Will ‘The Monuments Men’ be 17th war film to win Best Picture at Oscars? [Gallery]

It’s no surprise that war movies have done so well at the Oscars, winning Best Picture 16 times over 85 years. They provide everything a voter needs to see of the three essential elements: range, impact and empathy. This genre offers heroism, toughness, surprise, suffering and even death.

Will George Clooney‘s new film “The Monuments Men” be the next war-themed Best Picture champ? Vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

The movie, due out in December, boasts an all-star cast led by Clooney and three other Oscar winners — Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Jean Dujardin — as well as Emmy winner John Goodman and Oscar nominee Bill Murray. The story centers on an Allied group during World War II saving art and cultural items before they are destroyed by the Nazis.

At the bottom of this post, take a tour through our photo gallery below featuring tributes to the 16 Best Picture winners that were set in a time of war. They range from the first film to win this prize — the WWI epic “Wings” (1928) — to the most recent — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), which was set during the Iraq war. 

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