What do such awards season contenders as “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami,” “Mank,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “Promising Young Woman,” “The Prom,” “Minari,” “Nomadland” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” have in common? They are all considered to be ensemble films, with many of them presumed to be potential front-runners at the 2021 Academy Awards.
In our latest photo gallery, you can see how we ranked the 15 greatest ensembles from Best Picture winners at the Oscars. All of them had star-packed casts, with some of them quite well known when the films were released and others who were virtual unknowns when they joined the cast.
Our rankings include “Casablanca” (Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart), “The Silence of the Lambs” (Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins), “Gone with the Wind” (Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable), “Titanic” (Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio), “The Godfather” (Marlon Brando, Al Pacino) and more. One notable qualifying asset? Multiple acting nominations or wins for the cast. In the comments section, tell us which Oscar-winning Best Pictures feature your favorite ensemble cast and why.