdictBen Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen
1981Chariots of FireHugh HudsonNo54Chariots of Fire, Atlantic City, On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reds (Warren Beatty won best director)Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell
1980Ordinary PeopleRobert RedfordYes53Ordinary People, Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Elephant Man, Raging Bull, TessDonald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch
1979Kramer vs. KramerRobert BentonYes52Kramer vs. Kramer, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, Norma RaeDustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander
1978The Deer HunterMichael CiminoYes51The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Express, An Unmarried WomanRobert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
1977Annie HallWoody AllenYes50Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl, Julia, Star Wars, The Turning PointWoody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
1976RockyJohn G. AvildsenYes49Rocky, All the Presidents Men, Bound for Glory, Network, Taxi DriverSylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
1975One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestMilos FormanYes48One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, NashvilleJack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
1974The Godfather Part IIFrancis Ford CoppolaYes47The Godfather Part II (one of only two sequel best picture winners) One of only a Chinatown, The Conversation, Lenny, The Towering InfernoAl Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
1973The StingGeorge Roy HillYes46The Sting, American Graffiti, Cries and Whispers, The Exorcist, A Touch of ClassPaul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
1972The GodfatherFrancis Ford CoppolaNo45The Godfather, Cabaret (Bob Fosse won best director), Deliverance, The Emigrants, SounderMarlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
1971The French ConnectionWilliam FriedkinYes44The French Connection, A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, The Last Picture Show, Nicholas and AlexandraGene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
1970PattonFranklin J. SchaffnerYes43Patton, Airport, Five Easy Pieces, Love Story, M*A*S*HGeorge C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young
1969Midnight CowboyJohn SchlesingerYes42Midnight Cowboy (of the 89 best picture winners, the only adult-rated Oscar movie winner), Anne of the Thousand Days, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hello, Dolly!, ZDustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles
1968Oliver!Carol ReedYes41Oliver!, Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter, Rachel, Rachel, Romeo and JulietMark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis
1967In the Heat of the NightNorman JewisonNo40In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie And Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate (Mike Nichols won best director), Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerSidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
1966A Man for All SeasonsFred ZinnemannYes39A Man for All Seasons, Alfie, The Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw
1965The Sound of MusicRobert WiseYes38The Sound of Music, Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Ship of Fools, A Thousand ClownsJulie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
1964My Fair LadyGeorge CukorYes37My Fair Lady, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying…, Mary Poppins, Zorba the GreekAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway
1963Tom JonesTony RichardsonYes36Tom Jones, America America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the FieldAlbert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine
1962Lawrence of ArabiaDavid LeanYes35Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, The Music Man, Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a MockingbirdPeter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
1961West Side StoryRobert Wise and Jerome RobbinsYes34West Side Story, Fanny, The Guns of Navarone, The Hustler, Judgment at NurembergNatalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer
1960The ApartmentBilly WilderYes33The Apartment, The Alamo, Elmer Gantry, Sons and Lovers, The SundownersJack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
1959Ben-HurWilliam WylerYes32Ben-Hur, Anatomy of a Murder, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nun’s Story, Room at the TopCharlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
1958GigiVincente MinnelliYes31Gigi, Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Separate TablesLeslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan
1957The Bridge On The River KwaiDavid LeanYes30The Bridge On The River Kwai, Peyton Place, Sayonara, 12 Angry Men, Witness for the ProsecutionWilliam Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
1956Around the World in 80 DaysMichael AndersonNo29Around the World in 80 Days, Friendly Persuasion, Giant (George Stevens won best director), The King and I, The Ten CommandmentsDavid Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie
1955MartyDelbert MannYes28Marty, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, The Rose TattooErnest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti
1954On The WaterfrontElia KazanYes27On The Waterfront, The Caine Mutiny, The Country Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Three Coins in the FountainMarlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb
1953From Here to EternityFred ZinnemannYes26From Here to Eternity, Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday, ShaneBurt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
1952The Greatest Show on EarthCecil B. DeMilleNo25The Greatest Show on Earth, High Noon, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet Man (John Ford won best director)James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton
1951An American In ParisVincente MinnelliNo24An American In Paris, Decision Before Dawn, A Place in the Sun (George Stevens won best director), Quo Vadis?, A Streetcar Named DesireGene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
1950All About EveJoseph L. MankiewiczYes23All About Eve, Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon’s Mines, Sunset BoulevardBette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
1949All the King’s MenRobert RossenNo22All the King’s Men, Battleground, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph L. Mankiewicz won best director), Twelve O’Clock HighBroderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru
1948HamletLaurence OlivierNo21Hamlet, Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston won best director)Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie
1947Gentleman’s AgreementElia KazanYes20Gentleman’s Agreement, The Bishop’s Wife, Crossfire, Great Expectations, Miracle on 34th Street (the most popular Christmas movie of all the best picture winners)Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield
1946The Best Years of Our LivesWilliam WylerYes19The Best Years of Our Lives, Henry V, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Razor’s Edge, The YearlingFredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy
1945The Lost WeekendBilly WilderYes18The Lost Weekend, Anchors Aweigh, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Mildred Pierce, SpellboundRay Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry
1944Going My WayLeo McCareyYes17Going My Way, Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Since You Went Away, WilsonBing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh
1943CasablancaMichael CurtizYes16Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the RhineHumphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
1942Mrs. MiniverWilliam WylerYes15Mrs. Miniver, The Invaders, Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, The Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, The Talk of the Town, Wake Island, Yankee Doodle DandyGreer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright
1941How Green Was My ValleyJohn FordYes14How Green Was My Valley, Blossoms in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Sergeant York, SuspicionWalter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Anna Lee
1940RebeccaAlfred HitchcockNo13Rebecca, All This, and Heaven Too, Foreign Correspondent, The Grapes of Wrath (John Huston won best director), The Great Dictator, Kitty Foyle, The Letter, The Long Voyage Home, Our Town, The Philadelphia StoryLaurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
1939Gone With The WindVictor FlemingYes12Gone With The Wind, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering HeightsClark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell
1938You Can’t Take It With YouFrank CapraYes11You Can’t Take It With You, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Boys Town, The Citadel, Four Daughters, Grand Illusion, Jezebel, Pygmalion, Test PilotJean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore
1937The Life of Emile ZolaWilliam DieterleNo10The Life of Emile Zola, The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey won best director), Captains Courageous, Dead End, The Good Earth, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Stage Door, A Star is BornPaul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut
1936The Great ZiegfeldRobert Z. LeonardNo9The Great Ziegfeld, Anthony Adverse, Dodsworth, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra won best director), Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, A Tale of Two Cities, Three Smart GirlsWilliam Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer
1935Mutiny on the BountyFrank LloydNo8Mutiny on the Bounty, Alice Adams, Broadway Melody of 1936, Captain Blood, David Copperfield, The Informer (John Ford won best director), Les Miserables, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Naughty Marietta, Ruggles of Red Gap, Top HatCharles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
1934It Happened One NightFrank CapraYes7It Happened One Night, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, The Gay Divorcee, Here Comes the Navy, The House of Rothschild, Imitation of Life, One Night of Love, The Thin Man, Viva Villa, The White ParadeClark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
1932-33CavalcadeFrank LloydYes6Cavalcade, A Farewell to Arms, 42nd Street, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, Lady for a Day, Little Women, The Private Life of Henry VIII, She Done Him Wrong, Smilin’ Thru, State FairDiana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O’Connor
1931-32Grand HotelEdmund GouldingNo5Grand Hotel, Arrowsmith, Bad Girl (Frank Borzage won best director), The Champ, Five Star Final, One Hour With You, Shanghai Express, Smiling LieutenantGreta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford
1930-31CimarronWesley RugglesNo4Cimarron, Skippy (Norman Taurog won best director), East Lynne, The Front Page, Trader HornRichard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor
1929-30All Quiet on the Western Front[1]Lewis MilestoneYes3All Quiet on the Western Front, The Big House, Disraeli, The Divorcee, The Love ParadeLew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray
1928-29The Broadway Melody[1]Harry BeaumontNo2The Broadway Melody, Alibi, Hollywood Revue, In Old Arizona, The Patriot. Frank Lloyd won best director for The Divine Lady.Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King
1927-28Wings / Sunrise[2]William A. Wellman / F. W. MurnauYes1Wings & Sunrise, The Last Command, The Racket, Seventh Heaven, The Way of All FleshClara Bow, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Richard Arlen
George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston
[1]Outstanding production. [2]Effectively two best picture winners were awarded. Surise won an award for “Unique and Artistic Picture” which was dropped the following year. Wings won “Outstanding Picture” which was renamed “Best Picture”. It was retrospectively decided the “Outstanding Picture” award was the highest honor so if you’re not content there are two best picture winners Wings was the winner.

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