Out of nearly 90 Oscar ceremonies, there are only a handful of times that the Best Picture winner seemingly went to the right candidate. If you look back at past winners, ‘How Green Was My Valley’ won over ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Going My Way’ beat ‘Double Indemnity,’ and ‘Rocky’ triumphed over ‘All the President’s Men,’ Network, ‘Bound for Glory’ and ‘Taxi Driver.’ Are these best picture winner bad? Not quite, but these three winners seemed to get their top prize over hype.
When did the Oscar for Best Picture get it right? There were times when the Oscar for Best Picture was handed over to masterpieces and today in this article we are going to talk about them.
So here are the 10 times Oscar for Best Picture went to Actual Masterpieces.
1. It Happened One Night (1934) Dir. Frank Capra
A rich and spoiled girl who has recently ran away from her home, is helped and supported by a reporter, whose actual intention is to get a story out of her rather than help her.
2. Casablanca (1943) Dir. Michael Curtiz
In the midst of World War 2, a girl with her fiance visit a night bar in Casablanca. As she spots the owner of the bar, a past relationship is rekindled that engrossed some tragedies and wounds, still fresh.
Probably, one of the best films of the time, and it really deserves the Oscar for the Best Picture. Casablanca went on to become the masterpiece and got the status quo it deserves.
3. All About Eve (1950) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
An already established theatre actress, Margo hires a personal assistant, Eve. Unaware of Eve’s attention who wants to take Margo’s place in theatre circle, Margo trusts Eve blindly, until she gets to know her truth.
4. On the Waterfront (1954) Dir. Elia Kazan
A factory worker works for a Gang lord, until she meets a girl whose brother was killed by the gang lord. When the factory worker learns the truth, he revolts against the gang lord.
5. The Apartment (1960) Dir. Billy Wilder
An insurance clerk lends his apartment to his executives to carry out extra marital affairs. Things get pretty absurd when he finds out about the relationship between a girl he loves and the boss he works for, who often use his apartment.
6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Dir. David Lean
Based on the true life incidents of T.E. Lawrence who helped in uniting the Arab tribes during the First World War so that they would fight against the Turks and help the British Army.
7. The Godfather 1 and 2 (1972, 1974) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Based on Mario Puzo’s masterpiece novel of the same name, It is the story of organised crime in America, where the son of a established Don, refuses to work for his father until circumstances force him into the family business of bloodshed.
8. The Silence of The Lambs (1991) Dir. Jonathan Demme
An FBI agent seeks help of psychopathic serial killer in order to catch another serial killer who is targeting only female victims.
9. Schindler’s List (1993) Dir. Steven Spielberg
Based on the real life of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party who tries to save the Jewish workers of his family so as to save them from bloodshed and murder by the Nazi Army.
10. No Country for Old Men (2007) Dir. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
A hunter finds out 2 million cash in a drug deal gone wrong, but before he can run away and rejoice, he is chased by a psychopathic assassin who would go to any extend to recover the money.
Hence we conclude our list of ‘10 times Oscar for Best Picture went to Actual Masterpieces’ … In case you want to recommend a film for the list, please leave it in the comments section.
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