And The Academy Award Goes To... - A Shuffled Oscar Best Picture Winners Timeline

INTRODUCTION
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Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively "Daniels") accepting the Best Picture award for Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) at the 95th Academy Awards, 2023. [OTL]

After witnessing @King of the Uzbeks, @PGSBHurricane, @The British President, and @JoeCarioca2491 try their hands at shuffled Disney Animated Canon and even Mario chronology timelines, I've been inspired to do one that's as expansive... but one that has far more implications for film history.

I've been a fancaster for a while and a part of the MyCast communtity, and it'll be interesting to see not just how the new placements of the films affect the plot, but also how well they do and whoever gets cast in them. I'll try to make rudimentary film posters for all 95 films to be featured throughout this timeline.

Without further ado, this is And the Academy Award Goes To...
 
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THE LIST
Unlike the aforementioned timelines, I've decided to reveal the list ahead of time because this is entirely uncharted territory for me and some feedback might help for some of the more obscure films.

THE LIST:

Film nameRankingRelease date
The Artist11927/28
On the Waterfront21928/29
Unforgiven31929/30
Wings41930/31
The Shape of Water51931/32
The Bridge on the River Kwai61932/33
In the Heat of the Night71934
A Beautiful Mind81935
Gladiator91936
Out of Africa101937
All Quiet on the Western Front111938
Tom Jones121939
West Side Story131940
Ordinary People141941
Mrs. Miniver151942
Crash161943
Chicago171944
The Greatest Show on Earth181945
Grand Hotel191946
Green Book201947
Lawrence of Arabia211948
CODA221949
Marty231950
Gone with the Wind241951
Gentleman's Agreement251952
Gandhi261953
The Sound of Music271954
The French Connection281955
Forrest Gump291956
The Great Ziegfeld301957
My Fair Lady311958
Shakespeare in Love321959
Titanic331960
Patton341961
All the Kings Men351962
Rebecca361963
American Beauty371964
Annie Hall381965
A Man for All Seasons391966
The Departed401967
The Apartment411968
Driving Miss Daisy421969
The Life of Emile Zola431970
Mutiny on the Bounty441971
The Deer Hunter451972
No Country for Old Men461973
The Broadway Melody471974
Ben-Hur481975
Chariots of Fire491976
An American in Paris501977
The Sting511978
Gigi521979
Terms of Endearment531980
Spotlight541981
The Best Years of our Lives551982
Midnight Cowboy561983
12 Years a Slave571984
Oliver!581985
Million Dollar Baby591986
Kramer vs. Kramer601987
Going My Way611988
From Here to Eternity621989
The Silence of the Lambs631990
Rocky641991
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest651992
Schindler's List661993
Rain Man671994
How Green Was My Valley681995
Hamlet691996
Moonlight701997
Parasite711998
Cavalcade721999
All About Eve732000
The King's Speech742001
Slumdog Millionaire752002
Everything Everywhere All At Once762003
The Godfather772004
Dances with Wolves782005
Nomadland792006
The Last Emperor802007
Argo812008
Platoon822009
Amadeus832010
Cimarron842011
Birdman852012
Around the World in 80 Days862013
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King872014
The Hurt Locker882015
Braveheart892016
The English Patient902017
It Happened One Night912018
Casablanca922019
The Lost Weekend932020
The Godfather Part II942021
You Can't Take It With You952022
 
1. The Artist (1927)
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(2011 -> 1927)

[WIP]
Film poster.

The Artist is a French comedy-drama silent film directed by Abel Gance and starring Rudolph Valentino and Jeanne "Musidora" Roques, which focuses on the relationship between a rising young actress (Musidora) and an older silent film star (Valentino) throughout the changing film landscape of France in the 1920s.

The film was critically acclaimed by critics, who praised the romantic storyline, its cinematography, and its score — of particular interest is the film's depiction of the 1920s French film industry, which makes it a strikingly-excellent period piece of the era in France as a whole. In 1997, the film was selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress as "historically significant".


* In our timeline, The Artist was the first mainly-silent film to win the Awards since Wings, OTL's 1st Best Picture winner; this ended up being a really lucky pick.
* With the "silent film -> talkies" element of the plot being largely anachronistic for the 1927 release of the film, I opted to have it be a simple love story amidst France's changing film landscape.
 
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* In our timeline, The Artist was the first mainly-silent film to win the Awards since Wings, OTL's 1st Best Picture winner; this ended up being a really lucky pick.
Actually, "The Jazz Singer" was deemed ineligible for the Academy Awards even through it came out in the same qualifying period, so the original premise would have been seen as prophetic, thus making "The Artist" more relevant.
 
2. On the Waterfront (1929)
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(1954 -> 1929)

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On the Waterfront is an American crime drama directed by F.W. Murnau and starring Emil Jannings in the lead role, focusing on corruption, extortion, and exploitation on the docks of New Jersey during the 1920s. The film is notable for being the first partially-talkie film to be nominated for the Oscars.

The film was initially controversial among 1920s audiences upon its release for its portrayal of working-class unrest, but after some deliberation, especially after the disastrous Great Depression swayed audiences towards its themes, it was ultimately nominated and won Best Picture. It is renowned today as one of the best films ever made.


* Ironically, our timeline's On the Waterfront contains Leonard Bernstein's only original film score not adapted from a stage production with songs.
* While the film itself wouldn't be able to release during the actual Depression (being ineligible to do so for the 2nd Oscars), I imagine a lot of people would relate to its plot when the Depression starts up. The 2nd Oscars, after all, wouldn't happen until 1930.
 
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The Shape of Water51931/32
So I presume that this film will be a Universal horror movie of some kind?

Gandhi261953
This will be an interesting film, maybe even more than OTL, due to it only being made five years after his death, and the time period in American history when it came to representation of non-White people on the screen…

Titanic331960
Oh!!! A 1960s disaster movie version of Titanic would be awesome! But with some of the survivors still being alive it might hit a little bit too close for home to them.

The Deer Hunter451972
An earlier Vietnam war movie during the Vietnam War should be interesting to say the least.

No Country for Old Men461973
Made earlier than the setting of the OTL novel, again interesting.

Spotlight541981
An earlier Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal? This would rock 1980s America.

12 Years a Slave571984
Oh my god, if this is as unapologetic as the OTL film, I could imagine this being an awesome flick amongst the more conservative and sanitised depictions of African Americans in 1980s Reagan America (I.e the Cosby Show, yikes).

The Silence of the Lambs631990
Made a year earlier, don’t see major differences there.

Schindler's List661993
Released the same year, huh, nice.

Moonlight701997
Another groundbreaking film, if made without any censorship or restrictions, could provide for a lot of interesting discussions, debates, and talking points about LGBT people and African Americans in the media and film.

Parasite711998
Again, a good earlier version of this film would start up a discussion in recently democratised South Korea, and would be a pleasant surprise for the mostly American (and White) dominated Oscars.

Everything Everywhere All At Once762003
A two decade earlier early 2000s version of this film would be interesting, especially if it still has a Chinese-American cast. I wonder if maybe Michelle Yeoh will still star in it.

Around the World in 80 Days862013
I wonder how a modern day 2010s movie adaptation of a Jules Verne novel would be like…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King872014
A 2010 LOTR franchise sounds interesting, hopefully not too much bad CGI replacing practical effects though…

Braveheart892016
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It Happened One Night912018
Casablanca922019
I love the idea of these old classic movies being remade into the modern day (and not in the shitty OTL way without ATL influences), it’s a cool idea for me to think about.
 
So I presume that this film will be a Universal horror movie of some kind?
Gonna retain some elements of the original, including the romance, which should prove interesting - do note that the OTL Black Lagoon film was only made in 1954.
This will be an interesting film, maybe even more than OTL, due to it only being made five years after his death, and the time period in American history when it came to representation of non-White people on the screen…
Agreed.
Oh!!! A 1960s disaster movie version of Titanic would be awesome! But with some of the survivors still being alive it might hit a little bit too close for home to them.
There's also A Night to Remember to consider; the love story angle should prove interesting and my aim is for that aspect to separate it enough from the 1958 film to win an Oscar.
A two decade earlier early 2000s version of this film would be interesting, especially if it still has a Chinese-American cast. I wonder if maybe Michelle Yeoh will still star in it.
I could see this film popularizing the concept of a "multiverse" way earlier in mainstream cinema, as compared to OTL where it arrived amidst the existing multiverse craze brought about by the MCU and other mega-franchises.
I wonder how a modern day 2010s movie adaptation of a Jules Verne novel would be like…
They adapt it in the original setting; I suspect a modernized adaptation, even with some changes to extend the travel time to 80 Days, wouldn't be as fun.
I love the idea of these old classic movies being remade into the modern day (and not in the shitty OTL way without ATL influences), it’s a cool idea for me to think about.
Also agreed.
 
In Theory, the Titanic film could have some of the survivors help make the film depending on how old they are/who's alive.
A Night to Remember in 1958 had Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall as a technical advisor.
 
God damn somebody beat me to this! I jest only in part! I had the idea but I know I'm not gonna touch it, I'm not a writer x3 Can't wait to see where you take all of this :)
 
3. Unforgiven (1930)
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(1992 -> 1930)

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Unforgiven is an American pre-Code western directed by Wesley Ruggles, and starring Leslie Howard, Cary Grant, Charles Laughton, and John Barrymore. The film centers around aging outlaw and killer William Munny (Howard), who reluctantly takes on one last job after the disfigurement of a prostitute in 1880 Wyoming.

While some aspects of the film were controversial among 1930s audiences, including its violent revenge plot, the film was still critically acclaimed. Nowadays, the film is seen as one of the more undeserving Academy Award winners, and is often criticized for its racist overtones. Akiro Kurosawa would make a critically-acclaimed Japanese adaptation of the film 21 years later in 1951, during the high of his post-Rashomon success.


* Unforgiven winning in 1992 isn't that far-fetched; Cimarron (1931) won OTL's 4th Oscars, hence the director choice for this one.
* Looking at the OTL list, it's interesting seeing All Quiet on the Western Front in both 1930, as a winner, and 2022, as a nominee.
 
4. Wings (1931) New
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(1927 -> 1931)

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Film poster.

Wings is an American romantic war-action film directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, and Richard Arlen. The film is about the love triangle formed by two World War I fighter pilots (Gable, Arlen) who have fallen in love with the same woman (Dietrich).

Upon release, the film was hailed for its realistic air combat sequences and technical feats, becoming an instant success. It became the benchmark upon which future war films were measured. The film is also known as one of the first widely-released films to feature nudity.


* Wings ended up pretty close to the original, so I'm not changing much here other than some of the cast and the fact that the film has sound now. I kept Wellman and Arlen because of their actual combat experience.
 
5. The Shape of Water (1932) New
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(2017 -> 1932)

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The Shape of Water is an American romantic sci-fi fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming, and starring Norma Shearer, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, and Boris Karloff. The film explores the unlikely romance between a mute custodian at a government facility (Shearer) and an aquatic monster being kept at the facility (Karloff).

The film would be critically acclaimed, with the novel "forbidden romance" aspect gaining popularity among most audiences, even if it gained a couple detractors along the way. The "Amphibian Man" would appear in a few more films, including Return of the Amphibian, a well-received sequel from director James Whale, ultimately cementing him as a beloved member of the so-called Universal Monsters franchise. Creature from the Black Lagoon, a horror reimagining of the film by Jack Arnold, would be released in 1954 to critical acclaim.


* Unfortunately, Creature from the Black Lagoon was released in 1954. This does, however, give me an opportunity to make it a horror reimagining of the original film; take note that The Shape of Water is more well-known in this timeline.
 
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