Oscar-winning best pictures

Oscar-winning best pictures

‘Wings’ (1927)The first Academy Awards were given out at a dinner on May 16, 1929. The best picture winner was 1927’s “Wings,” a film about World War I pilots starring Clara Bow, right, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, left, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper. Even today, the silent film’s aerial sequences stand out as some of the most exciting ever filmed. Another film, “Sunrise,” was given an Oscar as most “unique and artistic production,” an honor that was eliminated the next year. The academy didn’t begin using a calendar year for awards until movies made in 1934 (with ceremonies held in 1935).

Oscar-winning best pictures

‘The Broadway Melody’ (1929)The musical “The Broadway Melody” was the first sound film to win best picture. The film stars Charles King, Anita Page and Bessie Love.

Oscar-winning best pictures

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1930)“All Quiet on the Western Front,” best picture of 1929-30, was the film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel. The film stars Lewis Wolheim and Lew Ayres and was directed by Lewis Milestone.

Oscar-winning best pictures

‘Cimarron’ (1931)“Cimarron,” based on the Edna Ferber novel, is best remembered for its portrayal of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Rush, which literally featured a cast of thousands. Richard Dix and Irene Dunne star in the film.

Oscar-winning best pictures

‘Grand Hotel’ (1932)The all-star cast of “Grand Hotel,” including Greta Garbo and John Barrymore (pictured), portrayed characters in a mix of plot lines at a Berlin hotel. The film won just the one Oscar, but has been immortalized for one of Garbo’s lines of dialogue: “I want to be alone.”

Oscar-winning best pictures

‘Cavalcade’ (1933)“Cavalcade,” based on a Noel Coward play, won the 1932-33 prize for best picture. The film follows a London family from 1899 to 1933 and stars, left to right, Una O’Connor, Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook.

Oscar-winning best pictures

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