Subscribe to Mic Daily
We’ll send you a rundown of the top five stories every day

The highest honor for a film in Hollywood is an award for best picture at the Oscars. The nine films nominated for the most coveted award this year are Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.  

Producers and cast of 'Spotlight' accept award for best picture at the Oscars in 2016.Source: Chris Pizzello/AP
Producers and cast of 'Spotlight' accept award for best picture at the Oscars in 2016.  Chris Pizzello/AP

In 2016, the best picture award went to Spotlight, the film about a team of Boston Globe investigative journalists who uncovered a story on a priest accused of pedophilia. We'll see who wins the next best picture award when the Oscars air on ABC Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern and 4 p.m. Pacific. 

As we wait to see who will be given the top accolade, go back in time and check out a full list of best picture winners beginning in 1929. 


1929: Wings


1930: The Broadway Melody 
1930: All Quiet on the Western Front 
1931: Cimarron
1932: Grand Hotel
1934: Cavalcade
1935: It Happened One Night
1936: Mutiny on the Bounty
1937: The Great Ziegfeld
1938: The Life of Emile Zola
1939: You Can't Take It With You

A scene from 1933 Oscar winner 'Grand Hotel'  Giphy


1940: Gone With the Wind  
1941: Rebecca
1942: How Green Was My Valley
1943: Mrs. Miniver
1944: Casablanca
1945: Going My Way
1946: The Lost Weekend
1947: The Best Years of Our Lives
1948: Gentleman's Agreement
1949: Hamlet

'Gone With the Wind' won an Oscar for best picture in 1940.  Giphy


1950: All the King's Men
1951: All About Eve
1952: An American in Paris
1953: The Greatest Show on Earth
1954: From Here to Eternity
1955: On the Waterfront
1956: Marty
1957: Around the World in 80 Days
1958: The Bridge on the River Kwai
1959: Gigi

In 1951, 'All About Eve' won best picture at the Oscars.  Giphy


1960: Ben-Hur
1961: The Apartment
1962: West Side Story
1963: Lawrence of Arabia
1964: Tom Jones
1965: My Fair Lady
1966: The Sound of Music
1967: A Man for All Seasons
1968: In the Heat of the Night
1969: Oliver!

'West Side Story' was awarded best picture in 1962.  Giphy


1970: Midnight Cowboy
1971: Patton
1972: The French Connection
1973: The Godfather
1974: The Sting
1975: The Godfather Part II  
1976: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
1977: Rocky
1978: Annie Hall
1979: The Deer Hunter

'The Godfather' and 'The Godfather II' won best picture in 1973 and 1975.  Giphy


1980: Kramer vs. Kramer
1981: Ordinary People
1982: Chariots of Fire
1983: Gandhi
1984: Terms of Endearment
1985: Amadeus
1986: Out of Africa
1987: Platoon
1988: The Last Emperor
1989: Rain Man

'Rain Man' was awarded best picture in 1989.  Giphy


1990: Driving Miss Daisy
1991: Dances With Wolves
1992: The Silence of the Lambs
1993: Unforgiven
1994: Schindler's List
1995: Forrest Gump
1996: Braveheart
1997: The English Patient
1998: Titantic
1999: Shakespeare in Love

'The Silence of the Lambs' took home best picture in 1992.  Giphy


2000: American Beauty
2001: Gladiator
2002: A Beautiful Mind
2003: Chicago
2004: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2005: Million Dollar Baby
2006: Crash
2007: The Departed
2008: No Country for Old Men
2009: Slumdog Millionaire

'The Departed' won best picture in 2007.  Giphy


2010: The Hurt Locker
2011: The King's Speech
2012: The Artist
2013: Argo
2014: 12 Years a Slave
2015: Birdman
2016: Spotlight

'12 Years a Slave' won the award for best picture in 2014.  Giphy

Mic has ongoing Oscars coverage. Please follow our main Oscars hub.

Natelegé Whaley
Culture Reporter
Related stories by this author