It’s that time of year where everyone is talking about film. The good films, the bad films and the ugly films – film references galore! And for what reason? Well, The Oscars’ is back round again. Business Insider UK take a look at what film won the prestigous Best Picture award when you were born (and more recently). Full list here.
1988: “Rain Man”
Plot: “Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.”
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino.
1989: “Driving Miss Daisy”
Plot: “An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.”
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd.
1990: “Dances with Wolves”
Plot: “Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Native Americans, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.”
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, and Graham Greene.
1991: “The Silence of the Lambs”
Plot: “A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.”
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence A. Bonney.
Plot: “Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.”
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman.
1993: “Schindler’s List”
Plot: “In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.”
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.
1994: “Forrest Gump”
Plot: “Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.”
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise.
Plot: Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England after an English soldier assaults the woman he loves.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan.
1996: “The English Patient”
Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.”
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe.
Plot: “A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.”
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Billy Zane.
1998: “Shakespeare in Love”
Plot: “A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.”
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush.
1999: “American Beauty”
Plot: “A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.”
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch.
Russell Crowe in “Gladiator.”DreamWorks Pictures
Plot: “When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.”
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen.
2001: “A Beautiful Mind”
Plot: “After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.”
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, and Jennifer Connelly.
Plot: “Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.”
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere.
2003: “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”
Plot: “Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.”
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, and Ian McKellen.
2004: “Million Dollar Baby”
Plot: “A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.”
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman.
Plot: “Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.”
Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton.
2006: “The Departed”
Plot: “An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.”
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
2007: “No Country for Old Men”
Plot: “Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.”
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
2008: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Plot: “A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'”
Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, and Saurabh Shukla.
2009: “The Hurt Locker”
Plot: “During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.”
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty.
2010: “The King’s Speech”
Plot: “The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.”
Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.
2011: “The Artist”
Plot: “A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.”
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, and John Goodman.
Plot: “Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.”
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman.
2013: “12 Years A Slave”
Plot: “In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michael Fassbender.
2014: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Plot: “Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor’s struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.”
Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton.
Plot: “The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.