Best Picture Winners

Thursday, August 4 by Shawn Lealos

There have been many fantastic best picture winners over the years that have taken home gold statues from the Oscars. The movies are always in a variety of genres, from the western to the musical to the thrillers and even to Bollywood films. These movies won the industry’s highest honor and are the best of the best.

  1. “Slumdog Millionaire” Danny Boyle, the director of such films as “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later”, created this sweet Bollywood love story, which was a best picture winner in 2008. The movie follows a street kid who uses his chance on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” to win over his love.
  2. “No Country for Old Men” – The Coen brothers created their best picture winner in 2007, the story of a down-on-his-luck hunter who comes across a fortune in drugs and cash, littered with dead bodies. When he takes the loot, he finds himself on the run from a ruthless killing machine.
  3. “The Departed”Martin Scorsese had seen many of his greatest pictures ignored when the best picture winners were announced. However, in 2007 he finally heard his name called for this adaptation of the Asian crime thriller, “Infernal Affairs.” The movie pits a cop undercover in the mob with a mobster undercover on the police force.
  4. “The Return of the King”Peter Jackson finally took home the big honors with his third movie in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The movie won eleven Oscars as it wrapped up the story of Frodo and his quest to reach the end of his journey and discard the evil ring.
  5. “Unforgiven”Clint Eastwood brought the western movie back from the grave and his film was the best picture winner of the 1993 Oscars. Eastwood stars as an old west outlaw in retirement who ends up face-to-face with a ruthless lawman, played by Gene Hackman.
  6. “Silence of the Lambs” – This is one of the closest horror themed movies to become a best picture winner. Jodie Foster stars as an FBI agent who is tasked with interviewing a brilliant imprisoned cannibal named Hannibal Lecter in order to help her capture a serial killer on the loose.
  7. “Rocky”Sylvester Stallone wrote the first movie in the “Rocky” film series and watched as it was named the best picture winner of 1977. Stallone played a small-time boxer who finally received the chance to fight the heavyweight champion of the world.
  8. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”Jack Nicholson stars in this adaptation of the classic novel, playing a petty criminal who accepts entrance into a mental asylum to avoid jail time. While in the institution, Nicholson begins to help the other patients earn their freedom and deal with the insanity.
  9. “The Godfather Part II” – Francis Ford Coppola earned Oscar awards for the first two movies in this series, including the superior second installment. Two stories are intertwined as Michael attempts to step into his father’s shoes while flashbacks showed how Vito took over the mafia to begin with.
  10. “Lawrence of Arabia” – David Lean directs this masterpiece of cinema, a biopic of the legendary explorer T.E. Lawrence. The movie follows Lawrence as he sets out for Arabia during the Great War and begins to question his loyalty and patriotism along the way.

-Shawn Lealos