Since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grants an Oscar Award for Best Picture for every movie that captures the best essence of acting and filmography during the calendar year. Members of capable panelists join the Academy’s board and cast their vote to celebrate these actors and producers’ excellence each year.
There’s something about the 2010s that will always be special for Oscar’s history. Not only did we see a foreign-language movie win the most prestigious honor, but we also witnessed some of the greatest works ever come to life on screen in the 2010s. Here are the best movies of the 2010s, according to Academy Awards.
10 2010: ‘The King’s Speech’
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin won the Best Picture for their biographical drama, The King’s Speech, in 2010. The movie, which was adapted by real-life events, centers around King George VI amidst the height of World War 2. The British king works together with Lionel Logue, a language therapist from Australia, as he’s set to make his debut wartime radio broadcast to announce the British’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
9 2011: ‘The Artist’
In the next year, The Artist took home the award. Shot in the style of a black-and-white silent film, the French comedy-drama revolves around an up-and-coming young actress and her love interest, an older silent film star. It marked the first-ever Oscar win for a 100 percnet black-and-white film since 1960’s The Apartment. The movie itself was a box office hit with a $133 million gross in box office out of a $15 million budget.
8 2012: ‘Argo’
Argo is what happens when some of the brightest stars of the class get together for a project. George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, and Ben Affleck reflect on CIA agent Tony Mendez’s memoir, The Master of Disguise, to create an adrenaline-pacing espionage thriller. In Argo, you wear Mendez’s shoes as he attempts to rescue refugees by posing as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran.
7 2013: ’12 Years A Slave’
As the title of the movie suggests, 12 Years a Slave chronicles the struggle of the African-American community amidst the height of the slavery era. Adapted from the 1853 slave memoir of the same name, 12 Years a Slave follows Solomon Northup, an abolitionist who was forced to work on plantations in Louisiana for over 12 years before his journey to freedom. Out of a $20 million budget, 12 Years a Slave amassed a fantastic $187.7 million in the box office.
6 2014: ‘Birdman’
Birdman takes you to the chaotic wacky journey of a faded Hollywood actor who struggles to land a Broadway adaptation for a short story in the latter stage of his career. The actor, played by Michael Keaton, was known for his portrayal of “Birdman” during the peak of his career. Several A-list stars, including Zach Galifianakis, Lindsay Duncan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Edward Norton shared the stage with Keaton.
5 2015: ‘Spotlight’
If you’re into sleuthing journalism, Spotlight is your best bet. It’s a story of the world’s oldest operating investigative journalist unit of The Boston Globe, as the members try to connect the missing dots into cases of systemic child sex abuse by numerous priests in their area.
However, despite having a star-studded cast like Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, and Michael Keaton, Spotlight didn’t do too impressively in the box office.
4 2016: ‘Moonlight’
For many, Moonlight marked the start of something special. The coming-of-age drama chronicles the life of a young African-American male and his journey of navigating through adulthood amidst the rising hate towards the LGBTQ community.
It was the first movie with an all-black cast and the first LGBTQ-themed piece of work that won the prestigious award. Even so, many year-end publications listed Moonlight as one of the finest movies of the 21st century.
3 2017: ‘The Shape Of Water’
Dunkirk, Get Out, and Darkest Hour are only a few of the finest movies that came out in 2017. However, it was The Shape of Water that snatched the award for Best Picture. The romantic, dark fantasy celebrates an unlikely relationship between a mute cleaner at a high-end government laboratory and a humanoid amphibian creature.
2 2018: ‘Green Book’
Green Book follows two real-life best buddies, jazz pianist Don Shirley and bouncer Tony Lip, as they travel through the Deep South of the U.S. With a total of $321 million gross in the box office, Green Book was a bankable piece of art.
However, not many were happy with the movie, including Shirley’s family. His real-life brother, Maurice, said that many aspects were misrepresented in the movie.
1 2019: ‘Parasite’
Lastly, we have Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite from 2019. The movie pokes at the social distress and wealth disparity between the rich capitalists and the poor in a slow-paced black-comedy thriller. A poor South Korean family scams their way to work in a wealthy family by posing as highly-overqualified individuals. Parasite marked itself in the history book as the first foreign-language movie to win such the prestigious Oscar.