When this year’s Oscar ceremony takes place on Feb. 28, it will mark the 88th year of the Academy Awards — meaning we have 87 Best Picture winners to dig into so far. That’s a big number, so to help you wrap your head around it, Yahoo Movies has compiled a video of clips from every Best Picture winner ever, beginning with the 1927 silent war film Wings and ending with last year’s Birdman. It’s a crash course in Oscar history and film trends, and clocks in under three minutes. Watch it above!
The first year of the Academy Awards, only three films were nominated for Best Picture, but the competition became fiercer with time. By the 1930s, it wasn’t unusual to have a dozen films in the category, which is why the Academy capped the number of Best Picture nominees at five in 1944. It stayed that way until 2009, when the limit was increased to the current ten. This year’s eight Best Picture contenders, announced this morning, include The Big Short; Bridge of Spies; Brooklyn; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; The Revenant; Room; and Spotlight. Which one will join the likes of Casablanca, The Godfather Part II, and Titanic in the annals of Best Picture history? Tune into ABC on Feb. 28 to find out.