***The Academy Award or the Oscars. The Best-Picture winners since 1927-28 to the present. Part-1
As the day draws nearer to yet another gala event with a nail-biting finish of an Oscar-year gone by (held each Autumn since 1929) to present Awards, the most valued and reputed award in the World of Cinema to professionals both from the Arts and Science congregate to celebrate the lucky winners of the coveted statuette. It would be a treat in going down memory lane to take a look at the winners, starting with the Best-Pict category since the year the Academy started to dole out the Oscar Awards started for the year 1927-28and please note the steps followed in the 1st winner's style, which is shown in the 1st Best-Pict winner Wings, Year of win: Name of Film, *Producers/Studio, **Director, *ing refer to the Cast, ***Brief Synopsis. Though the 1st presentation was held in 1929, the prizes given were for the outstanding motion-pics released in the year 1927-28. There were 2 pictures that received this award, named as outstanding production won by Wings & the Unique & Most Artistic quality of production won by Sunrise though the F.W.Marnau directed film wasn't nominated for Best-Pic, categories that were dropped from the Academy's 2nd year of presentation & changed the name to Best Production & also decided that 'Wings the previous year winner & their category is the one that comes closest to this award is undoubtedly Wings & so Wings became the 1st Winner of the Best-Pic award in the annals of Movie History.
1927-28: Wings.(27) *Paramount/Famous Players-Lasky.
**Dir: William Wellman.
|A Screenshot from Wings|
1928-29: Broadway Melody. MGM/Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten.
Dir: Harry Beaumont.
Cast: Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love, Jed Prouty.
|Release poster Broadway Melody|
1929-30: All Quiet on the Western front.(US;30) Universal/Carl Laemmel.Jr.
Dir: Lewis Milestone.
Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray Smith, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper.
Based on Erich Maria Remarque authored anti-war novel of the same name, says the story of a young group of idealistic German soldiers during the 1st World War. The movie progresses with the poignantly slow & steady death of the youths, thus pointing to War as a Waste being it's main theme. The Excellent Acting put in by the actors playing the young soldiers & the sufferings caused by war is the USP of this classic film.
|All Quiet on the Western Front|