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To mark Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating the most romantic films in Oscars history, and we gave you the chance to cast your vote and let us know which of the four films offered we should show. The winner was...Casablanca!

Michael Curtiz

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz), Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated for: Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains), Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Editing

“Here’s looking at you kid.”

One of the most loved films of all time, this captivating romantic adventure is an endlessly quotable cinematic classic.

Set in French-Morocco during the early stages of World War II, the story centres on gruff American nightclub owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart). He finds himself forced to make an impossible choice when his ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband reappear searching for papers to escape to America.

Bogart and Bergman give their most iconic performances as the two doomed lovers.

“We’ll always have Paris…”

Other contenders for Most Romantic Oscars film included:

From Here to Eternity (1953)
Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated: Best Actor (Montgomery Clift), Best Actor (Burt Lancaster), Best Actress (Deborah Kerr), Best Score, Best Costume Design

Adapted from a James Jones novel originally thought too controversial and lengthy to be committed to screen, this sprawling romantic drama deals with the tribulations of three U.S. soldiers (Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra) and their women (Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed)  stationed on Hawaii during the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbour. Perhaps best remembered for that iconic scene featuring Lancaster and Kerr embracing passionately on the beach as waves beat over them, From Here to Eternity is a compelling romantic melodrama that is well worth revisiting.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Won: Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score
Nominated for: Best Actor (Heath Ledger), Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography

Ang Lee’s understated drama is a bleak and beautiful adaption of Annie Proulx’s short story set in 1960s Wyoming. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger give astonishing performances as a ranch hand and a rodeo rider who find an unexpected connection while on a remote cattle driving job and struggle to forget each other over the ensuing years. A devastating portrayal of repressed desire and wounded masculinity, Brokeback Mountain also represented a huge step forward for the mainstreaming of queer love stories on screen. Even so, the film controversially missed out on the Best Picture gong to Crash in one of the most controversial upsets in Oscar history.

Part of Best Pictures, our season celebrating some of the best prize-winners (and most controversial near misses) from the history of the Academy Awards.


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