Top 10 Oscar Winning Hollywood Movies of All Time

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Filmmakers, actors and everyone associated with the movies works very hard to make the dreams come alive on the celluloid screen. The sweat and toil that goes into creating a movie is sometimes recognized but mostly remains unnoticed. Every year Academy of Motion Pictures tries to recognize the creative effort of the film fraternity by picking up the best amongst the best movies. We have made a list of the movies that have walked away the top honours over the years.

10. Gandhi

The 1982 biopic is based on Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi, who led India to freedom against the British. It is considered one of the best movies on any historical figure and certainly by far the most balanced and realistic portrayal of Gandhi – the man and the leader. It won both critical acclaim and box office success. Released in 1984, the film won 8 Academy Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

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9. Amadeus

The period drama set in Austria depicts life in the 18 century. This is the story of Antonio Salieri, the composer who tries to deny the success that Mozart, his rival deserves. It is his jealously and mechanization to prevent Mozart from overshadowing him that forms the story. Based on a drama, the movie won critical acclaim because of the director’s skilled adaptation of a difficult story. Released in 1984, the film won 8 Academy Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Sound mixing.

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8. Cabaret

This musical set in Berlin in 1931 tells the story of an American cabaret dancer and an English academic. With terrific music and memorable performances by lead characters, the movie won great acclaim. The on and off relationship of the characters makes us worry about their eventual fate. Released in 1972 the movie won 8 of the 14 award it was nominated for. It also holds the dubious distinction of being the only movie in the history of the awards to scoop all major awards except the Best movie. It lost narrowly to the movie The Godfather. The awards it won are, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing , Best Original Song Score, Best Art Direction and Best Sound.

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7. The Last Emperor

This epic period drama tells the story of the last emperor of China. The film traces his childhood, imprisonment and transformation into an ordinary gardener under the rule of the communists. The film was widely praised for its storyline, costumes and the authentic portrayal of life in Chinese mainland. Released in 1987, the movie won 9 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Original Score.

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6. Gigi

The acclaimed French comedy tells the story of young and lively Gigi, who is instructed on social behaviour by her older female relatives. How she is guided into an arranged marriage, her rebellion and finding her own way in Paris at the turn of the century is the crux of the story. Released in 1958, the movie went on to win 9 Academy awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction,Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

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5. The English Patient

The story is a romantic drama set at the end of the Second World War It tells the story of a mysterious Englishman, who is admitted with severe burns in make-shift hospital in an Italian monastery. Tragedy and fate are intertwined in this romantic story with Hana, the nurse playing the female lead. The film won 9 out of the 12 Academy awards in the categories that it was nominated. These were for, Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Sound.

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4. West Side Story

We also have in our definitive list of Oscar winning movies a musical that is among the most successful Broadway production adapted for movies. Set in the 50s and 60s Westside New York, the movie tells the story of two rival gangs fighting for supremacy. When a gang member falls for the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the story takes an interesting turn. Released in 1971, the film was nominated in eleven categories and went to win 10 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound.

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3. The Lord of the Rings

The Return of the King- At number two slot we have the only movie in the history of the awards to have won for all the categories it was nominated. Released in 2003, this movie is part of the trilogy based on the literary tour-de-force of J.R.R. Tolkien-. Cinema-goers appreciated all the three movies of the series that went on become huge commercial success. The adventures of middle-earth with an all-powerful evil force and a group of adventurers struck a note deep down within all of us. The Eleven categories it won are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Sound Mixing and Best Art Direction.

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2. Ben Hur

At number two we have the movie that is considered a masterpiece of epic movie making. Set in Judea (modern day Israel) this period movie depicts the time when the Roman Empire was at its peak. While the story is primarily focussed on Ben-Hur, it also depicts the message and crucifixion of Jesus. Released in 1959, the movie Ben-Hur was nominated for 12 categories and won 11 Academy awards. These include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Special Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Best Sound.

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1. Titanic

At the number one slot of the leader-board we have a movie that won both critical acclaim and commercial success. Braving all odds and huge challenges, director James Cameron and his team made the movie of the decade. It is to their credit that the predictable tale of sinking of the ship Titanic kept the movie goers engrossed for more than 3 hours. Helped by the memorable performances of the lead pair, L Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio original movie score and the smash hit “My heart will go on,” the film won a record 14 Academy award nominations and winning 11 of these. The categories it won are, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song.

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Conclusion

The Academy Awards have become the gold standard over the years. It is a bench-mark of the quality and worth of the movie; and winning an academy award remains the ultimate driving force of every filmmaker, actor and associated fieldsman. It has also been observed that winning these awards not only helps the film makers get recognition but also helps in the commercial success of the film. Which are your favourite movies from those listed above or which movies you wished had won more awards? Sharing is caring; do share this post will those who you think will find it interesting. As always we will love to read your reactions.

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