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The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards. Also called Oscars, the Academy Awards are given to people working in the movie industry by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The name of the award has changed over time. It was first Outstanding Picture in 1927. In 1930, the name was changed to Best Picture. It is still called that today.

In the list below are the winners of the award for each year. A list of the winners and other nominees is in the main article for each decade.

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

  • 1950 All About Eve - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck
  • 1951 An American in Paris - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Arthur Freed
  • 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth - DeMille, Paramount - Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1953 From Here to Eternity - Columbia - Buddy Adler
  • 1954 On the Waterfront - Horizon-American, Columbia - Sam Spiegel
  • 1955 Marty - Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists - Harold Hecht
  • 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days - Todd, United Artists - Michael Todd
  • 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai - Horizon, Columbia - Sam Spiegel
  • 1958 Gigi - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Arthur Freed
  • 1959 Ben-Hur - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sam Zimbalist

1960s

1970s

  • 1970 Patton - 20th Century-Fox - Frank McCarthy
  • 1971 The French Connection - D'Antoni-Schine-Moore, 20th Century-Fox - Philip D'Antoni
  • 1972 The Godfather - Ruddy, Paramount - Albert S. Ruddy
  • 1973 The Sting - Bill/Phillips-Hill, Zanuck/Brown, Universal - Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips
  • 1974 The Godfather, Part II - Coppola Company, Paramount - Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos
  • 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Fantasy Films, United Artists - Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas
  • 1976 Rocky - Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists - Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • 1977 Annie Hall - Rollins-Joffe, United Artists - Charles H. Joffe
  • 1978 The Deer Hunter - EMI Films/Cimino, Universal - Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall
  • 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia - Stanley R. Jaffe

1980s

  • 1980 Ordinary People - Wildwood, Paramount - Ronald L. Schwary
  • 1981 Chariots of Fire - Enigma, The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. - David Puttnam
  • 1982 Gandhi - Indo-British Films, Columbia - Richard Attenborough
  • 1983 Terms of Endearment - Brooks, Paramount - James L. Brooks
  • 1984 Amadeus - Barrandov Studios - Zaentz, Orion - Saul Zaentz
  • 1985 Out of Africa - Universal - Sydney Pollack
  • 1986 Platoon - Hemdale, Orion - Arnold Kopelson
  • 1987 The Last Emperor - Hemdale, Columbia - Jeremy Thomas
  • 1988 Rain Man - Mirage Entertainment, Star Partners II, United Artists - Mark Johnson
  • 1989 Driving Miss Daisy - Majestic Films International, Zanuck Company., Warner Bros. - Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck

1990s

  • 1990 Dances with Wolves - Tig Productions, Majestic Films International - Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner
  • 1991 The Silence of the Lambs - Orion Pictures Corp. - Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Ron Bozman
  • 1992 Unforgiven - Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros. - Clint Eastwood
  • 1993 Schindler's List - Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures - Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, Branko Lustig
  • 1994 Forrest Gump - Paramount Pictures - Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, Steve Starkey
  • 1995 Braveheart - 20th Century Fox, B. H. Finance C. V., Icon Entertainment International, Paramount Pictures, The Ladd Company - Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr., Bruce Davey
  • 1996 The English Patient - J&M Entertainment, Miramax Films, Tiger Moth Productions - Saul Zaentz
  • 1997 Titanic - 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Paramount Pictures - James Cameron, Jon Landau
  • 1998 Shakespeare in Love - Bedford Falls Productions, Miramax Films, Universal Pictures - David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman
  • 1999 American Beauty - DreamWorks SKG, Jinks/Cohen Company - Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks

2000s

2010s

  • 2010 The Kings Speech - The Wienstein Co. Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, & Gareth Unwin
  • 2011 The Artist - La Petite Reine, ARP Sélection, Weinstein Co.. Thomas Langmann
  • 2012 Argo - Warner Bros - Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • 2013 12 Years a Slave - Fox Searchlight - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, and Anthony Katagas
  • 2014 Birdman - Fox Searchlight - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole
  • 2015 Spotlight
  • 2016 Moonlight
  • 2017 The Shape of Water
  • 2018 Green Book
  • 2019 Parasite
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