A look back: Best Picture winners of the past decade

With only 3 days left until the big show the stress level is down but the excitement is higher than ever. What will everyone be wearing? What are some of the surprises in store? And most importantly, who will take home the big prizes? The biggest prize of course being, Best Picture.

The coveted Best Picture prize is the most talked about award in film and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the previous winners. Because the Academy has storied history that dates back almost 83 years, I decided to just focus on the winners of the past decade.

The Academy recognizes films from the previous years, so the timeline will range from 1999-2008, and the Best Picture winner at the 82nd Academy Awards will be for the year 2009. (Make sense?)

72nd Academy Awards

1999

(Dreamworks)

American Beauty

directed by: Sam Mendes

73rd Academy Awards

2000

(Dreamworks, Universal)

Gladiator

directed by: Ridley Scott

74th Academy Awards

2001

(Universal, Dreamworks)

A Beautiful Mind

directed by: Ron Howard

75th Academy Awards

2002

(Miramax)

Chicago

directed by: Rob Marshall

76th Academy Awards

2003

(New Line Cinema)

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

directed by: Peter Jackson

77th Academy Awards

2004

(Warner Bros.)

Million Dollar Baby

directed by: Clint Eastwood

78th Academy Awards

2005

(Lions Gate Entertainment)

Crash

directed by: Paul Haggis

79th Academy Awards

2006

(Warner Bros.)

The Departed

directed by: Martin Scorsese

80th Academy Awards

2007

(Miramax, Paramount Vantage)

No Country For Old Men

directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen

81st Academy Awards

2008

(Fox Searchlight)

Slumdog Millionaire

directed by: Danny Boyle

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