Oscar Best Picture winners in order: ‘The Shape of Water’ joins these 89 esteemed films

On Oscar’s 90th birthday, “The Shape of Water” was declared the winner of Best Picture in a move that most awards pundits didn’t see coming. Of the 89 former Best Picture winners, Guillermo del Toro‘s fairy tale for troubled times is now only the second fantasy film to claim the honor after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” While that 2003 epic had dragons and hobbits, “The Shape of Water” tells the story of a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a sea creature. “Shape” also won Best Director, Best Score and Best Production Design. Click through our photo gallery above to see our updated Best Picture gallery featuring all 90 winners in order.

SEE 2018 Oscars: Complete list of winners (and losers)

One of Oscar’s favorite genres over the past nine decades has been war movies. In all, 16 war films have won Best Picture including most recently “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “The English Patient” (1996), “Braveheart” (1995) and “Schindler’s List” (1993). This year “Dunkirk” came within striking distance of joining that list after taking home trophies for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 2018 Oscars.

Many awards pundits were banking on horror satire “Get Out” to win Best Picture, but it only came away with the trophy for Best Original Screenplay. Only a single horror film has won the top prize: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). However, “Silence” had overwhelming support from the academy as it won five of its seven Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).

Another favorite this year was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” which won a pair of Oscars for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). “Three Billboards” is now the sixth film in Oscar history to win those two acting prizes after “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), “Terms of Endearment” (1983), “Cabaret” (1972), “Hud” (1963) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). Of this sextet, only “Million Dollar Baby” and “Terms of Endearment” walked away with Best Picture.

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