SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
What is it? Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Schindler's Ark, the story of a Nazi party member Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) who saved over a thousand Jews from the Holocaust during World War II.
Why did it win? See above. Also, the playing field wasn't packed: it was up against The Fugitive (too actiony), In The Name Of The Father (in another year, could have won), The Piano (a film directed by a woman? Surely not!) and The Remains of the Day (its upper lip was too stiff).
Did it deserve to win? Oh yes, this has awards-worthy written right through it. Great performances from Ralph Fiennes and an underrated Neeson, a heavy-duty story handled with care and sensitivity, chillingly beautiful black-and-white cinematography and an astonishing true story set against a background of humanity's worst hour.
Worth a look? Yes, if you can bear it.