What is it? The story of William Wallace (Mel Gibson), the Scot who rose up in rebellion against the English Edward I and who marched halfway through England before running out of steam. Notable for featuring blue face paint a thousand years too late and tartan 500 years too early.
Why did it win? It's big, it's broad, it's anti-English (which Hollywood appears to like, given how many English actors they cast as dastardly bad guys) and it has at least a thin veneer of historical respectability to add to brilliantly staged battle scenes and an epic running time.
Did it deserve to win? It's generally held up as one of the least deserving Oscar winners - but that's a tad strong. Still, while it's a good film this was the year of The Usual Suspects and Toy Story, let alone fellow nominees Apollo 13, Il Postino, Babe and Sense and Sensibility,
Worth a look? If you're from the Celtic fringe, it can be terribly comforting.