Oscar: Best Picture Winners–Release Date

Most Best Picture Oscar Winners were released in late fall

Will this year’s Best Picture Oscar be released in December What’s the best time to release a potentially Oscar contender No doubt in the fall, the season of serious, art films.

Over half of the Best Pictures (49 out of 79) were released between September and December

Over one fourth (21) in the month of December alone.

Below please find a chart of Oscar winners and their month of release.

Best Picture Winners by Month of Release

January-April: 15

The Broadway Melody (28-29), Feb
All Quiet on the Western Front (29-30), Apr
Cimarron (30-31), Jan
Grand Hotel (31-32), Apr
Cavalcade (32-33), Jan
It Happened One Night (34), Feb
The Great Ziegfeld (36), Apr
Rebecca (40), Mar
The Greatest Show on Earth (52), Jan
Marty (55), Apr
The Sound of Music (65), Mar
Patton (70), Feb
The Godfather (72), Mar
Annie Hall (77), Apr
The Silence of the Lambs (91), Feb

May-August: 14

The Life of Emile Zola (37), Aug
Mrs. Miniver (42), Jun
Going My Way Way (44), May
From Here to Eternity (53), Aug
On the Waterfront (54), Jul
Gigi (58), May
The Apartment (60), Jun
In the Heat of the Night (67), Aug
Midnight Cowboy (69), May
Unforgiven (92), Aug
Forrest Gump (94), Jul
Braveheart (95), May
Gladiator (2000), May
Crash (05), May

September-November: 8

Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Nov
You Can’t Take It With You 1938 Sep
How Green Was My Valley 1941 Oct
Casablanca 1943 Nov
The Best Years of Our Lives (46), Nov
Gentleman’s Agreement 1947 Nov
Hamlet 1948 Sep
All the King’s Men 1949 Nov
All About Eve 1950 Oct
An American in Paris 1951 Oct
Around the World in 80 Days (56), Oct
Ben-Hur (59), Nov
West Side Story (61), Oct
Tom Jones (63), Oct
My Fair Lady (64), Oct
The French Connection (71), Oct
The Sting (73), Oct
One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest (75), Nov
Rocky (76), Nov
Ordinary People (80), Sep
Chariots of Fire (81), Sep
Terms of Endearment (83), Nov
Amadeus (84), Sep
The Last Emperor (87), Nov
Dances With Wolves (90), Nov
The English Patient (96), Nov
American Beauty (99), Sep
The Departed (06), Sep

December: 21

Fences 2016

Gone With the Wind 1939
The Lost Weekend 1945
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
A Man for All Seasons 1966
Oliver! 1968
The Godfather, Part II 1974
The Deer Hunter 1978
Kramer Vs. Kramer 1979
Gandhi 1982
Out of Africa 1985
Platoon 1986
Rain Man 1988
Driving Miss Daisy 1989
Schindler’s List 1993
Titanic 1997
Shakespeare in Love 1998
A Beautiful Mind 2001
Chicago 2002
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003
Million Dollar Baby 2004