The Best Picture winners of the 1990s were like a box of chocolates, and it’s clear that “Forrest Gump” (1994) is your absolute favorite. The film annihilated the competition in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to pick your favorite Oscar winner of the decade, to the point that no other film even came close.
“Forrest Gump” won with a staggering 55% of your vote. The next highest vote-getters were “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) and “Titanic” (1997), which tied at 12% apiece. Next up was “Schindler’s List” (1993) at 9%, and rounding out the top five was “American Beauty” (1999) at 6%. Then there was “Braveheart” (1995) and “Unforgiven” (1992) at 2% each, followed by “Dances with Wolves” (1990) and “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) at 1%. The only film to not earn a single percentage point was “The English Patient” (1996).
“Forrest Gump” was the talk of the town in 1994, earning 13 Oscar nominations and taking home six trophies, including Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Picture.
The film was a huge cultural phenomenon, telling the story of a simple man named Forrest Gump (Hanks) and his accidental stumbling into defining moments in American history. It was the number one film at the U.S. box office in 1994, grossing $329 million domestic, with $677 million worldwide. The baby boomer-era soundtrack went on to sell over 12 million copies, while a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant was created that remains popular to this day.
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