Oscar season is in full swing, with experts and moviegoers alike trying to predict what will be crowned the 2018 Best Picture. With the decade nearing its end, Best Picture has gone to a diverse selection of movies, including a lighthearted homage to the silent era, a brutal drama about slavery and an eccentric tragicomedy about how difficult it is to be a creative person. But which one is your absolute favorite winner of the decade?
Let’s take a look back on the first seven Oscar winners for Best Picture from the 2010s and be sure to vote in our poll below.
“The King’s Speech” (2010) — Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” is a love letter to the power of friendship and patience, telling the story of King George VI (Colin Firth) and his battle to overcome his stammer. Its victory was a notorious one, with “The Social Network” sweeping almost all the critic prizes including Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice before the industry went with the more emotional, heart-tugging choice. Hooper and Firth won Best Director and Actor, respectively, with the film also winning Original Screenplay.
“The Artist” (2011) — “The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, was the first (mostly) silent film to win Best Picture since the very first, “Wings.” The film was stylized to fit the era in which it was set, centering on silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and his struggle to adjust to the “talkies” being the new industry standard. Dujardin won Best Actor, Hazanavicius won Director and the film won Costume Design and Original Score.
“Argo” (2012) — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” is based on the true story of the CIA’s attempt to extract American diplomats trapped in Iran during the country’s hostage crisis. “Argo” was the only film this decade to completely sweep award season, winning at Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA, DGA, PGA and WGA before the Oscars. This, despite Affleck’s high-profile snub in Best Director. The film also won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing.
“12 Years a Slave” (2013) — Steve McQueen’s emotional drama “12 Years a Slave” chronicles free African American man Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejoifor) and his experience being sold into slavery in which he toils away for a dozen years. “12 Years a Slave” won two other Oscars, for Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o and Adapted Screenplay.
“Birdman” (2014) — “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” about former superhero actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) and his desire to be taken seriously on Broadway, was another case of the industry diverging from the critics. While “Boyhood” took the lion’s share of critics prizes, “Birdman” won the industry awards and ultimately the Oscar. The Academy also awarded it Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, Original Screenplay and Cinematography.
“Spotlight” (2015) — Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” a drama about the “Boston Globe” reporters who uncovered the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, proved that you don’t need to be a big splashy production to be considered best. The only other award it received at the Oscars was Best Original Screenplay for McCarthy and Josh Singer.
“Moonlight” (2016) — Our most recent Best Picture is “Moonlight,” a quietly devastating character study about Chiron, a young black boy growing up in impoverished Miami and grappling with his sexuality. Just about everyone assumed “La La Land” would win given its dominance at the precursors, and the shock of “Moonlight’s” victory was amplified further by the insanity of its presentation at the ceremony.
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