17 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best

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17 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.”

A landside, indeed. Blame the advent of 24-hour cable news, the popularity of reality TV or social media, which allows anyone to invent their own version of their life for public consumption on a daily basis. But biopics have over-run awards season of late while fictional features are becoming a rarity at this time of year, save for the constant stream of comic-book adventures.

Consider that in 1939, often referred to as the greatest year for movies in Hollywood history, all 10 Best Picture candidates – including the winner, “Gone With the Wind” – were based on fictional premises. In fact, only two biopics –“The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn and “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda — settled for nominations in other categories but collected no wins that year.

That was then.
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