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The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards of merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.

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1928
   the winner was   
Wings
1929
   the winner was   
The Broadway Melody
1930
   the winner was   
All Quiet on the Western Front
Directed by Lewis Milestone for Universal
1931
   the winner was   
Cimarron
Directed by Wesley Ruggles for RKO Radio
1932
   the winner was   
Grand Hotel
Directed by Edmund Goulding for MGM
1933
   the winner was   
Cavalcade
Directed by Frank Lloyd for Fox
1934
   the winner was   
It Happened One Night
Directed by Frank Capra for Columbia
1935
   the winner was   
Mutiny on the Bounty
Directed by Frank Lloyd for MGM
1936
   the winner was   
The Great Ziegfeld
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard for MGM
1937
   the winner was   
The Life of Emile Zola
Directed by William Dieterle for Warner Bros
1938
   the winner was   
You Can’t Take It With You
Directed by Frank Capra for Columbia
1939
   the winner was   
Gone With The Wind
Directed by Victor Fleming for MGM (Selznick)
1940
   the winner was   
Rebecca
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock for United Artists (Selznick)
1941
   the winner was   
How Green Was My Valley
Directed by John Ford for 20th Century Fox
1942
   the winner was   
Mrs Miniver
Directed by William Wyler for MGM
1943
   the winner was   
Casablanca
Directed by Michael Curtiz for Warner Bros
1944
   the winner was   
Going My Way
Directed by Leo McCarey for Paramount
1945
   the winner was   
The Lost Weekend
Directed by Billy Wilder for Paramount
1946
   the winner was   
The Best Years of Our Lives
Directed by William Wyler for RKO Radio (Goldwyn)
1947
   the winner was   
Gentleman’s Agreement
Directed by Elia Kazan for 20th Century Fox
1948
   the winner was   
Hamlet
Directed by Lawrence Olivier for Universal-International (British)
1949
   the winner was   
All the King's Men
Director: Robert Rossen for Columbia
1950
   the winner was   
All About Eve
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz for 20th Century Fox
1951
   the winner was   
An American In Paris
Directed by Vincente Minelli for MGM
1952
   the winner was   
The Greatest Show On Earth
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille for Paramount
1953
   the winner was   
From Here To Eternity
Directed by Fred Zinnemann for Columbia
1954
   the winner was   
On The Waterfront
Directed by Elia Kazan for Columbia
1955
   the winner was   
Marty
Directed by Delbert Mann for United Artists
1956
   the winner was   
Around The World In 80 Days
Directed by Michael Anderson for United Artists
1957
   the winner was   
The Bridge Over The River Kwai
Directed by David Lean for Columbia
1958
   the winner was   
Gigi
Directed by Vincent Minelli for MGM. Set in Paris, France and based on the bestselling novella of the same name by French author, Colette.
1959
   the winner was   
Ben-Hur
Directed by William Wyler for MGM
1960
   the winner was   
The Apartment
Directed by Billy Wilder for United Artists
1961
   the winner was   
West Side Story
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robins for United Artists
1962
   the winner was   
Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean for Columbia
1963
   the winner was   
Tom Jones
Directed by Tony Richardson for United Artists
1964
   the winner was   
My Fair Lady
Directed by George Cukor for Warner Bros
1965
   the winner was   
The Sound of Music
Directed by Robert Wise for 20th Century Fox
1966
   the winner was   
A Man For All Seasons
Directed by Fred Zinnemann for Columbia
1967
   the winner was   
In The Heat Of The Night
Directed by Norman Jewison for United Artists
1968
   the winner was   
Oliver!
Directed by Carol Reed for Columbia
1969
   the winner was   
Midnight Cowboy
Directed by John Schlesinger for United Artists. First x-rated film to win best picture Oscar.
1970
   the winner was   
Patton
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner for 20th Century Fox
1971
   the winner was   
The French Connection
Directed by William Friedkin for 20th Century Fox
1972
   the winner was   
The Godfather
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola for Paramount
1973
   the winner was   
The Sting
Directed by George Roy Hill for Universal
1974
   the winner was   
The Godfather: Part II
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola for Paramount
1975
   the winner was   
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
Directed by Milos Foreman for United Artists
1976
   the winner was   
Rocky
Directed by John G. Avildsen for United Artists
1977
   the winner was   
Annie Hall
Directed by Woody Allen for United Artists
1978
   the winner was   
The Deer Hunter
Directed by Michael Cimino for Univeral
1979
   the winner was   
Kramer Vs Kramer
Directed by Robert Benton for Columbia
1980
   the winner was   
Ordinary People
Directed by Robert Redford for Paramount
1981
   the winner was   
Chariots of Fire
Directed by Hugh Hudson for The Ladd Co / Warner Bros
1982
   the winner was   
Gandhi
Directed by Richard Attenborough for Columbia
1983
   the winner was   
Terms Of Endearment
Directed by James L. Brookes for Paramount
1984
   the winner was   
Amadeus
Directed by Milos Forman for Orion
1985
   the winner was   
Out Of Africa
Directed by Sydney Pollack for Universal
1986
   the winner was   
Platoon
Directed by Oliver Stone for Orion
1987
   the winner was   
The Last Emperor
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci for Columbia
1988
   the winner was   
Rain Man
Directed by Barry Levinson for United Artists
1989
   the winner was   
Driving Miss Daisy
Directed by Bruce Beresford for Warner Bros
1990
   the winner was   
Dances With Wolves
Directed by Kevin Costner for Orion
1991
   the winner was   
The Silence Of The Lambs
Directed by Jonathan Demme for Orion
1992
   the winner was   
Unforgiven
Directed by Clint Eastwood for Warner Bros
1993
   the winner was   
Schindler’s List
Directed by Steven Spielberg for Universal / Amblin
1994
   the winner was   
Forrest Gump
Directed by Robert Zemeckis for Paramount
1995
   the winner was   
Braveheart
Directed by Mel Gibson for Paramount
1996
   the winner was   
The English Patient
Directed by Anthony Minghella for Miramax
1997
   the winner was   
Titanic
Directed by James Cameron for Paramount / 20th Century Fox
1998
   the winner was   
Shakespeare In Love
Directed by John Madden for Miramax
1999
   the winner was   
American Beauty
Directed by Sam Mendes for Dreamworks
2000
   the winner was   
Gladiator
Directed by Ridley Scott for Dreamworks
2001
   the winner was   
A Beautiful Mind
Directed by Ron Howard for DreamWorks / Universal
2002
   the winner was   
Chicago
Directed by Rob Marshal for Miramax
2003
   the winner was   
Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Directed by Peter Jackson for New Line
2004
   the winner was   
Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood for Warner Bros
2005
   the winner was   
Crash
Directed by Paul Haggis for Lions Gate Film
2006
   the winner was   
The Departed
Directed by Martin Scorsese for Warner Bros
2007
   the winner was   
No Country For Old Men
Produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
2008
   the winner was   
Slumdog Millionaire
Directed by Danny Boyle
2009
   the winner was   
The Hurt Locker
Directed by Kathyrn Bigelow
2010
   the winner was   
The King's Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper
2011
   the winner was   
The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
2012
   the winner was   
Argo
Produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck & George Clooney; directed by Ben Affleck
2013
   the winner was   
12 Years a Slave
Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Leiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Kalagas; directed by Steve McQueen
2014
   the winner was   
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Produced by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole; directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu
2015
   the winner was   
Spotlight
Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Michael Sugar; directed by Tom McCarthy
2016
   the winner was   
Moonlight
Produced by Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner; directed by Barry Jenkins. The award was first given mistakenly to La La Land.


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Allan R. Matthes








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