With the 2017 Oscars this Sunday, we look back at some of the classic films that won the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.
The film was a critical and commercial success and won several awards, including four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
In photo: A still from 'The Departed' (Others)
No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel. It is a cat-and-mouse drama starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
The movie won four Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won three British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globes. The American Film Institute listed it as an AFI Movie of the Year, and the National Board of Review selected the film as the best of 2007. Many critics regard it as the Coen brothers' masterpiece.
In photo: Poster of 'No Country for Old Men' (Others)
Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. Set and filmed in India, it is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup, telling the story of Jamal Malik, from the slums of Mumbai.
The movie had a nationwide release in the UK on 9 January 2009, in Mumbai on 22 January 2009, and in the US on 23 January 2009. Regarded as a sleeper hit, the movie was widely acclaimed. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight— Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won seven BAFTAs, five Critics' Choice Awards and four Golden Globes.
In photo: A still from 'Slumdog Millionaire' (Others)
The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Guy Pearce. The movie is about an Iraq War Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who are being targeted by insurgents with booby traps, remote control detonations and ambushes.
The film received widespread critical acclaim and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The Hurt Locker is the sole film by a female director to win in either category. It is also the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner in history.
In photo: Jeremy Renner (R) (Others)
The King's Speech is a 2010 British biographical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler.
Released in the UK on 7 January 2011, the film was a major box-office and critical success. On a budget of �8 million, it earned over �400 million internationally. It was widely praised by film critics for its visual style, art direction, and acting. The film won seven British Academy Film Awards, four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay.
In photo: Poster of 'The King's Speech' (L) (Others)
The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann, and stars Jean Dujardin and B�r�nice Bejo. The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the "talkies".
The Artist received highly positive reviews from critics. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film won three Golden Globes, seven BAFTAs, and five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. In France, it won six C�sar Awards. The Artist has received more awards than any other French film. (Others)
Argo is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ben Affleck and produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney. The film stars Affleck with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman in supporting roles, and was released in the US on October 12, 2012. The screenplay by Chris Terrio is adapted from the US CIA operative Tony Mendez's book "The Master of Disguise" and Joshuah Bearman's 2007 Wired article "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran."
Argo received widespread acclaim. The film won one Golden Globe Award, three British Academy Film Awards and three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. It also won Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Hochi Film Award for Best International Picture. (Others)
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, about a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. The film was directed by Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor with Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by John Ridley.
The film received widespread critical acclaim and proved to be a box-office success, earning over $187 million on a production budget of $22 million. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, one Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and two BAFTAs. (Others)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro G. I��rritu and written by I��rritu, Nicol�s Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo. The film stars Michael Keaton with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. The story follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a faded Hollywood actor, as he struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.
Birdman grossed over $103 million worldwide. The film won five Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography and two Golden Globe Awards. It also won Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Others)
Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical crime drama directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer. The film follows The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the US, and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in Boston by Roman Catholic priests. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup.
The film was released on November 6, 2015. It won numerous guilds and critics' association awards and was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. Spotlight won two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay making Spotlight the first film from Open Road Films to win in either category.
In photo: A still from 'Spotlight' (Others)