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The Academy Awards: Oscars 'Best Picture' - Wings 1927 to 12 Years a Slave 2013

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The 86th Academy Awards will be televised live on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT on ABC television. The Oscars (Academy Awards) will be handed out in a ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producing the event in which Hollywood honors itself for – what it believes are – the best in motion pictures for the past year. The celebration is taking place in Beverly Hills, California, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater.

In 2014, nine movies have been nominated for Best Picture, as has been the case since 2009. Those movies are “American” Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Update: "12 Years a Slave" won best picture

One of the movies will join a current list of 85 motion pictures which have been honored as “Best Movie” of the year. The movies which have received the distinction are listed below, in chronological order of the year they were chosen by the Academy.

The Oscars' Best Movies: 1927-Present

  • Wings – 1927/1928
  • The Broadway Melody – 1928/1929
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – 1929/1930
  • Cimarron – 1930/1931
  • Grand Hotel – 1931/1932
  • Cavalcade – 1932/1933
  • It Happened One Night – 1934
  • Mutiny on the Bounty – 1935
  • The Great Ziegfeld – 1936
  • Life of Emile Zola – 1937
  • You Can’t Take It with You – 1938
  • Gone with the Wind – 1939
  • Rebecca – 1940
  • How Green Was My Valley – 1941
  • Mrs. Miniver – 1942
  • Casablanca – 1943
  • Going My Way – 1944
  • The Lost Weekend – 1945
  • The Best Years of Our Lives – 1946
  • Gentleman’s Agreement – 1947
  • Hamlet – 1948
  • All the King’s Men – 1949
  • All About Eve – 1950
  • An American in Paris – 1951
  • The Greatest Show on Earth – 1952
  • From Here to Eternity – 1953
  • On the Waterfront 1954
  • Marty – 1955
  • Around the World in 80 Days – 1956
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai – 1957
  • Gigi – 1958
  • Ben-Hur – 1959
  • The Apartment – 1960
  • West Side Story – 1961
  • Lawrence of Arabia – 1962
  • Tom Jones – 1963
  • My Fair Lady – 1964
  • The Sound of Music – 1965
  • Man for All Seasons – 1966
  • In the Heat of the Night – 1967
  • Oliver! – 1968
  • Midnight Cowboy – 1969
  • Patton – 1970
  • The French Connection – 1971
  • The Godfather – 1972
  • The Sting – 1973
  • The Godfather Part II – 1974
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – 1975
  • Rocky – 1976
  • Annie Hall – 1977
  • The Deer Hunter – 1978
  • Kramer vs. Kramer – 1979
  • Ordinary People – 1980
  • Chariots of Fire – 1981
  • Gandhi – 1982
  • Terms of Endearment – 1983
  • Amadeus – 1984
  • Out of Africa – 1985
  • Platoon – 1986
  • The Last Emperor – 1987
  • Rain Man – 1988
  • Driving Miss Daisy – 1989
  • Dances with Wolves – 1990
  • The Silence of the Lambs – 1991
  • Unforgiven – 1992
  • Schindler’s List – 1993
  • Forrest Gump – 1994
  • Braveheart – 1995
  • The English Patient – 1996
  • Titanic – 1997
  • Shakespeare in Love – 1998
  • American Beauty – 1999
  • Gladiator – 2000
  • A Beautiful Mind – 2001
  • Chicago – 2002
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003
  • Million Dollar Baby – 2004
  • Crash – 2005
  • The Departed – 2006
  • No Country for Old Men – 2007
  • Slumdog Millionaire – 2008
  • The Hurt Locker – 2009
  • The King’s Speech – 2010
  • The Artist – 2011
  • Argo – 2012
  • 12 Years a Slave - 2013

In 1928, the award for “Best Picture” was actually called “Outstanding Picture.” The award’s name changed to “Outstanding Production in 1929. It then changed to “Outstanding Motion Picture” in 1941. In 1944, the name was changed again – to “Best Motion Picture. Since 1962, the award has been called “Best Picture.”

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