After six rounds of voting on Oscar-winning films across nearly nine decades of cinema, a winner has been crowned in EW’s Best Picture bracket.
EW’s movie critics selected the top 64 Best Picture winners to enter the bracket, and the final two came down to the 1939 Southern epic Gone with the Wind versus the 1993 Holocaust drama Schindler’s List. So, which film came out victorious? The envelope, please…
GONE WITH THE WIND was the ultimate winner. (You can download a now-completed version of the bracket here.)
Based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel of the same name, Gone With the Wind starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara opposite Clark Gable as Rhett Butler. The film received 13 nominations at the 12th Academy Awards in 1940, coming away with a total of eight wins, including ones for Leigh, director Victor Fleming, and supporting actress Hattie McDaniel. In the Best Picture category (then called Outstanding Production), it won against fellow nominees Dark Victory; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Love Affair; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Ninotchka; Of Mice and Men; Stagecoach; The Wizard of Oz; and Wuthering Heights.
Head here for more information on the entire bracket series, including the winners for Best Actor and Best Actress.
The 90th Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday, in a ceremony airing live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.