Talk:Academy Award for Best Picture

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"Notably, the only remake to win is The Departed, though a few other winners, such as Mutiny on the Bounty and Ben-Hur, were heavily inspired and influenced by previous films of the same name, they were nevertheless adaptations of the same novel."

This view of remakes is far too doctrinaire on a subject which is very open to interpretation. Both of the films cited may be based on books, but they were made by the same production company (MGM in both cases) and were plainly intended as a return to the same material which had been successful before, in widescreen color. If that's not a "remake" what is? It would be far fairer to say that The Departed is the only remake of a film original, but others were based on existing sources but, to differing degrees, possibly inspired by previous film versions— a list which would include everything from Gigi (filmed in France) to Marty (a teleplay) to musicals like Oliver! and Chicago (which echo previous non-musical versions of the same material), and even Gladiator (which does not claim to be based on The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) but has obvious similarities... obvious enough that Dreamworks took the legal precaution of buying the rights anyway). However you feel about any of those cases (and I haven't even gotten to the previous movie about the Von Trapps that no one remembers, and which Rodgers & Hammerstein bought the rights to), the current phrasing suggests that remakes and previous inspiration is rare when it's plainly not. Mgmax (talk) 18:03, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

"Best Picture winners West Side Story and My Fair Lady hold the unique distinction among winners of being remakes of an earlier Best Picture nominee—West Side Story is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a straight version of which was nominated in 1936 (and another in 1969), while My Fair Lady was a musical version of George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, previously adapted for film as Pygmalion and nominated in 1938."
How odd that this was removed. The reference to My Fair Lady has been there for years-- but as my additions to it showed, it was never accurate that My Fair Lady was the only remake of an earlier nominee to win. Only once I made it accurate did it apparently fail to meet Wikipedia standards for interestingness! MikeGebert (talk) 2:19, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
West Side Story and My Fair Lady are not remakes of earlier films to be nominated, they're adaptations of other non-musical films and stories. That's why it was removed. AldezD (talk) 15:47, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I know, that's what I was helping clarify. This whole section has long suffered from people arbitrarily imposing their own definition of "remake" to suit themselves and this is no exception, as my edit clearly stated the provenance of both films, derived from earlier material also turned into nominated films. To belabor it, I suppose one could say: ""Best Picture winners West Side Story and My Fair Lady hold the unique distinction among winners of being musical versions of material that resulted in an earlier Best Picture nominee—West Side Story is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a straight version of which was nominated in 1936 (and another in 1969), while My Fair Lady was a musical version of George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, previously adapted for film as Pygmalion and nominated in 1938." I don't care either way, it seemed more trivial than the previous content, but mine continues to have the virtue of being more accurate than what's been up there for many years. MikeGebert (talk) 8:09, 7 December 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by MikeGebert (talkcontribs)
Either way, this is trivial information and does not belong in the article. You can arbitrarily find linkage between one nominee/winner and dozens of other films using any number of criteria. Ben-Hur (1959 film) is a remake of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925 film), but the latter wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, so why is it detailed in the section? The same goes for The Departed and Infernal Affairs—the latter wasn't nominated. Analysis detailing that a film later nominated has a similar plot, is an adaptation or is a remake is WP:IINFO and doesn't belong in the article. AldezD (talk) 20:26, 7 December 2017 (UTC)


I've just tagged the article for contradicting itself. The History section says the name Best Picture applied beginning with "the 1931 awards". The Awards section, and the notes lower down, show a different change for the "1929/30" awards, and Best Picture not applied until much later. -- (talk) 08:52, 26 December 2012 (UTC)


Wouldn't it make more sense to mention directors instead of producers? phme (talk) 23:14, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

The Producers are the ones who actually receive the award. That's why they're listed. Crboyer (talk) 23:27, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
The names of the directors are important as well as the names of the producers. The same is done in articles belonging to the Golden Globe Awards and International Film Festivals. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michael 182 (talkcontribs) 17:19, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
The award does not go to the director. That is why they are not listed in this article. AldezD (talk) 17:35, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
AldezD, I think that what Michael 182 is trying to say is that the format used in the Golden Globe Award categories, for example the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama article, includes the names of the directors even though, as you pointed out, they are not the recipients of the award. If you ask for my opinion, I would like to include the directors' name in this article. TwentySteps (talk) 16:46, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
The Academy Award does not go to the director. That is why the director is not listed in the article, just as actors and other technical staff are not listed alongside the producer. Similarly, the producers are not listed in films which receive awards for direction, because the producer does not receive that award. AldezD (talk) 16:52, 5 December 2017 (UTC)

Severely wrong informationEdit

This is an article about Academy Award nominees/winners for Best Picture. How can this information be so wrong? I know for a fact Le Mis, Hugo, The Social Network, and Up, did NOT win best picture. So many people use Wiki and to think something as trivial as Best Picture winners can not even be correct blows my mind. Why can't Wiki have verified pages for important, unchanging information? Could be worth the investment. -jr — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:28, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

Will this link work to verify them all?--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:01, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
It was just vandalism made by a kid. Reverted. Tbhotch. Grammatically incorrect? Correct it! See terms and conditions. 21:16, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
It is wrong again; claims "Up" won best picture. User:ktappe 20:20, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
If you see info you know is wrong, like many false BP wins, feel free to revert it.Crboyer (talk) 00:25, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Producing teamsEdit

For at least the 85th 86th awards, up to three producers are recognized. A special "producing team" rule enables two-person producing teams to be treated as one person for the purpose of the best picture award. I suggest that producing teams be represented in some way: perhaps grouped together with a slash. For example, for the team from Plan B Entertainment, the producer credit would be:

2010 (83rd)
Film Production company(s) Producer(s)
12 Years a Slave Plan B Entertainment Brad Pitt / Dede Gardner (talk) 19:25, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Producers of the early OscarsEdit

How come do we have them linked if they are not exactly nominees per say-some of them were even uncredited! Since the pre 1952 Oscars game it to studios so some of them seem a bit odd on here. Just thought I ask. Also-is there any record of what film studio has the most nominees ever? I'm guessing either Paramount or WB. Wgolf (talk) 23:06, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Silent Film WinnersEdit

This section lists The Artist as the first silent film to win since Wings. However according to the article on Silent film, it does not qualify as a silent because it has a synchronized soundtrack, the same way that Schindler's List doesn't qualify as a black-and-white film because it has color sequences. This section also says that The Artist was " well as the first Best Picture winner shot entirely in black-and-white since 1960's..." yet the film's article says it was filmed in color and monochromed in the lab.[1] I'm not sure how to edit it, but this section needs to be reworked to state facts that agree with other articles. Goldnpuppy (talk) 20:21, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

  • It may actually be necessary to change the other articles as The Artist seems to be generally considered a silent film by mother authorities I've seen (even with the dialogue and sound sequence). I know that's sort of like those who try to categorize The Jazz Singer and Modern Times (and even arguably City Lights) as silents when in fact they had soundtracks, but popular opinion has to be taken into account. As for the filming, it's how it was released that counts. Some films are actually shot on video and then processed to look like film later, but they're still considered motion pictures. I think the answer to the Artist question is what does the Academy say? If they call it a silent, then in the context of the Oscars, it is a silent. (talk) 14:33, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
  • The article on silent film linked above says "A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound, especially with no spoken dialogue." Frankly it seems the height of pedantry to say that The Artist isn't a silent film because it has a synchronized sound track. Silent films were always presented with sound. The only difference between The Artist and a "true" silent film is that The Artist doesn't require live musical accompaniment. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:204:C100:86CC:A011:A59D:AB1A:D4DE (talk) 01:19, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

New nomination processEdit

The article needs a better description of how the nominees are chosen. I looked at the official rules (PDF) and they seem contradictory:

“The pictures receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award. There may not be more than ten nor fewer than five nominations; however, no picture shall be nominated that receives less than five percent of the total votes cast.”

There is no explanation of how this is resolved in a case where there are fewer than five films receiving at least 5%. It is shocking how poorly drafted the rule is. The article should explain how it operates in practice. Mathew5000 (talk) 18:50, 24 February 2015 (UTC)


  1. ^ Cruz, Gilbert (19 January 2012). "What Is This Artist Movie That's Winning All the Awards?". Time. Retrieved 2014-07-14.

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Embolden the winnersEdit

I think it would be better if we embolden the best picture winners for emphasis. Thoughts?♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:22, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

What do you mean? All winners in the list are currently highlighted by colored panels, while nominees are in regular black-and-white. Dimadick (talk) 20:03, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

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Listing producers and production companiesEdit

Why is it that from 1928 to 1950, the nominees in this category have been the production companies instead of the actual producers? Wouldn´t it make more sense to replace them with the names of the producers of these films? (talk) 18:47, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

No, I don't believe so. At that time, the actual winner was the production company, not the producer. And the Academy awarded the award to the production company, not the producer. In other words, the official winner -- per the Academy, at that time -- was the production company, not the producer. And this article is listing the official winners. Those are my thoughts. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 11:29, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

Colored row?Edit

In the first sentence of the "winners and nominees" section, there is a reference to a "colored row". Isn't that racist? (talk) 08:39, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Changed to "gold row" so as to not offend people of color. (talk) 08:42, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Individuals with multiple nominationsEdit

I noticed that John Wayne is missing from this section He was nominated for best actor twice - Sands of Iwo Jima and True Grit (won for True Grit).

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