Movies are listed in the year they won the Oscar (they were released the year prior).

2017: "Moonlight"

Credit: AP / David Bornfriend

Cast: Mahershala Ali. Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe

Director: Barry Jenkins

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2016: "Spotlight"

Credit: AP

Cast: Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James

Director: Tom McCarthy

2015: "Birdman"

Credit: Twentieth Century Fox / Atsushi Nishijima

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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2014: "12 Years a Slave"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures / Jaap Buitendijk

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o

Director: Steve McQueen

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

Director: Ben Affleck

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Credit: AP

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Cast: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

Credit: Miramax Films / Richard Foreman

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Credit: Warner Bros.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin

Director: Martin Scorsese

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito

Director: Paul Haggis

(Pictured: director Paul Haggis, shown holding the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture while attending the annual Vanity Fair magazine Oscar party at Morton's The Steakhouse in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 5, 2006. Both trophies were awarded to the 2004 film "Crash;" Haggis directed the film.)

Credit: AP

Cast: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Director: Clint Eastwood

Credit: New Line Productions

Cast: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis

Director: Peter Jackson

Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly

Director: Rob Marshall

(Pictured: Producer Martin Richards, holding the 2003 Academy Award for Best Picture Oscar statuette during the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 23, 2003. Richards produced the winning film, the 2002 movie version of the musical "Chicago.")

Credit: AP

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany

Director: Ron Howard

Credit: Dreamworks/Universal

Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Director: Ridley Scott

Credit: AP

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari

Director: Sam Mendes

Credit: AP Photo/Rene Macura

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Judi Dench

Director: John Madden

(Pictured: actor Gwyneth Paltrow smiles for the photographers while holding the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actress Oscar statuette, as she arrives at the Vanity Fair magazine post-Oscar party on Sunday, March 21, 1999 in West Hollywood, CA. Paltrow won for her role in the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love.")

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Director: James Cameron

Credit: Miramax Film / Phil Bray

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth

Director: Anthony Minghella

Credit: AP / Paramount Pictures

Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack

Director: Mel Gibson

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Credit: Universal Pictures

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Director: Steven Spielberg

Credit: Handout

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Director: Clint Eastwood

Credit: Orion Pictures

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald

Director: Jonathan Demme

Credit: AP Photo/Bob Galbraith

Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant

Director: Kevin Costner

(Pictured: Kevin Costner, acknowledging the press during the 63rd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, on Monday, March 25, 1991. Costner won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the 1990 film "Dances With Wolves;" the movie also won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Picture.)

Credit: Zanuck Company

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd

Director: Bruce Beresford

Credit: AP

Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Victor Wong

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Credit: Orion Pictures/Ricky Francisco

Cast: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David, Forest Whitaker

Director: Oliver Stone

Credit: AP Photo/Lennox McLendon

Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

Director: Sydney Pollack

(Pictured: Sydney Pollack, at the 58th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 24, 1986. Pollack, the director and producer of the 1985 film "Out of Africa," won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the movie, which also won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Picture.)

Credit: AP

Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

Director: Milos Forman

(Pictured: from left to right, director Milos Forman, actor F. Murray Abraham and producer Saul Zaentz, posing for the camera at the 57th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 1985. Forman won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Director and Abraham won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Actor, both for their work on the 1984 film "Amadeus;" the movie won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Picture.)

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, John Lithgow, Jeff Daniels

Director: James L. Brooks

Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud

Director: Richard Attenborough

(Pictured: Director Richard Attenborough, left, and actor Ben Kingsley pose with their Oscars statuettes at the 55th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 11, 1983. Attenborough won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Director and Kingsley won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Actor; both were honored for their work in the 1982 film "Gandhi." The movie won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.)

Credit: AP

Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige

Director: Hugh Hudson

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton

Director: Robert Redford

(Pictured: Actors Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton, at the 53rd annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, March 31, 1981. Hutton won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in the 1980 film "Ordinary People;" the movie won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.)

Credit: Columbia Pictures

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Director: Robert Benton

Credit: Universal City Studio

Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep

Director: Michael Cimino

Credit: United Artists

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall

Director: Woody Allen

Credit: AP

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Director: John G. Avildsen

Credit: AP

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield

Director: Milos Forman

Credit: AP

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Credit: AP

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Director: George Roy Hill

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Cazale

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi

Director: William Friedkin

Credit: AP

Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver

Director: John Schlesinger

Credit: United Artists / Photofest

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Director: Norman Jewison

Credit: AP

Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Director: Robert Wise

Credit: Warner Bros.

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Director: George Cukor

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Diane Cilento

Director: Tony Richardson

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif

Director: David Lean

Credit: United Artists

Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

Director: Billy Wilder

(Pictured: from left to right, actor Gina Lollobrigida, director Billy Wilder and actor Audrey Hepburn, at the 33rd annual Academy Awards, held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, April 17, 1961. Wilder was presented with the 1961 Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the 1960 movie "The Apartment," which also won the 1961 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.)

Credit: MGM

Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd

Director: William Wyler

Credit: AP

Cast: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

Director: Vincente Minnelli

(Pictured: From left to right: actor Ingrid Bergman and producer Arthur Freed, during the 31st annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, April 6, 1959. Freed is shown here accepting the 1959 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Oscar statuette, which honored the 1958 film "Gigi," an Arthur Freed production.)

Credit: AP

Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

Director: David Lean

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Shirley MacLaine

Director: Michael Anderson

(Pictured: Producer Michael Todd, at the 29th annual Academy Award ceremony, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, March 27, 1957, with the Oscar statuette awarded for the 1956 film "Around the World in 80 Days." The movie won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.)

Credit: United Artists

Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair

Director: Delbert Mann

Credit: Everett Collection / Columbia Pictures

Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint

Director: Elia Kazan

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

(Pictured: Actor Jimmy Stewart is pictured as he appears throughout the 1952 film, "The Greatest Show on Earth." The movie won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Credit: AP

Cast: Broderick Crawford, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge

Director: Robert Rossen

(Pictured: Standing from left to right: Broderick Crawford, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Rossen, Mercedes McCambridge and Dean Jagger, at the 22nd annual Academy Awards ceremony at RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 23, 1950. Crawford won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Actor, McCambridge for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, both for their work in the 1949 film "All the King's Men," which won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture; Rossen wrote, produced and directed the movie.)

Credit: Universal Pictures

Cast: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney

Director: Laurence Olivier

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm

Director: Elia Kazan (Pictured: Actor Celeste Holm, at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 20, 1948, giving her acceptance speech after winning the 1948 Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1947 film "Gentleman's Agreement." The movie also won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.)

Credit: RKO

Cast: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo

Director: William Wyler

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling

Director: Billy Wilder

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart

Director: Leo McCarey

Credit: AP

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre

Director: Michael Curtiz

Credit: AP

Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty

Director: William Wyler

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

(Pictured: filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, in a 1980 photograph. Among his many movies, Hitchcock directed the 1940 film "Rebecca," which won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.)

Credit: Warner Bros.

Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland

Director: Victor Fleming

Credit: AP

Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold

Director: Frank Capra

(Pictured: Frank Capra poses with his special Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., in 1934. Capra was honored with the award for best direction for his movie "It Happened One Night." He also directed the 1938 movie "You Can't Take It with You," which won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Film.)

Credit: AP

Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Director: Robert Z. Leonard

(Pictured: Oscar winners Paul Muni (holding statuette), Louise Rainer (center) and Frank Capra are shown during the ninth annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 4, 1937. Rainer won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1936 film "The Great Ziegfeld.")

Credit: AP Photo

Cast: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Director: Frank Lloyd

(Pictured: actor Charles Laughton, photographed rehearsing for a radio broadcast on on Feb. 12, 1936 in London, UK. He was nominated for the 1936 Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in the 1935 film "Mutiny on the Bounty," which won the 1936 Academy Award for Best Picture.)

Credit: AP

Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Director: Frank Capra

Credit: AP Photo/Murray Becker

Cast: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore

Director: Edmund Goulding

(Pictured: Actor John Barrymore, in his home in Bayside, Queens on Jan. 30, 1940. Barrymore starred in the 1932 film "Grand Hotel," which won the 1933 Academy Award for Best Picture, which at that time was known as the Academy Award for Outstanding Production.)

Credit: AP

Cast: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, William Collier Jr.

Director: Wesley Ruggles

Credit: AP

Cast: Lewis Aynes, Louis Wolheim, John Wray

Director: Lewis Milestone

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cast: Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper

Director: William A. Wellman

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