The Best Oscar-Nominated Films of All Time, According To Us

As we gear up for the 87th Academy Awards this evening, we're taking a quick trip back in time to commemorate some of the best Oscar-nominated films. Last week, we asked around the office to see just which movies are worthy of such a list, and today's slideshow is the result. Scroll down to see our favourites, and don't forget to leave yours in the comments below!

Lost in Translation

"From the opening shot of Scarlett Johansson’s pink panties to the incredible soundtrack to Bill Murray’s amazingness (just overall), this movie will always be near and dear to my heart. It came out in 2003 when I was living in New York City at working at ELLE, which was a particularly exciting time in my life, and I always associate the film with that part of my career." - Hillary Kerr, Co-Founder

"This is one of my favourite movies of all time, period. I honestly can't even estimate how many times I've seen it. The traditional Japanese wedding scene? Sigh. Alongside some very noisy contenders for Best Picture (eh hem, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), I love that such a quiet, introspective film was nominated. Bill Murray forever has my heart. (And, side note, has any film's whispered dialogue ever inspired such mystery? I mean, what did Bob (Bill Murray) whisper to Scarlett Johannson's Charlotte, really?!" - Dana Covit, Domaine Market Editor
 

 

Birdman

"Whenever someone asks me to name my favourite film of all time, the struggle is (as they say) very real. The art of filmmaking is something I take very seriously, and I have many favourite films that I love equally. It's like asking me to pick a favourite child! But for this quest to find a favourite Oscar-nominated film, my choice is a fairly clear (if bold) one: Birdman. It might seem risky to pick such a recent film as my absolute favourite, and I would agree; there are many brilliant films that have received Oscar nods over the years that I also love. But there's something about Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest effort that I can't seem to pry away from my mind--from the moment the opening credits started, I knew I was in for a cinematic experience unlike any I had had before, and I was right. There aren't very many Oscar-nominated films that can truly be called instant classics, and most of those nominated for even the Best Picture category are forgotten almost as soon as they win (or lose). But Birdman, with its single-shot illusion, its philosophical overtones, and its percussive score, is truly a film for the ages. It deserves every award coming its away--and especially my vote for favourite Oscar-nominated film of all time." - Meghan Blalock, Who What Wear Managing Editor

Working Girl

"Melanie Griffith in Working Girl was a revelation. Many think this movie is a chick-flick, but if you look beyond the hairspray and Joan Cusack's double-frosted eyeshadow, you'll find a truly inspiring film about a woman who fights for the career she wants, and makes it happen. Harrison Ford wasn't a shabby prize, either." - Nairi Najarian, Branded Content Senior Manager

Annie Hall

"Aside from Diane Keaton being absolutely adorable and having one of the best wardrobes ever, the dialogue is probably my favourite thing. Love can be ridiculous; it can cause a lot of happiness, a lot of pain, and help you discover who you are as a person. And I really admire how Woody Allen was able to capture that—and such a genuine relationship—on screen." - Caitie Schlisserman, Branded Content Editor

Seabiscuit

"Amazing cast: Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, William H. Macy, Chris Cooper and Popcorn Deelites who played Seabiscuit 

Amazing movie:  True story of believing in underdogs and not giving up or giving in - "you don't just throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little." It makes you laugh, cry and believe a little more in the resilience of the human spirit—and horse racing." - Stacy Macklin, Director of Advertising Sales

Whiplash

"Whiplash because it shows how far you can go with no budget or time.  It holds it's own against the Goliaths in the arena and held me on the edge of my seat." - Tiger Smith, Product Director

National Velvet

"A young Elizabeth Taylor and The Pie sparked my love of horses and competition. Sorry mum and dad (it got expensive)!" - Hannah Kraus, Campaign Strategy and Execution Manager

The King's Speech

"I chose this movie fifty per cent because of my undying love for Colin Firth (if The Importance of Being Earnest was nominated for an Oscar I may have just had to choose that), and fifty per cent because I loved that the story was about battling with a speech impediment, which, as far as film goes, is an issue that is not widely discussed, nor is it often brought to light. " - Nicole Akhtarzad, Associate Style Editor

Moulin Rouge

"Favourite Quote from the movie: 'The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.'
Why it's my favourite: The movie is beautifully shot, has an amazing soundtrack, gorgeous costumes and a ridiculous set. The movie is a blast, it's like being trapped at the best party ever for two hours." - Sean Williams, Campaign Planning and Execution Senior Manager

Harold and Maude

"My all-time favourite—Harold and Maude—was nominated for the Golden Globes, but given an Oscar snub, sadly." - Jenna Peffley, Creative Producer

There Will Be Blood

"Everything I look for in a great movie: Daniel Day-Lewis. Milkshakes. Mustaches." - Nairi Najarian, Branded Content Senior Manager

The Departed

"My pick for favourite Oscar-nominated film is The Departed.  It's one of the only movies where I consider the remake superior to the original, part of this is likely because Scorsese didn't watch Internal Affairs until after The Departed was completed." - Joshua Gilless, Software Developer

Pride and Prejudice

"I love this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic. The scene where Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet is arguing with Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy outside is just... so good. Finally he can't take it anymore and bursts out that he loves her—sigh, I could watch it on repeat." - Liz Lynch, Domaine Senior Editor

Almost Famous

"Almost Famous, which actually did win for best screenplay in 2000, is probably my all-time favourite film--it not only has an amazing cast and the most memorable writing, but it actually taught me things about life that have stayed with me. Phillip Seymour Hoffman assuring Patrick Fugit that being uncool pays off in the end is forever lodged in my brain, and I wouldn't want it any other way!" - Jessica Schiffer, Who What Wear Fashion Features Editor

West Side Story

"I love classic movie musicals and Natalie Wood, so this will always be one of my favourites." - Allyson Payer, Executive Assistant to Katherine Power

Little Miss Sunshine

"Olive's pageant performance to 'Super Freak'—that's why it's my favourite film." - Michelle Scanga, Who What Wear Associate Editor

American Beauty

"Two words: Kevin. Spacey." - Jessica Baker, Entertainment Editor

"Everything from the on-point score to my weird old man crush on Kevin Spacey, makes American Beauty my favourite Oscar-winning film. Portraits of suburban malaise and midlife crises has been done countless times, but somehow American Beauty stands apart." - Kat Collings, Who What Wear Editorial Director

Independence Day

"It was nominated for sound and won for visual effects. My favourite scene was when Will Smith punches the alien in the face and says 'Welcome to Earth'". - Katie Macias, Senior Developer

Spirited Away

"Even though it's not his best film (in my humble opinion), it was nice to see him finally get some recognition from the Academy for his incredible storytelling and animation." - Susan Wang, Graphic Designer

Breakfast at Tiffany's

"Does it get any more iconic than her LBD and sunnies? Holly Golightly nailed it." - Hannah Kraus, Campaign Strategy and Execution Manager

The Red Shoes

"I took a Scandinavian Literature & Film class as an undergrad, and The Red Shoes was based on a Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. It's dark and gorgeous, and the use of colour is bewitching. " - Nairi Najarian, Branded Content Senior Manager


What's your favourite Oscar-nominated film of all time? Share in the comments!