An Oscar is one of the most coveted awards any filmmaker can receive. Being awarded an Oscar is like an overall stamp of approval for both the film and those who worked on the film. To qualify for Best Picture, the film must meet strict criteria and the board even recently set representation and inclusion standards that must be met for a film to even be considered for a nomination. The annual Academy Awards have a variety of categories to nominate, including everything from costumes to scoring.
One particular category is the most sought after and that is Best Picture. Best picture is what people expect most when they watch the award ceremony, it can tell viewers what the film connoisseurs believe are the best pieces of work. For example, current competitors for Best Picture 2022 are believed Dune, the power of dog, and Belfast. These films have generated a lot of buzz and have generally received positive critical reviews. Here are the best picture winners from 2010 to 2019, ranked.
10 Green Book (2019)
Based on a true story, Green Book the story of Donald Shirley and Tony “Lip” Valleglonga. This follows Don, a Black pianist on a tour in the deep south who hires Tony Lip as driver and protector. It takes place in 1962, before national integration is declared, racism runs deep. Despite all this, these two men form a bond over the danger they face. While the film has been highly praised by people like Quincy Jones, who knew the real Don Shirley, it has also been criticized for portraying Tony Lip as a “white savior” who redeems himself by helping Don. Viggo Mortenson, who portrayed Tony on screen, fought back against the setback regarding this criticism.
9 The Artist (2012)
Plays in the 1920s, The artist is a silent film that revolves around the silent film actor George Valentin who discovers his love for Peppy, a young actress. The married George is struggling in his personal life as sound becomes popular in movies, which poses a major threat to his career. The artist is an amazing piece of work put together in the same style as a silent era movie would have been. The film relies on footage, music and subtitles to help the storytelling process. It’s at the bottom of the list, because unfortunately audiences today could not appreciate the art with some moviegoers even claim their money back due to lack of dialogue.
8 Argo (2013)
Argo is based around the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Iran in which hostages were taken. Six of these hostages manage to escape and Tony Mendez is sent in to get those people out. By posing as a Hollywood producer, Mendez’s goal is to turn down the hostages as his “film crew.” Argo is praised for the play, especially by supporting actor John Goodman and Alan Arkin. That said, the film has some historical inaccuracies and downplays the role the Canadian government played in withdrawing the hostages, as well as putting the diplomats in danger around every corner when the reality was that there was no imminent danger. for the diplomats was not restrained.
7 Kollig (2016)
Spotlight revolves around a group of journalists investigating allegations against a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. The group is interviewing victims and working to uncover sensitive documents, the team will not rest until they prove the cover-up of this abuse by the Roman Catholic Church. With Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo at the forefront of the action, Spotlight do exactly what the title indicates. Based on real events that The Globe won A Pulitzer Prize, the film shines a light on a topic most people do not talk about and some will refuse to admit. Some criticized the film for portraying the Church in dealing with these cases of abuse and left out how the priests involved were evaluated to see if they could return to their post.
6 The Hurt Locker (2010)
The Hurt Locker is based on the true story of a freelance journalist who was embedded in the bomb squad in Iraq. The Hurt Locker follows a bomb squad that receives a new leader Staff Sarsant William James after the sudden death of their last team leader. Along with Best Picture, The Hurt Locker also won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, the first best director won by a female director (Kathryn Bigelow). However, the film was criticized by veterans of the Iraq war as inaccurate and more than a “Hollywood version” of the war, which sacrificed accuracy for the sake of entertainment.
5 Birdman of (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2015)
Voëlman revolves around Riggan Thomson, a former silver screen hero known as “Birdman” who hopes to bring the spark back to his career through a Broadway show. We watch as Riggan struggles to relive his flat-line career while also keeping his family happy. This black comedy was an unexpected success with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in the lead roles. Voëlman was shot as if it were one long shot, a film technique in which the camera follows a subject without any cuts in between and it deserves it Best Cinematography at the Oscars. Along with Best Picture, Voëlman was also awarded best original screenplay, best director.
4 12 years a slave (2014)
12 years a slave follows the journey of the free black man Soloman from the North who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. Twelve years into his slavery, he meets a Canadian abolitionist who will change his life forever. 12 years a slave is praised for his portrayal of slavery without any sugar cover and without diverting attention from the subject, and praises everything from Hans Zimmer’s score to Steve McQueen’s directorial skills. Once again, the film was criticized as promoting the “white savior” concept while a white man invaded Soloman’s life and helped him gain his freedom.
3 The King’s Speech (2011)
Another on this list based on a true story The King’s Speech follows the journey of King George VI who is colloquially referred to as Bertie who is forced to become king and has to face his hidden speech impediment. Desperate to overcome his stutter, he visits the Australian Lionel Logue who is determined to help him, and while it’s rough sailing, Lionel and Bertie bond and become friends. The film has been critically acclaimed and praised for its overall accuracy despite the sensitivity of the subject. Both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were praised for their performances, as Firth won his first Oscar for Best Actor.
2 Moonlight (2017)
Moonlight Chiron follows through three stages of his life: his childhood, adolescence, and finally his adulthood, identified as Little, Chiron, and Black, respectively. Chiron struggles to find his identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he experienced in his childhood. This is the first LGBTQ + movie with an all-black cast that won Best Picture and two other Oscars. Moonlight is critically acclaimed for successfully covering the theme of Black masculinity as well as the intersecting “hood” film and art film. The Moonlight Best picture awards ceremony is notorious as the presenter incorrectly announced La La Land instead of Moonlight as the winner for Best Picture.
1 The Shape of Water (2018)
Probably the most unique of all the movies on the list, The form of water follows the dumb woman Elisa who works as a night cleaner at a hidden facility. Elisa plays out in 1962 and is rejected because she can not speak, but things change for her when she discovers the human-like amphibious creature hiding the government. Elisha grows close to the creature and is determined to change his destiny. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The form of water is praised as an everyday masterpiece and even won an Oscar for best director for del Toro.
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