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10 Oscar winning movies that you need to revisit with 90th Academy Awards almost round the corner.
Hands down the most gripping movie of the decade, Argo (directed by the lading man Ben Affleck himself) is one movie that will still keep you on your toes till the climax and the fact that it is based on a true story makes it all the more plausible.
Tough Contenders that lost: Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook.
The Departed (2006)
The most outstanding work from the most ensemble cast in a movie could only be pulled off by Martin Scorsese. The movie was a remake of a Hong Kong movie named ‘Internal Affairs’ and is till date the only remake of a Foreign Film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Tough Contenders that lost: Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen, Babel.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Undoubtedly the most sentimental movie of the list, Forest Gump I feel is once in a lifetime movie. The movie won 6 out of the 7 categories it was nominated in including Actor in a leading role (Tom Hanks), Film Editing and Direction among others. If you watch 100 movies in a lifetime, make sure Forrest Gump is one of them.
Tough Contenders that lost: The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction.
The most viewed movie of all time, Titanic even 20 years down the line remains a movie that still spellbinds its viewers. The movie won 11 out of the 14 categories it was nominated in and thus holds the record for the most Academy Awards won by a movie tying with ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Tough Contenders that lost: As Good As It Gets, LA Confidential, Good Will Hunting
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The first and the only movie in the horror genre to win the Academy award for the Best Picture, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is largely known for the performances by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. The movie is a benchmark in the horror psychological genre and gets better with more viewings.
Tough Contenders that lost: Beauty and the Beast, JFK, Bugsy
Annie Hall (1977)
With a runtime of only 93 minutes, this is the shortest film to win an Oscar for the best picture. By far my favourite Woody Allen movie that was way ahead of its time, daring for real with devastating humour and poignant performances. It is the most perfect romantic comedy that not only shows the happy touchy moments of a relationship but also displays the reality of coupling.
Tough Contenders that lost: Star Wars, Julia, The Turning Point.
The Godfather (1972)
The most influential film of the gangster genre, The Godfather is preferably the most perfect film of the list. The movie got everything right, from writing to acting to an excellent cast and over the top direction. It is a masterpiece that is there in all the list you Google for ‘The Greatest Movies of All Time’.
Tough Contenders that lost: Cabaret, The Emigrants, Sounder.
The Kings Speech (2010)
I vividly remember waking up early morning to see this film won the Oscars because the movie left me speechless when I saw it. The movie is bound to tear your guts out and the performance by Colin Firth is sure to take you by a blow and no surprises for guessing, he also took home the Academy Award for Best Actor that year.
Tough Contenders that lost: Inception, Black Swan, 127 hours, The Social Network
If I really had to have a movie on the list that won the Oscars with an Indian origin, I’d choose this over the much acclaimed ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008) any day. It not only deals with a subject of great importance but it also soul stirring and has the most astounding biographical performance in screen history by Ben Kingsley.
Tough Contenders that lost: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The Verdict, Missing.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
If I had to describe this movie in one word, I would say ‘moving’. It is such a well directed movie that it will intrigue and affect you in equal measures. Russel Crowe took home the award for Best Actor but for the movie ‘Gladiator’ and not this, melancholic much!!
Tough Contenders that lost: Moulin Rouge, The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring
Weekend is here and Oscar is almost there!! Let the binge watch begin !!
Also, check the list of Hollywood movies to look forward in 2018. You never know one of these might get the Oscar next year.