What Are Some Academy Award-Winning Movies?


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Winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture include "You Can't Take It With You" in 1938, "Hamlet" in 1948, "All the King's Men" in 1949, "Chariots of Fire" in 1981 and "Birdman" in 2015. The award for best picture began in 1927 and remains a popular category today.

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Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chooses a film as its "Best Picture." All voting members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the Best Picture category and voting for nominations begins in December. Once films have been chosen, they are announced to the public during a press conference and the final voting begins. Until the Academy Awards airs, only two people know the outcome.

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1928 and featured films from 1927 and 1928. "Wings," directed by William A. Wellman, was the first winner of what is called the Best Picture category, although back then, it was called Outstanding Picture.

Several well-known films won the Best Picture award. "Casablanca" won in 1943 and "All the King's Men" took the award in 1949. More recent winners include "The Godfather" in 1972, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in 1975, "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1991, "Schindler's List" in 1993 and "Argo" in 2012.

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