History of military and oscar


4/12/2015
All Quiet on the Western Front, a truly grim and gritty World War One film, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1930. World War One dominated American military films for a long time, until World War Two. Interestingly, although there have been many critically acclaimed films about the Vietnam War and the Iraq War today, World War Two films seem to be just as popular as they have ever been. World War Two films that depict the horrors of the Holocaust still pull in huge audiences and approving critics. ED note. I might replace Deer Hunter with something more positive – like Black Hawk Down. Even though The Deer Hunter is a great movie, it’s subject matter is very heavy. The Deer Hunter, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1978, is one of the most critically acclaimed movies about the Vietnam War. It's one of the films that helped make Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro the critical darlings that they still are today, decades later. However, military films about the more distant past continue to receive acclaim. The 1995 film Braveheart, for instance, was all about the First War of Scottish Independence. Since both historical dramas and military films tend to be honored at the Academy Awards, it stands to reason that films that fall into both categories are going to be particularly likely to receive acclaim. Many of the military films that have won Best Picture are largely set on the battlefield, but there are plenty of them that use the horrors of a given war as a setup for a great deal of the story's drama. For instance, the 1996 Best Picture winner the English Patient could be classified as a military film, but it is a film that manages to mix genres more than most military films and it focuses more on the politics and the aftermath of war than the battlefield. Plenty of war movies have set other important precedents at the Academy Awards. The Hurt Locker, for instance, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009. The director, Kathryn Bigelow, became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. Hollywood's reverence for well-done military films was strong enough to overcome its gender biases. Military films have a tremendous power over audience members and people within the film industry.
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