Of all the biographical movies nominated for Best Picture, only 16 went on to prevail on Oscar night. “Spotlight” (2015) told the story of a group of journalists, while “12 Years a Slave” (2013) was the last true biopic told from the perspective of one person. In the 2016 Oscar lineup, three of the nine Best Picture nominees — “Hacksaw Ridge,” “ ” and “Lion” — tell biographical stories. Will any of them join the esteemed list? Click through our photo gallery above that highlights all the biopics that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
According to Gold Derby’s Oscar experts derived from major media outlets, “Hacksaw Ridge” is in fifth place to win Best Picture with 66/1 odds. This film stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss in this Mel Gibson-directed war drama, a WWII American Army medic who served during the Battle of Okinawa while refusing to carry a weapon.
“Hidden Figures,” directed by Theodore Melfi, highlights the personal and professional lives of black female mathematicians who helped NASA launch their first successful space missions. It’s in sixth place to win Best Picture with 80/1 odds.
And Garth Davis‘ “Lion,” which is in seventh place to win with 80/1 odds, tells the story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy living in Australia who seeks out the family he was separated from in Calcutta 25 years ago.
Besides “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” other popular biopics to take home Oscar’s Best Picture trophy have included “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), “The Last Emperor” (1987), “Amadeus” (1984), “Gandhi” (1982) and “Patton” (1970). The first biopic to prevail was “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) about the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.
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