This Sunday, the 90th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This means, this Sunday, for the 90th time, one film will be awarded the title of Best Picture – a much-coveted award indeed.

But what of the past winners? Who were they and when did they win the title of Best Picture? Below is a list of all the past winners of the Best Picture award, running from 1927 through 2016.

In addition to this list, is a selection of the category’s biggest losers – iconic films which missed out on the award. Keep reading to find out who won… and who didn’t.

The Best Picture winners 1927 – 2016:

  • 1927/28 – Wings
  • 1928/29 – The Broadway Melody
  • 1929/30 – All Quiet on the Western Front
  • 1930/31 – Cimarron
  • 1931/32 – Grand Hotel
  • 1932/33 – Cavalcade
  • 1934 – It Happened One Night
  • 1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty
  • 1936 – The Great Ziegfeld
  • 1937 – The Life of Emile Zola
  • 1938 – You Can’t Take It with You
  • 1939 – Gone with the Wind  
  • 1940 – Rebecca
  • 1941 – How Green Was My Valley
  • 1942 – Mrs. Miniver
  • 1943 – Casablanca
  • 1944 – Going My Way
  • 1945 – The Lost Weekend
  • 1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1947 – Gentleman’s Agreement
  • 1948 – Hamlet
  • 1949 – All the King’s Men
  • 1950 – All About Eve
  • 1951 – An American in Paris
  • 1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth
  • 1953 – From Here to Eternity
  • 1954 – On the Waterfront
  • 1955 – Marty
  • 1956 – Around the World in 80 Days
  • 1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 1958 – Gigi
  • 1959 – Ben-Hur
  • 1960 – The Apartment
  • 1961 – West Side Story
  • 1962 – Lawrence of Arabia
  • 1963 – Tom Jones
  • 1964 – My Fair Lady
  • 1965 – The Sound of Music
  • 1966 – A Man for All Seasons
  • 1967 – In the Heat of the Night
  • 1968 – Oliver!
  • 1969 – Midnight Cowboy
  • 1970 – Patton
  • 1971 – The French Connection
  • 1972 – The Godfather
  • 1973 – The Sting
  • 1974 – The Godfather Part II
  • 1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 1976 – Rocky
  • 1977 – Annie Hall
  • 1978 – The Deer Hunter
  • 1979 – Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1980 – Ordinary People
  • 1981 – Chariots of Fire
  • 1982 – Gandhi
  • 1983 – Terms of Endearment
  • 1984 – Amadeus
  • 1985 – Out of Africa
  • 1986 – Platoon
  • 1987 – The Last Emperor
  • 1988 – Rain Man
  • 1989 – Driving Miss Daisy
  • 1990 – Dances with Wolves
  • 1991 – The Silence of the Lambs
  • 1992 – Unforgiven
  • 1993 – Schindler’s List
  • 1994 – Forrest Gump
  • 1995 – Braveheart
  • 1996 – The English Patient
  • 1997 – Titanic
  • 1998 – Shakespeare in Love
  • 1999 – American Beauty
  • 2000 – Gladiator
  • 2001 – A Beautiful Mind
  • 2002 – Chicago
  • 2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 2004 – Million Dollar Baby
  • 2005 – Crash
  • 2006 – The Departed
  • 2007 – No Country for Old Men
  • 2008 – Slumdog Millionaire
  • 2009 – The Hurt Locker
  • 2010 – The King’s Speech
  • 2011 – The Artist
  • 2012 – Argo
  • 2013 – 12 Years a Slave
  • 2014 – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • 2015 – Spotlight
  • 2016 – Moonlight

What’s interesting to note about the list above is the simple fact that not all of the past winners of the Best Picture award are all that memorable. Sure, you’ve heard the names of most of the films on this list, but can you actually say you know them all?

Really?

Star Wars

Image: Lucasfilm

What’s perhaps even more interesting to note are the films which were nominated for Best Picture in their respective years, but didn’t win!

For example, Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture in 1977, but lost out to Annie Hall. And Star Wars isn’t alone; some of the biggest ‘losers’ of the Best Picture award include: The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, It’s A Wonderful Life, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary Poppins, The Exorcist, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ghost, Beauty and the Beast, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Sixth Sense, Moulin Rouge!, Avatar, Toy Story 3 and The Martian.

Yep, all of these films were nominated for Best Picture, yet all missed out on the top spot. How crazy is that?

Think about the amount of times you’ve watched Star Wars, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast or Raiders of the Lost Ark – now compare this number to the number of times you’ve watched some of the other films on the Best Picture list. It differs greatly, doesn’t it?

Perhaps the true test of time isn’t in the title of Best Picture, but in how the movie appeals to audiences over the years.