List of best picture Oscar winners
and other Academy Award nominees

         Updated: February 2016

Who beat who for best picture Oscar: Year indicates year/period for which films were judged, not year of ceremony. Sources:, Internet Movie Database, Wikipedia

2015: Spotlight — beat The Revenant, The Big Short, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn

2014: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — beat American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash

2013: 12 Years a Slave — beat Gravity, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips, Nebraska

2012: Argo — beat Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild

2011: The Artist — beat The Help, The Descendants, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

2010: The King’s Speech — beat 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone

2009: The Hurt Locker — beat Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air

2008: Slumdog Millionaire — beat Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Reader

2007: No Country for Old Men — beat Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood

2006: The Departed — beat Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen

2005: Crash — beat Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich

2004: Million Dollar Baby — beat Finding Neverland, Ray, Sideways, The Aviator

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — beat Lost in Translation, Master and Commander, Mystic River, Seabiscuit

2002: Chicago — beat Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist

2001: A Beautiful Mind — beat Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, Moulin Rouge, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2000: Gladiator — beat Chocolat, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

1999: American Beauty — beat The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, The Sixth Sense

1998: Shakespeare in Love — beat Elizabeth, Life is Beautiful, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line

1997: Titanic — beat As Good as It Gets, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, The Full Monty

1996: The English Patient — beat Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets & Lies, Shine

1995: Braveheart — beat Apollo 13, Babe, The Postman, Sense and Sensibility

1994: Forrest Gump — beat Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank Redemption

1993: Schindler's List — beat In the Name of the Father, The Fugitive, The Piano, The Remains of the Day

1992: Unforgiven — beat A Few Good Men, Howards End, Scent of a Woman, The Crying Game

1991: The Silence of the Lambs — beat Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy, JFK, The Prince of Tides

1990: Dances With Wolves — beat Awakenings, Ghost, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Part III

1989: Driving Miss Daisy — beat Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

1988: Rain Man — beat Dangerous Liaisons, Mississippi Burning, The Accidental Tourist, Working Girl

1987: The Last Emperor — beat Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, Moonstruck

1986: Platoon — beat A Room with a View, Children of a Lesser God, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission

1985: Out of Africa — beat Kiss of the Spider Woman, Prizzi’s Honor, The Color Purple, Witness

1984: Amadeus — beat A Passage to India, A Soldier’s Story, Places in the Heart, The Killing Fields

1983: Terms of Endearment — beat Tender Mercies, The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right Stuff

1982: Gandhi — beat E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Missing, The Verdict, Tootsie

1981: Chariots of Fire — beat Atlantic City, On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reds

1980: Ordinary People — beat Coal Miner’s Daughter, Raging Bull, Tess, The Elephant Man

1979: Kramer vs. Kramer — beat All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, Norma Rae

1978: The Deer Hunter — beat An Unmarried Woman, Coming Home, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Express

1977: Annie Hall — beat Julia, Star Wars, The Goodbye Girl, The Turning Point

1976: Rocky — beat All the President’s Men, Bound for Glory, Network, Taxi Driver

1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — beat Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, Nashville

1974: The Godfather, Part II — beat Chinatown, Lenny, The Conversation, The Towering Inferno

1973: The Sting — beat A Touch of Class, American Graffiti, The Exorcist, Cries and Whispers

1972: The Godfather — beat Cabaret, Deliverance, Sounder, The Emigrants

1971: The French Connection — beat A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, Nicholas and Alexandra, The Last Picture Show

1970: Patton — beat Airport, Five Easy Pieces, Love Story, MASH

1969: Midnight Cowboy — beat Anne of the Thousand Days, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hello Dolly!, Z

1968: Oliver! — beat Funny Girl, Rachel Rachel, Romeo and Juliet, The Lion in Winter

1967: In the Heat of the Night — beat Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Graduate

1966: A Man for All Seasons — beat Alfie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1965: The Sound of Music — beat A Thousand Clowns, Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Ship of Fools

1964: My Fair Lady — beat Alexis Zorbas, Becket, Dr. Strangelove, Mary Poppins

1963: Tom Jones — beat America America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the Field

1962: Lawrence of Arabia — beat Mutiny on the Bounty, The Longest Day, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird

1961: West Side Story — beat Fanny, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Guns of Navarone, The Hustler

1960: The Apartment — beat Elmer Gantry, Sons and Lovers, The Alamo, The Sundowners

1959: Ben-Hur — beat Anatomy of a Murder, Room at the Top, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nun’s Story

1958: Gigi — beat Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Separate Tables, The Defiant Ones

1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai — beat 12 Angry Men, Peyton Place, Sayonara, Witness for the Prosecution

1956: Around the World in Eighty Days — beat Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, The Ten Commandments

1955: Marty — beat Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, The Rose Tattoo

1954: On the Waterfront — beat Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Caine Mutiny, The Country Girl, Three Coins in the Fountain

1953: From Here to Eternity — beat Julius Caesar, Roman Holiday, Shane, The Robe

1952: The Greatest Show on Earth — beat High Noon, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet Man

1951: An American in Paris — beat A Place in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, Decision Before Dawn, Quo Vadis

1950: All About Eve — beat Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon’s Mines, Sunset Blvd.

1949: All the King’s Men — beat A Letter to Three Wives, Battleground, The Heiress, Twelve O’Clock High

1948: Hamlet — beat Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1947: Gentleman’s Agreement — beat Crossfire, Great Expectations, Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop’s Wife

1946: The Best Years of Our Lives — beat It’s a Wonderful Life, The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with his Battell Fought at Agincourt in France, The Razor’s Edge, The Yearling

1945: The Lost Weekend — beat Anchors Aweigh, Mildred Pierce, Spellbound, The Bells of St. Mary’s

1944: Going My Way — beat Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Since You Went Away, Wilson

1943: Casablanca — beat For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The Human Comedy, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the Rhine

1942: Mrs. Miniver — beat 49th Parallel, Kings Row, Random Harvest, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, The Pride of the Yankees, The Talk of the Town, Wake Island, Yankee Doodle Dandy

1941: How Green Was My Valley — beat Blossoms in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, One Foot in Heaven, Sergeant York, Suspicion, The Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon

1940: Rebecca — beat All This and Heaven Too, Foreign Correspondent, Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman, Our Town, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, The Letter, The Long Voyage Home, The Philadelphia Story

1939: Gone with the Wind — beat Dark Victory, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights

1938: You Can’t Take it With You — beat Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Boys Town, Four Daughters, Jezebel, La grande illusion, Pygmalion, Test Pilot, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Citadel

1937: The Life of Emile Zola — beat A Star Is Born, Captains Courageous, Dead End, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Stage Door, The Awful Truth, The Good Earth

1936: The Great Ziegfeld — beat A Tale of Two Cities, Anthony Adverse, Dodsworth, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, Three Smart Girls

1935: Mutiny on the Bounty — beat A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice Adams, Broadway Melody of 1936, Captain Blood, Les misérables Naughty Marietta, Ruggles of Red Gap, The Informer, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger, Top Hat

1934: It Happened One Night — beat Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, Here Comes the Navy, Imitation of Life, One Night of Love, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The Gay Divorcee, The House of Rothschild, The Thin Man, The White Parade, Viva Villa!

1932-33: Cavalcade — beat 42nd Street, A Farewell to Arms, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Lady for a Day, Little Women, She Done Him Wrong, Smilin’ Through, State Fair, The Private Life of Henry VIII

1931-32: Grand Hotel — beat Arrowsmith, Bad Girl, Five Star Final, One Hour with You, Shanghai Express, The Champ, The Smiling Lieutenant

1930-31: Cimarron — beat East Lynne, Skippy, The Front Page, Trader Horn

1929-30: All Quiet on the Western Front — beat Disraeli, The Divorcee, The Big House, The Love Parade

1928-29: The Broadway Melody — beat* Alibi, In Old Arizona, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, The Patriot (*unofficial nominees deemed by AMPAS)

1927-28: Wings — (best picture, production) beat 7th Heaven, The Racket

1927-28: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans — (best picture, unique and artistic production) beat Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness, The Crowd


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