The 91st Academy Awards are knocking our doors on Monday, 25 February 2019. The nominations of this year have already been announced and it looks like the event will be an interesting one to watch.
The show honors artistic and technical merit in the film industry that takes place in a year. The films eligibility criteria for nominations is that they must have been released between midnight of 1 January to midnight at the end of 31 December.
Why am I telling this? Well, if you remember the 2009 Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker, then you must know that the film was released in 2008, but it didn’t qualify for the 2008 awards because it did not play Oscar-qualifying run in 2008.
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Over the years, many great films were nominated at the award show, but only a few have been able to reach the mark to win an Academy Award. This year eight masterpieces have been nominated including Black Panther, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, Vice, Roma, BlacKkKlansman, and The Favorite.
It will be interesting to see who bags the Best Picture award this year. Though, we will be looking at the Best Picture winners from last 15 years. So, without further ado, let us jump on the list.
The Shape of Water
Starring Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water is a story of an isolated and mute woman who works as a janitor at a high-security government laboratory.
There she develops a bond with an amphibious creature, who was found in Amazon River and is held at the facility by Colonel Richard Strickland. The film received high praise for portraying such a critical topic with perfection.
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Being called an urgent social document, Moonlight tells the heartbreaking story of a young guy who experiences pain and struggles with his own sexuality. The boy meets a drug dealer, who somehow becomes his mentor and guides the boy to build his own path.
The things said by the drug dealer leaves a lasting impression on the boy and his life changes completely. The film stars Trevante Rhodes and Mahershala Ali, who became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar too.
Starring legends like Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, and Liev Schreiber, Spotlight revolves around a newspaper agency, The Boston Globe.
They hired a new editor, Marty Baron to study and find out about the child molestation charges on Catholic priest Fr. John Geoghan. The film earned six nominations in total out of which, it won two.
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Birdman is easily the best gallows humor film of the decade. The movie revolves around Riggan Thomson, a faded actor who was known for playing the superhero, Birdman. Though, he tries to regain his fame by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation.
During the filming, the supporting actor gets hurt and he needs to find a new person to act in the film and his struggle begins. The film stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.
12 Years A Slave
The adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave revolves around Solomon Northup who is drugged and enslaved by two men who first offered him a job as a musician.
The film’s story is considered as one of the most relatable ones in the history of cinema. The film leaves you with chills and amazement. 12 Years A Slave also won Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o’s performance and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.
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Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, Argo revolves around a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency exfiltration specialist who masquerades as a film producer in order to rescue six Americans who are held during the hostage crisis in Iran.
The film received numerous accolades but was heavily criticized by some for inaccuracies. Argo received seven nominations at the Oscars out of which, it won three.
In the era where people depend on VFX, this simple black and white went on to win the Oscar. The movie revolves around Peppy Miller played by Bérénice Bejo, who falls in with silent movie star George Valentin portrayed by Jean Dujardin.
But, their love story takes a turn when Peppy becomes a megastar and George’s career is failing because of the lesser-silent movies. It was nominated for a total of ten Academy Awards among which it was able to take five home.
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The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech revolves around future King George VI who tries to overcome stammering with the help of an Australian speech and language therapist.
He does this in order to rule his country during the Second World War. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, and Helena Bonham Carter.
The Hurt Locker
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, and Evangeline Lilly, The Hurt Locker tells the story of an Iraq War Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and their lead, whose ruthless approach towards training his team make him the villain.
The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards out of which, it won six. Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the film became the first female director to take Best Director Oscar home.
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The film revolves around a young guy named Jamal from slums of Mumbai who goes as a contestant of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati?’ and is able to answer every question correctly.
After the win, he is being interrogated by the police because of cheating suspicion and then he tries to prove himself not guilty. The film stars Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor.
Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Academy Awards out of 10 for which it was nominated. The film became an international sensation because it was based on the story of an Indian guy.
No Country For Old Men
This cat and mouse thriller revolves around the life of a hunter/ Vietnam war veteran, who discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a drug deal that took place in Texas.
But things take a turn when an enigmatic killer sets out on a pursuit of the hunter. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
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The 2006 crime drama film follows an undercover agent and a mole try to enter an Irish gang in Boston. They not only go against each other but also try to save themselves from the authorities. The film went on to win four Oscars and the cast includes – Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
This film also brought Martin Scorsese his first win as Best Director after six unfortunate losses. Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and DiCaprio was nominated for Best Actor. Though, they didn’t win any among them.
This film is epic because it was able to tell a serious, haunting, and mysterious story with perfection. Crash is set after the events of the September 11 terror attacks in New York and follows a group of strangers who engage themselves in with issues of race, class, family, and redemption.
The film stars Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, and Matt Dillon. The movie received six nominations at the Oscars and was able to snatch three among them.
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Million Dollar Baby
Winning four Academy Awards, Million Dollar Baby follows the story of a waitress who joins a gym ran by an ill-tempered boxing trainer. The waitress asks the trainer to coach her but he refuses it initially.
Though, she convinces him in order to become one of the best boxers in the world. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. Million Dollar Baby is considered one of the best boxing movies ever made.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Considered as one of the greatest films ever made, LOTR: The Return of the King won all 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated. The film follows two Hobbits who follow Gollum to reach Mount Doom for destroying the One Ring.
It also broke the record for a highest clean sweep at the Oscars and also becoming the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar. The movie stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.
That’s all, for now! Before you leave, tell us who do you think will win the award for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards.
P.S. – We will update the list after winners are declared.