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Check out the last 5 films that have won an Academy Award for the Best Picture! With the OSCAR’s almost upon us we’ve decided to re-cap and refresh our memories as we eagerly await the winner of this prestigious award. The nominations this year are as follows; American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street and Her. Frankly, any one of these films could take this award but my favourite would have to be The Wolf of Wall Street with 12 Years a Slave taking a very very close second place. But of course there are no second places with this award. March 2nd, 2014.

1, Argo 2012,


During an American Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran in the 1980’s a CIA agent plans the escape of the hostages from the country. Under cover he plays the part of a film director that is scoping Tehran for locations to include in his science fiction movie. This film is based upon Tony Mendez’s book, The Master of Disguise.

2, The Artist 2011,


Shot in the style of the black and white movies this film follows two people, one a movie star and a young dancer as the introduction of talking pictures has a profound effect upon their relationship and their careers. Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman and James Cromwell this film was subject to much critical acclaim and received nominations for 12 BAFTA’s and many other awards.

3, The King’s Speech 2010,


King George VI has always had a stammer as long as he can remember. The only trouble is he may need to cast it off as his brother abdicates and leaves him as the head of the Royal Family. With the assistance of a vocal coach Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) he does just this and rises to the occasion. Using unconventional methods of the time, Logue is able to target the source of the stammer and assist King George in delivering a speech to the nation. The film stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce and more.

4, The Hurt Locker 2009,


A maverick bomb squad disposal expert is at odds with members of his team due to his lack of discipline and the care-free attitude towards the dangerous situations that he gets himself, and others, into. Set in Iraq we can see how the stresses of being in such a role can take their toll upon soldiers and how this can affect decisions regarding life-threatening situations.

5, Slumdog Millionaire 2008,


Slumdog Millionaire follows a Mumbai teen as he enters a show similar to ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’. Answering all of the questions successfully he is later arrested and tortured in order to give up the truth about how he knew the answers. Hanging upside down he is electrocuted but manages to persuade his captors how he knows the answers. Directed by Danny Boyle the film reveals the most significant parts of his life. The film stars Dev Patel, Saurabh Shukla and Freida Pinto.

Are you looking forward to the awards? If so please let us know who you think’ll win. Checkout our Zavvi list of nominated films below.

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