With the 88th Academy Awards taking place in Hollywood this Sunday, 28th February, we thought it would be an ideal time to take a trip down Oscar Memory Lane and divulge our favourite winners of the ‘Best Picture’ award from the past five decades!
The films listed below are classics in our opinion. Check them out for yourself and we’re sure you’ll agree...
Midnight Cowboy - 1970
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Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama, based on the 1965 novel of the same name. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It stars Dustin Hoffman playing a dishevelled character with the nickname “Ratzo” and a naive Jon Voight as “Joe Buck”. It is the story of a young man trying to make it as a male prostitute in 1960’s Manhattan, and the bond he develops with a young hustler.
The Godfather - 1973
The Godfather, widely recognised for its iconic film poster featuring its star Marlon Brando, is a 1972 American crime drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. This film that captures the brutality of mafia families and how there is no escape from the hard world in which they live. It is dark and slow moving but keeps you on the edge of your seat from scene to scene. Oh, and if you like it, there’s two more in the trilogy!
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - 1976
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 American comedy-drama film directed by Miloš Forman, also adapted from a novel for the silver screen. It follows Jack Nicholson’s Randle McMurphy, who instead of going to jail takes what he deems the easy way out, is sentenced to a mental institution. However, once in the confines of this institute, he soon learns he has made a terrible mistake.
Rocky - 1977
Rocky is a 1976 American sports-drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to richesAmerican Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. This film is not just for boxing fans; in fact, the theme is really about overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself oneself.
Annie Hall - 1978
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by and starring Woody Allen, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. The finest of Allen’s films, Annie Hall investigates the absurdity of relationships. Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, is trying to understand the reasoning behind his failed relationship with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). With classic Woody Allen dialogue like “That sex was the most fun I've ever had without laughing” throughout, this film is guaranteed to have you falling deeper into the kind of world only Woody Allen can create.
Rain Man - 1989
Jumping over a decade, our next ‘Best Picture' Picks is Rain Man. A 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It stars Tom Cruise as an abrasive and selfish young wheeler-dealer, Charlie Babbitt, who discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed all of his multimillion-dollar estate to his other son, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant, of whose existence Charlie was unaware.
The Artist - 2012
The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius. Set in Hollywood between the booming years of silent movies and to the rise in popularity of movies with sound or “talkies”, it focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star (Jean Dujardin) and a rising young actress (Bérénice Bejo). Bar one jarring scene The Artist is a silent film itself and uses this method to great effect in surprising situations. This film also saw Jean Dujardin become the first French male actor ever to receive an Oscar. Prior to this, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche were the only French actors to receive the coveted golden statue for La Vie en Rose and The English Patient respectively!
The question is, who do you think will win this year? The 2016 Oscars have a pretty diverse range of Best Picture nominees; with Bridge of Spies, Mad Max, The Revenant, Spotlight, The Martian, The Big Short, Brooklyn and Room all fighting for the gold statuette!
We’ve got our fingers crossed for Dubliner Lenny Abrahamson and the cast and crew of Room!