For Your Consideration: The “Best Pictures” for Families

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I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s Academy Awards season. Offered for your consideration: the greatest family films to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Easy? Not really. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that not many family films have won Best Picture. But every so often, a family picture slips through. This is my personal top five, incidentally an honor roll of great directors, and appropriate for every family’s dvd shelf or digital video queue:

Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady" Courtesy of Warner Bros

Number 5: My Fair Lady, 1964
Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rex Harrison), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography (Color), Best Costume Design (Color), Best Music (Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment), Best Sound.
This 1964 musical directed by George Cukor is tuneful and has over-the-top costumes that are the stuff of any kid’s fantasy. It stars the always appealing Audrey Hepburn as Eliza with Hollywood go-to gal Marni Nixon providing Eliza’s singing voice. The entire film was shot inside a sound stage that adds to its magical, child-like feeling. And the story is simple to understand: Higgins is a mean, strict teacher who comes to like and even respect his pupil.

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