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Thursday, February 27, 2014

And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to . . .

In honor of the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), I thought it would be fun to look back at some past Oscar winners. So below you can enjoy 25 acceptance speeches for Best Picture (click here for my Oscar flashbacks for Best Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor):

Gigi (presented by Ingrid Bergman and introduced by Cary Grant and co-host Jerry Lewis at the 31st Academy Awards in 1959).

The Apartment (presented by Audrey Hepburn and introduced by host Bob Hope at the 33rd Academy Awards in 1961).

West Side Story (presented by Fred Astaire and introduced by host Bob Hope at the 34th Academy Awards in 1962).

My Fair Lady (presented by Gregory Peck and introduced by host Bob Hope at the 37th Academy Awards in 1965. Joan Crawford also presents George Cukor with the Oscar for Directing).

The Sound of Music (presented by Jack Lemmon and introduced by host Bob Hope at the 38th Academy Awards in 1966).

A Man for All Seasons (presented by Audrey Hepburn and introduced by host Bob Hope at the 39th Academy Awards in 1967).

Oliver! (presented by Sidney Poitier at the 41st Academy Awards in 1969. Jane Fonda, Natalie Wood, Ingrid Bergman, Diahann Carrol and Rosalind Russell also present Carol Reed with the Oscar for Directing).

Midnight Cowboy (presented by Elizabeth Taylor at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970).

Patton (presented by Steve McQueen at the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971).

The French Connection (presented by Jack Nicholson at the 44th Academy Awards in 1972).

The Godfather (presented by Clint Eastwood and introduced by co-host Rock Hudson at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973).

The Sting (presented by Elizabeth Taylor at the 46th Academy Awards in 1974).

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (presented by Audrey Hepburn and introduced by co-host Gene Kelly at the 48th Academy Awards in 1976).

Rocky (presented by Jack Nicholson at the 49th Academy Awards in 1977).

Annie Hall (presented by Jack Nicholson at the 50th Academy Awards in 1978).

Kramer vs. Kramer (presented by Charlton Heston and introduced by host Johnny Carson at the 52nd Academy Awards in 1980. Goldie Hawn and Steven Spielberg also present Robert Benton with the Oscar for Directing).

Gandhi (presented by Carol Burnett and introduced by co-host Walter Matthau at the 55th Academy Awards in 1983. Billy Wilder also presents Richard Attenborough with the Oscar for Directing).

Terms of Endearment (presented by Frank Capra at the 56th Academy Awards in 1984).

Out of Africa (presented by John Huston, Billy Wilder and Akira Kurosawa and introduced by co-hosts Robin Williams, Alan Alda and Jane Fonda at the 58th Academy Awards in 1986).

Rain Man (presented by Cher at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989).

Driving Miss Daisy (presented by Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty and introduced by host Billy Crystal at the 62nd Academy Awards in 1990).

Dances with Wolves (presented by Barbra Streisand at the 63rd Academy Awards in 1991).

The Silence of the Lambs (presented by Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992).

Forrest Gump (presented by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino at the 67th Academy Awards in 1995).

Shakespeare in Love (presented by Harrison Ford at the 71st Academy Awards in 1999).


joel65913 said...

Quite the wonderful collection of clips Marc. Audrey and Liz were mainstays it seems.

In particular I loved the line up of actresses who each announce a nominee then Jane with her They Shoot Horses, Don't They? hairdo and purple beaded pantsuit announcing the winner. It also made me realize how dull Oscar fashion has become.
Each one of those women is wearing something distinctive and striking, Ingrid in particular looks like a million, and that shows their personality. Even Diahann Carroll's black curtains number, which I don't care for, is at least interesting. Now every actress is styled with no particular stamp of their own. What star today, especially one of the magnitude of Natalie Wood would wear what she's wearing? But she rocks it.

It must have been quite the project! Thanks for the effort.

Have you seen the graphic of almost every winning actresses Oscar dress over at The Film Experience? Very cool.

Marc said...

I'm glad you liked the post, Joel! And thanks for telling me about that groovy graphic.