Best Picture winners for a broader audience
Sunday night, the red carpet will roll out in Hollywood once again in preparation for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Ever since the awards began in 1929, the Oscars have gathered celebrities together to recognize the best productions and performances of the year.
But what the Academy voters dub as "Best Picture" does not always appeal to broader audiences, especially families. In the past 50 years, 25 of the Best Picture winners have been given R-ratings, including 13 of the past 20.
Winning Best Picture doesn't necessarily translate to box-office success, either. The 2006 winner, "Crash," totaled $54.6 million in domestic sales. In 2010, "The Hurt Locker," an R-rated war film, took home Best Picture but brought in a mere $17 million. By way of comparison, the 2012 list of the top 100 films at the box office ends with "The Five-Year Engagement," which fell just short of $29 million.
But not all Best Picture winners are esoteric films appealing to smaller numbers of viewers, and there are some that are appropriate for broader, and in some cases family, audiences.
Following are Best Picture winners from the past 50 years that could fit that criteria. A few contain some violence and challenging themes, PG-13-level profanity and limited sexual content.
The years listed are when the film received the Best Picture award.Related: A history of surprising — and sometimes puzzling — Academy Award wins
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