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Oscar, the Academy Awards: Best Pictures [1928 - 2008] Play

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent film award ceremonies in the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself was conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer.
The 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of 1927 and 1928. It was hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. deMille. [WIKIPEDIA.ORG]

America's 10 Greatest Epic Films by AFI Play

#1: Lawrence of Arabia [1962]
#2: Ben-Hur [1959]
#3: Schindler's List [1993]
#4: Gone with the Wind [1939]
#5: Spartacus [1960]
#6: Titanic [1997]
#7: All Quiet on the Western Front [1930]
#8: Saving Private Ryan [1998]
#9: Reds [1981]
#10: The Ten Commandments [1956] [AFI.COM]

Oscar, the Academy Awards: Best Pictures [1940 - 1949] Play

[1940] 13th Oscar: Rebecca [none]
[1941] 14th Oscar: How Green Was My Valley
[1942] 15th Oscar: Mrs. Miniver
[1943] 16th Oscar: Casablanca
[1944] 17th Oscar: Going My Way
[1945] 18th Oscar: The Lost Weekend [none]
[1946] 19th Oscar: The Best Years of Our Lives
[1947] 20th Oscar: Gentleman's Agreement
[1948] 21st Oscar: Hamlet [none]
[1949] 22nd Oscar: All the King's Men
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