How do you choose ‘the best’ when it comes to art?. There are few objective measures of quality when it comes to things that make you feel, and even those are flawed. You can’t have a Finals between films, which means you can’t have a proper winner. This is the age-old conundrum of institutions like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But, at the end of the day, humans like to reward the things they love. Which is why, year after year, millions tune in to watch the Oscars, and why winning an Oscar matters. It offers exposure, it offers prestige, and it offers a place in the pantheon of film history.
The Academy is known to make some bad calls. Nobody’s perfect, and 6,000+ people voting on dozens of films are certain to be imperfect. Instead of nitpicking where the Academy went wrong, we’ve collected 10 of the best Best Picture winners in history.