THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
What is it? Epic story of a nun (Julie Andrews) who becomes a governess and then wife to a distant Navy Captain (Christopher Plummer) before having to escape the Nazis. All while singing. A lot.
Why did it win? Because, cinematically speaking at least, Nazis are more fun than those nasty Commies, who hide under your bed instead of marching smartly about? Because it combined those two Oscar favourites: World War II and nuns (see even the 2008 nominees)? Or perhaps it's because Sound of Music had already had massive success at the box office and that's sometimes enough.
Did it deserve to win? Not really: Doctor Zhivago - David Lean's wildly romantic and ludicrously epic Russian literary adaptation - was the best of the nominees, which also included Darling, Ship of Fools and A Thousand Clowns. Yes, it wasn't what you'd call a vintage year for film, but other releases included Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou, the Beatles in Help! and Roman Polanski's Repulsion.
Worth a look? You mean you haven't already seen it? You are a rare and beautiful flower.