This time of year is magical for many as many from around the world come together to celebrate the previous year in film. The Academy Awards highlight the glitz, glamor, the mystic, and everything that takes us on a journey into mysterious worlds separate from our own. After the awards last night, it’s appropriate to look back in the past at previous winners of Best Picture.
There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen. – Edward Zwick
Thinking about the Academy Awards always brings up the debate around what are some of the best films that have won the Oscars. While there will never be a wildly agreed upon consensus, fans of the Oscars will continue to debate their favorite films with passion. With so many fantastic winners of Best Picture throughout the previous 88 award ceremonies, it is quite difficult to narrow the list to just 15.
This past years Oscars was full of controversy and intrigue. This list may have some controversial entries and omissions, yet that’s what makes it interesting! Each movie listed is well deserving of recognition and this years Best Picture winner Spotlight narrowly missed the list.
People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. –Steven Spielberg
The following is the list of the 15 best films to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards!
15. 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Want a movie that tackles the harsh realities of 19th-century slavery in the United States? This is most certainly your movie as this incredible artwork refuses to sugarcoat the deplorable circumstances around slavery. Director Steve McQueen did a masterful job of bringing the stories narrative to life and bringing out top notch performances from his cast.
Lupita Nyong’o delivered such a powerful performance it led to her winning Best Supporting Actress. Combining the stellar writing (John Ridley won an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay) , direction, acting (Chiwetel Ejiofor & Michael Fassbender were nominated for awards), and cinematography it makes for a moving film that all should go out of their way to see.