With the 2018 Oscars right around the corner — this Sunday, March 4, in fact — it’s time to get hyped up about all of the masterful cinema that’s happened this year. And though all of the categories have their stars and things to get excited about, this year’s Best Picture category is sure to be the star of the show. Because it’s wide open. The nominees are Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape Of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Dunkirk, and Darkest Hour — all powerful, but very different films.
And with the type of year that Hollywood has had, with #MeToo, #TimesUp, and beyond, this year is more important ever. “If the Oscars are even a tenth as important as they emphatically insist they are, then this year’s event has to be a bellwether of change. If not, they will slip yet further into irrelevancy, something only for the old, the white and the out of touch,” Hadley Freeman writes. And it’s true. What happens this year matters.
To get a taste of what film could take the top spot, it’s important to remember the movies that have done it in the past. Some of them are just feel-good, sure, but many that are groundbreaking, in-your-face, and political. This videos shows every Best Picture winner since the Academy Awards began — a reminder of how high this category can soar, from Wings to now. You can see scenes from all the winners here:
We’ll have to tune in on Sunday to see exactly how this Academy Awards pans out — and see who takes the top spot of Best Picture. But this video is a lovely reminder of the films that changed the industry, pushing it to its limits and beyond. Hopefully, what happens this year will be just as groundbreaking.