The final day!

The Best Picture award went through several different name changes.  This name has been used since 1962.

  • 1927/281928/29Academy Award for Outstanding Picture
  • 1929/301940Academy Award for Outstanding Production
  • 19411943Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 19441961Academy Award for Best Motion Picture
  • 1962–present: Academy Award for Best Picture

Captain Blood


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis, Harry Joe Brown, and Gordon Hollingshead)

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Best Director (Michael Curtiz-write in nod)

Best AdaptationCasey Robinson

Best Scoring-Warner Bros.-First National Studio Music Department-another write in

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

Errol Flynn’s breakthrough film.



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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)

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Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreMiklos Rozsa

Best Color Cinematography-F.A. Young

SPOILER ALERT!  He doesn’t wind up with Elizabeth Taylor.

Mutiny on the Bounty


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Aaron Rosenberg)

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Best Original ScoreBronislau Kaper

Best Song“Follow Me” by Bronislau Kaper (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)

Best Art Direction, Color-George W. Davis and J. McMillian Johnson (Art Direction); Henry Grace and Hugh Hunt (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyRobert L. Surtees

Best Film EditingJohn McSweeney, Jr.

Best Visual EffectsA. Arnold Gillespie and Milo B. Lory

This movie set was a nightmare.

The Music Man


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Oscar Winner

Best Adaptation or Treatment ScoreRay Heindorf

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Morton DaCosta)

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Best Sound RecordingGeorge R. Groves

Best Art Direction, Color-Paul Groesse (Art Direction) and George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorDorothy Jeakins

Best Film EditingWilliam H. Ziegler

Shirley Jones was pregnant during the making of this film.  In fact, during a romantic scene, Robert Preston held her so close that her unborn baby kicked so hard that Preston felt it!

The Yearling


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Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyCharles Rosher, Leonard Smith, and Arthur Arling

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Sidney Franklin)

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Best Director (Clarence Brown)

Best ActorGregory Peck as Ezra “Penny” Baxter

Best ActressJane Wyman as Ora Baxter

Best Film Editing-Harold Kress

Jane Wyman’s daughter Maureen saw the movie and wouldn’t speak to her mother for days.



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Richard Attenborough)

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Best Director (Richard Attenborough)

Best ActorBen Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi

Best Original ScreenplayJohn Briley

Best Art DirectionStuart Craig and Robert W. Laing (Art Direction); Michael Seirton (Set Decoration)

Best Costume DesignJohn Mollo and Bhanu Athaiya

Best CinematographyBilly Williams and Ronnie Taylor

Best Film EditingJohn Bloom

Oscar Nominations

Best Original ScoreRavi Shankar and George Fenton

Best SoundGerry Humphreys, Robin O’Donoghue, Jonathan Bates, and Simon Kaye

Best Makeup-Tom Smith

Apparently, you need to watch this movie baked.  I’ll let The 40-Year-Old Virgin explain:



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr. and Bruce Davey)

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Best Director (Mel Gibson)

Best Sound Effects EditingLon Bender and Per Hallberg

Best MakeupPeter Frampton, Paul Pattison, and Lois Burwell

Best CinematographyJohn Toll

Oscar Nominations

Best Original ScreenplayRandall Wallace

Best Original Dramatic ScoreJames Horner

Best SoundAndy Nelson, Scott Millan, Anna Behlmer, and Brian Simmons

Best Costume DesignCharles Knode

Best Film EditingSteven Rosenblum

Didn’t Gibson wear a kilt to the Oscars?



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Sam Zimbalist)

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Best Director (William Wyler)

Best ActorCharlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur

Best Supporting ActorHugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMiklos Rozsa

Best Sound RecordingFranklin Milton

Best Art Direction, ColorWilliam A. Horning-posthumous and Edward Carfagno (Art Direction); Hugh Hunt (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyRobert L. Surtees

Best Costume Design, Color-Elizabeth Haffenden

Best Film EditingRalph E. Winters and John D. Dunning

Best Special EffectsA. Arnold Gillespie, Robert MacDonald, and Milo Lory

Oscar Nominations

Best Adapted ScreenplayKarl Tunberg

Won 11 Oscars, only Titanic and The Return of the King have tied it.



Five Star Final


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)

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An editor searches for sensational headlines at any cost.  Somethings never change.

Lost Horizon


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Oscar Winners

Best Art DirectionStephen Goosson

Best Film Editing-Gene Havlick and Gene Milford

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Frank Capra)

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Best Supporting ActorH.B. Warner as Chang

Best Scoring-Columbia Studio Music Department

Best Sound RecordingJohn Livadary

Best Assistant Director-C.C. Coleman, Jr.

One of the most expensive movies ever made at that time.

The Nun’s Story


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Henry Blanke)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActressAudrey Hepburn as Sister Luke

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Anderson

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureFranz Waxman

Best Sound RecordingGeorge Groves

Best Color CinematographyFranz Planer

Best Film Editing-Walter Thompson

Audrey Hepburn becomes a nun because she wants to be a missionary nurse.

The Great Dictator


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Charlie Chaplin)

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Best ActorCharlie Chaplin as The Barber/Adenoid Hynkel

Best Supporting ActorJack Oakie as Benzino Napaloni

Best Original ScreenplayCharlie Chaplin

Best Original ScoreMeredith Wilson

Chaplin’s talking debut.

Foreign Correspondent


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Walter Wanger)

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Best Supporting ActorAlbert Bassermann as Van Meer

Best Original ScreenplayCharles Bennett and Joan Harrison

Best B&W Art DirectionAlexander Golitzen

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Best Special EffectsPaul Eagler and Thomas T. Moulton

This is what Eagler and Moulton won for

The Guns of Navarone


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Oscar Winner

Best Special EffectsBill Warrington and Vivian C. Greenham

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Carl Foreman)

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Best Director (J. Lee Thompson)

Best Adapted ScreenplayCarl Foreman

Best Musical Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Best Sound-John Cox

Best Film Editing-Alan Osbiston

Guys climb mountain to destroy Nazi guns.

Annie Hall


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Charles H. Joffe)

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Best Director (Woody Allen)

Best ActressDiane Keaton as Annie Hall

Best Original ScreenplayWoody Allen and Marshall Brickman

Oscar Nomination

Best ActorWoody Allen as Alvy “Max” Singer

Diane Keaton’s real name is Diane Hall and her childhood nickname was “Annie.”

Kramer vs. Kramer


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Stanley R. Jaffe)

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Best Director (Robert Benton)

Best ActorDustin Hoffman as Ted Kramer

Best Supporting ActressMeryl Streep as Joanna Kramer

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Benton

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorJustin Henry as Billy Kramer

Best Supporting ActressJane Alexander as Margaret Phelps

Best CinematographyNestor Almendros

Best Film EditingGerald B. Greenberg

Robert Benton will be getting a tribute at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival.

A Man for All Seasons


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Fred Zinnemann)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActorPaul Scofield as Sir Thomas More

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Bolt

Best Color CinematographyTed Moore

Best Costume Design, Color-Joan Bridge and Elizabeth Haffenden

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorRobert Shaw as King Henry VII

Best Supporting ActressWendy Hiller as Alice More

Sir Thomas More was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935.

The Great Ziegfeld


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)

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Best ActressLuise Rainer as Anna Held

Best Dance Direction-Seymour Felix

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Original StoryWilliam Anthony McGuire

Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu, and Edwin B. Willis

Best Film Editing-William S. Gray

The fourth pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Naughty Marietta


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Oscar Winner

Best Sound RecordingDouglas Shearer

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)

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The first teaming of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.


Heading into the homestretch…

The Crowd


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Oscar Nominations

Best Unique and Artistic Production (Irving Thalberg)

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Best Director, Dramatic Picture (King Vidor)

This was the only year the Academy had two Best Picture awards.  They were combined into one the next year.

Smilin’ Through


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg)

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Norma Shearer and Fredric March played dual roles.

Stage Door


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)

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Best Director (Gregory La Cava)

Best Supporting ActressAndrea Leeds as Kay Hamilton

Best AdaptationMorris Ryskind and Anthony Veiller

Watch Kate and Ginger snark at each other!

Double Indemnity


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph Sistrom)

Best Director (Billy Wilder)

Best ActressBarbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson

Best ScreenplayRaymond Chandler and Billy Wilder

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMiklos Rozsa

Best Sound Recording-Loren L. Ryder

Best B&W CinematographyJohn F. Seitz

I always thought that Stanwyck looked like she does in this movie.  I thought she had really bad hair.  Boy, was I wrong.

Anchors Aweigh


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Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureGeorgie Stoll

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joe Pasternak)

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Best ActorGene Kelly as Joseph “Joe” Brady

Best Song“I Fall in Love Too Easily” by Jule Styne (Music) and Sammy Cahn (Lyrics)

Best Color CinematographyRobert Planck and Charles P. Boyle

The first teaming of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  In the three films Sinatra co-starred with Kelly, he always played a shy guy who had trouble with the ladies.  Casting against type at its finest.

The Pride of the Yankees


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Oscar Winner

Best Film EditingDaniel Mandell

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Samuel Goldwyn)

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Best ActorGary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

Best ActressTeresa Wright as Eleanor Gehrig

Best Original Motion Picture StoryPaul Gallico

Best ScreenplayHerman J. Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureLeigh Harline

Best Sound RecordingThomas T. Moulton

Best B&W Art Direction-Perry Ferguson (Art Direction) and Howard Bristol (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Wright is one of the few people who was nominated in two different acting categories.  The last person to achieve this was Jamie Foxx in 2004.



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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert B. Radnitz)

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Best ActorPaul Winfield as Nathan Lee Morgan

Best ActressCicely Tyson as Rebecca Morgan

Best Adapted ScreenplayLonne Elder III

The young boy who played David directed a television remake of this film which aired in 2003.

An American in Paris


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Arthur Freed)

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Best Story and ScreenplayAlan Jay Lerner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureJohnny Green and Saul Chaplin

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons and Preston Ames (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Keogh Gleason (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyAlfred Gilks and John Alton (ballet sequence)

Best Color Costume DesignOrry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, and Irene Sharaff

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)

Best Film EditingAdrienne Fazan

My Fair Lady


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Jack L. Warner)

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Best Director (George Cukor)

Best ActorRex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins

Best Original ScoreRobert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman

Best Adaptation or Treatment Score-Andre Previn

Best SoundGeorge Groves

Best Art Direction, ColorGene Allen and Cecil Beaton (Art Direction); George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyHarry Stradling

Best Costume Design, ColorCecil Beaton

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorStanley Holloway as Alfred P. Doolittle

Best Supporting ActressGladys Cooper as Mrs. Higgins

Best Adapted ScreenplayAlan Jay Lerner

Best Film EditingWilliam H. Ziegler

Audrey Hepburn wasn’t even nominated!



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Jack Woolf)

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Best Director (Carol Reed)

Best Original or Adaptation ScoreJohn Green

Best Sound-Shepperton Studio Sound Dept.

Best Art DirectionJohn Box and Terence Marsh (Art Direction); Vernon Dixon and Ken Muggleston (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best ActorRon Moody as Fagin

Best Supporting ActorJack Wild as Jack Dawkins aka “The Artful Dodger”

Best Adapted ScreenplayVernon Harris

Best Costume DesignPhyllis Dalton

Best CinematographyOswald Morris

Best Film Editing-Ralph Kemplen

The musical version of Dicken’s Oliver Twist.

The Broadway Melody


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Oscar Winner

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg and Lawrence Weingarten)

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Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Harry Beaumont)

Best ActressBessie Love as Harriet “Hank” Mahoney

The musical numbers are nice.  That’s all I have to say.


I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)

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Best ActorPaul Muni as James Allen

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

This film helped bring about the end of the Georgia chain-gang system.

Grand Illusion


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Frank Rollmer and Albert Pinkovitch)

The first foreign film to be nominated for Best Picture.

Broadway Melody of 1936


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Oscar Winner

Best Dance DirectionDave Gould

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John W. Considine, Jr.)

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Best Original StoryMoss Hart

Just watch the dancing.



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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Sidney Franklin)

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Best ActressGreta Garbo as Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushova

Best StoryMelchior Lengyel

Best ScreenplayCharles Brackett, Walter Reisch, and Billy Wilder

Garbo’s first comedy and then she made another comedy and it stunk, so she retired.

Auntie Mame


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Jack L. Warner)

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Best ActressRosalind Russell as Mame Dennis

Best Supporting ActressPeggy Cass as Agnes Gooch

Best Art Direction-Malcolm Bert (Art Direction) and George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyHarry Stradling, Sr.

Best Film EditingWilliam Ziegler

Auntie Mame raises her nephew to live!

Mildred Pierce


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Oscar Winner

Best ActressJoan Crawford as Mildred Pierce Beragon

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Jerry Wald)

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Best Supporting ActressEve Arden and Ann Blyth as Ida Corwin and Veda Pierce Forrester

Best ScreenplayRanald MacDougall

Best B&W CinematographyErnest Haller

Mildred’s daughter is a spoiled little bitch.

Father of the Bride


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)

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Best ActorSpencer Tracy as Stanley T. Banks

Best ScreenplayFrances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Tracy discovers planning a wedding is hell.

The Bridge on the River Kwai


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Sam Spiegel)

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Best Director (David Lean)

Best ActorAlec Guinness as Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson

Best Adapted ScreenplayMichael Wilson, Carl Foreman, and Pierre Boulle

Best Original ScoreMalcolm Arnold

Best Cinematography