Every year since the first Academy Awards ceremony took place in 1929, the royalty of the silver screen line up on the red carpet to celebrate the artistry of film making. On February 28, individuals from all areas of the industry will meet together for the 88th Academy Awards ceremony when the winners for 2015 will be announced.
The Al Harris Library’s Best Picture Winners display showcases these award-winning films. There are many interesting background stories regarding these movies. At the 11th Academy Awards presentation in 1939, a special award for film innovation was given to Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but it was not until 2001 that a separate category for best animated feature film was added to the awards. The first winner in this category was Shrek.
The most successful winning films in Oscar history are Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Each of these pictures won 11 Oscars, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the only film to win every award for which it was nominated. The Artist, 20ll’s winner, is unusual since it steps back in time as a silent movie that was filmed completely in black and white. The last time a black and white film had won was The Apartment in 1960. Wings, the only other silent film to win the Best Picture award, received the honor at the very first ceremony.
For more information about these titles and more winners, see the display in the glass case near the doors of the library. Remember that all of these titles are available for you to check out; just ask someone at Circulation for assistance. For details about the event on February 28, you can check The Oscars.