92% of people can't guess these Academy Award-winning films by looking at just one image. Can you?

Andrew Katz

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Do you love movies? How about award shows? Do you think you've seen every one of these 50 award-winning films? These films are some of the best ever made, with an Academy Award to prove it! But 92% of people can't guess each film title from a single still shot. Can you? Prove it!

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1927's "Wings" is not only the first film to win Best Picture, it's the only silent film to do so. (2011's Oscar- winner, "The Artist," is only sort of silent; it has a soundtrack synced to the picture, and there is some dialogue spoken at the end.)

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1943's "Casablanca" was named Best Picture out of a field of ten nominees. It was the last time that there were so many nominees until the 2009 Academy Awards rule changes.

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Oscar acceptance speeches don't always need to be played off -- even if they're for the big awards. Here is producer Arthur Freed's entire speech when accepting the award for Best Picture for "An American in Paris" (1951): "Thank you. And thank you from my brilliant associates who made this possible: Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, and a great studio with real courage and leadership who supported me. Thank you."

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Best Picture winner "Ben-Hur" (1959) held the record for the most nominations (twelve) with the most wins (eleven) for thirty-eight years, when "Titanic" knocked it off its perch by receiving fourteen nominations. But, going by percentages, "Ben-Hur" beats "Titanic" (92% to 79%), as "Titanic" still only won eleven Oscars.

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Best Picture winner "West Side Story (1961) is the first film to have won two Best Director Oscars, too. Robert Wise directed the acting, while Jerome Robbins directed the dancing.

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Best Picture winner "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) was co-written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson, but only the former was included in the Adapted Screenplay nominations, as the latter was a victim of the McCarthy-era Blacklist. Wilson remained off the roster for thirty-three years, when the Academy's Board of Governors voted to add him.

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In 1966, during the Cold War, the BBC built a bomb shelter and programmed one hundred days of television to be broadcast on a loop in the event of a nuclear strike. Among the shows scheduled was that year's Best Picture Oscar winner, "The Sound of Music." (The nuclear shelter TV show catalog remained until 1993.)

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Back before the X rating was synonymous with porn, "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) became the only X-rated film to win Best Picture. A 1971 re-release of the film was re-edited for an R.

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Although never nominated himself, actor John Cazale was a good luck charm for movies in the 1970s. He appeared in a total of five films nominated for Best Picture: "The Conversation" (1974), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "The Deer Hunter" (1978), "The Godfather" (1972 and pictured here), and "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) -- the latter two of which won the Oscar.

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"One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) is the second film in AMPAS history to earn the Oscar 5-fecta: Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Actress and Writing. It flew away with them at the forty-eighth Academy Awards.

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At ninety-three minutes, "Annie Hall" (1977) is the second shortest Best Picture winner. This is only two minutes longer than the shortest winner, 1955's "Marty."

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The co-leads of Best Picture winner "Amadeus" (1984) were both up for Best Actor -- Tom Hulce for playing Mozart and F. Murray Abraham for playing his rival, Salieri. Mozart might have won the musical rivalry in real life, but Salieri got his revenge at the fifty-seventh Academy Awards, when Abraham took home the Oscar.

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Best Picture winner "Rain Man" (1988) also won Oscars for Best Actor, Directing and Writing. Neither producer Mark Johnson nor Director Barry Levinson mentioned each other in their acceptance speeches.

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"Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) is only the third film to win the Best Picture Oscar without its director being nominated. Co-producer Richard Zanuck made up for that slight starting with the fourth word of his Best Picture acceptance speech: "We're up here for really one very simple reason and that's the fact that Bruce Beresford is a brilliant director. It's as simple as that."

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The character, Stands With a Fist (Mary McDonnell), in Best Picture winner, "Dances with Wolves" (1990), is based on Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by the Comanche in 1836 at age 10. She lived with them until 1860. Her story is also the basis of the John Ford-John Wayne Western, "The Searchers" (1956).

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Producer Branko Lustig, when taking his turn at the microphone to accept the Oscar for Best Picture for "Schindler's List" (1993), dedicated his award to the six million Jews and other victims of the Nazis who were murdered in the "Shoah," saying, "My number was 83317. I am a Holocaust survivor... People died in front of me in the camps. Their last words were: 'Be a witness of my murder. Tell the world how I died. Remember.' Together with [producer] Gerry [Molen], by helping [producer-director] Steven [Spielberg] to make this movie, I hope I fulfill my obligation to the innocent victims of the Holocaust."

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Mykelti Williamson, Bubba in Best Picture winner "Forrest Gump" (1994), wore a prosthetic lip extension for his role. Unfortunately, this put a pause on his acting career, as people thought that director Robert Zemeckis, as Williamson puts it, "had discovered some weird-looking guy and put him in front of the camera." It wasn't until an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" that Williamson was able to set the record straight.

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"Braveheart" (1995) is one of eleven Best Picture winners that received zero acting nominations. However, its lead actor, Mel Gibson, did win a solo Oscar that night -- for directing.

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Producer Saul Zaentz ran out of money while making "The English Patient" (1996). Luckily for him, the cast and crew stayed in town -- they were shooting in Italy, after all -- so that when Harvey and Bob Weinstein came through and financed the picture, it was easy to pick up and finish the production.

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"Titanic" (1997) won eleven of the fourteen Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Director and Best Picture. Though mocked for closing his acceptance speech for the former with the movie line, "I'm King of the World!" James Cameron made up for it later when, during his acceptance speech for the latter, he asked the audience for a moment of silence for the 1,500 people who died when the Titanic sank.

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Adaptations of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" have been nominated for Best Picture three times, with the loosest adaptation, "West Side Story" (1961), being the only winner. Unless, of course, you count the movie loosely adapting (i.e. fictionalizing) Shakespeare's writing process of "Romeo and Juliet," 1998's "Shakespeare in Love."

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"Gladiator" (2000) was the last on-screen role for British actor Oliver Reed -- he died during filming. Reed was known for his drinking, which people blame for his death, as he suffered a heart attack while drinking with his wife at a bar in Malta.

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Producer Brian Grazer accepted the Oscar for Best Picture for "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). In his speech, he thanked move subjects John and Alicia Nash by saying, "You've not only inspired a movie that has given so many a greater understanding of the vagaries of the mind, but you've given us a greater understanding of ourselves. I hope in some way our movie helped to improve the way we feel about and treat the mentally ill."

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Both Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones were up for Best Supporting Actress for their roles in Best Picture winner "Chicago" (2002). Zeta-Jones took home the Oscar.

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"Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003) is one of two sequels to win Best Picture. (The other is 1974's "The Godfather, Part II.") It is the only final film in a trilogy to win.

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In 1972, Clint Eastwood presented Albert S. Ruddy with the Best Picture Oscar for "The Godfather." In 2004, the two accepted the Best Picture Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby" together. (They shared it with Tom Rosenberg.)

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The director and co-writer of Best Picture winner "Crash" (2005), Paul Haggis, was nominated for directing and co-writing as well; he won the latter. Haggis was also nominated for writing in the years bookending his win. Both of those movies, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) and "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006) were directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Martin Scorsese has been nominated for the Best Director Oscar nine times. It took him seven tries to finally win it -- for "The Departed" (2006), which also won Best Picture, Editing, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

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Best Picture winner "No Country for Old Men" (2007) is only the second film to have won two Best Director Oscars, too. Joel and Ethan Coen almost always co-direct their movies.

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When Christian Colson accepted the Best Picture Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire," he was accompanied on stage by over 25 members of the cast and crew. This started a trend, but no other Best Picture winner has had so many people on stage.

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"The Hurt Locker" (2009) is the only Best Picture winner to be directed by a woman. The film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, also won the Oscar that year for directing "The Hurt Locker," making her the first woman to win that award, too.

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Guy Pearce is one of the few performers to have starred in two Best Picture Oscar winners in a row. In 2009, he appeared in "The Hurt Locker," and in 2010, he was in the film in this image, "The King's Speech."

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"The Artist" (2011) is the last all black-and-white film to win Best Picture. (1960's "The Apartment" had the claim prior to this.)

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"Argo" (2012) won Best Picture despite its director, Ben Affleck, being passed over for a directing nod. Affleck did receive the Oscar as one of the three producers of the film, and co-winners George Clooney and Grant Heslov let Affleck take the mic to accept the award.

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Despite losing Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron, who directed "Gravity," Steve McQueen was able to take the mic while accepting the Oscar for Best Picture for "12 Years a Slave" (2013). McQueen dedicated his award to " all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today," saying, "Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live."

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Writer-Director-Producer Alejandro G. Inarritu, when accepting the Best Picture award for "Birdman" (2014) quipped, "Maybe next year the government will inflict some immigration rules to the Academy. Two Mexicans in a row, that's suspicious, I guess." (He was referring to his win as Best Director, which had been won the previous year by Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity.") He was off by a few years (and continents); in 2017, the United States issued a temporary halt on immigration from Iran, keeping Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi (for Best Foreign Language Film THE SALESMAN) from attending the ceremony.

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When accepting the Best Picture Oscar for "Spotlight" (2015), a film about the reporters breaking the story on the child abuse cover-up scandal in the Boston Archdiocese, producers Michael Sugar and Blye Pagon Faust each used the platform to share a message. Sugar said, "This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith." Faust said, "We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters. Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism."

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"The Broadway Melody" is the first sound film to win Best Picture -- and it wasn't even nominated! (Actually, no films were nominated; they only announced the winners at the second Academy Awards on April 30, 1930.)

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"Cimarron" (1931) won Best Picture, but it's director, Wesley Ruggles, despite being nominated, didn't win the Best Directing trophy. That went to Norman Taurog for "Skippy."

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"Grand Hotel" (1932) won Best Picture at the fifth Academy Awards, despite its director, Edmund Goulding, not even getting a Best Directing nomination. Critics sometimes make a big deal about movies winning Best Picture without being nominated for Best Director, but this was actually the case at the very first Academy Awards, when "Wings" director William Wellman wasn't nominated for either the comedy or the drama categories.

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The Oscar awarded to Best Picture winner "Cavalcade" (1933) was auctioned off on February 28, 2012, for the price of $332,165. Starting at $1,000, it had only thirteen bids. According to auctioneer Nate D. Sanders, it was "the earliest best picture Oscar to ever be offered at auction."

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"It Happened One Night" (1934) is the first film in AMPAS history to earn the Oscar 5-fecta: Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Actress, and Writing. It happened at the seventh Academy Awards.

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"Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) is the first Best Picture winner to have three of its performers vying for Best Actor in the same year: Clark Cable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone. All three lost to Victor McLaglen for his role in "The Informer."

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Luise Rainer, Best Actress winner for 1936's Best Picture winner, "The Great Ziegfeld," is the first person to win more than one Oscar, the first person to win Oscars in consecutive years, and the youngest person to win two acting awards. Her other win is for 1937's Best Picture loser, "The Good Earth," which she won at age twenty-seven.

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"The Life of Emile Zola" (1937) is the second biopic to win the Best Picture Oscar and the first film to be nominated for ten Academy Awards. It won three. (The others were Supporting Actor and Writing.)

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Frank Capra directed four Best Picture nominees in a row. The third, "You Can't Take It with You" (1938) is the only winner in that streak. It was also the third and final film for which Capra won Best Director.

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"Rebecca" (1940) director Alfred Hitchcock also directed another film up for Best Picture in the same year, "Foreign Correspondent." Hitchcock was only nominated for directing one of them, however. Despite eleven nominations for "Rebecca" and six nominations for "Foreign Correspondent," Hitchcock's films only won two awards (Best Picture and Best Cinematography for "Rebecca"), and neither Oscar went home with him.

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Walter Pidgeon is one of the few performers to star in a Best Picture Oscar winner two years in a row. In 1941, he starred in "How Green Was My Valley" (the film in this image). In 1942, he was in "Mrs. Miniver."

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William Wyler directed seven Best Picture nominees in a row. The seventh, "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) is the only winner in that streak. It was also the first film for which Wyler won Best Director.

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"All Quiet on the Western Front" was nominated in four categories at the 1929/30 Academy Awards: Cinematography, Writing, Directing and Outstanding Production (the precursor to Best Picture). It won the latter two awards.

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