The style of Oscar-winning movies has changed over the decades from sweeping, big-budget epics to art-house works from independent filmmakers. Many in the industry are wondering what future Oscar contenders may look like after a pledge by the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences to increase diversity among its members.
“Gone With the Wind” (1939) — One of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters, the landmark film about the Civil War won eight competitive Academy Awards, including best picture.
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) — David Lean’s desert epic starring Peter O’Toole won seven Oscars, including best picture, and is considered one of the enduring masterpieces of cinema.
“My Left Foot” (1989) — A breakthrough movie that put small, independent films on the academy’s radar. The movie was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture, and won acting awards for Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker.
“The King’s Speech” (2010) — Won best picture and was another testament to Harvey Weinstein’s skill at marketing sophisticated, period dramas.