Academy Award for Best Picture facts for kids

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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.







  • 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



  • 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



  • 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 (movie) - Fox Searchlight - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole

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