Power and intrigue in Washington are popular movie topics—but despite the scores of movies filmed here, only a dozen have taken home an Academy Award. Will George Clooney’s two Washington movies, Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck, join the exclusive club?
Here are movies involving Washington that Oscar loved:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939): Best Original Screenplay.
The More the Merrier (1943): Best Supporting Actor (Charles Coburn).
Born Yesterday (1950): Best Actress (Judy Holliday).
The Exorcist (1973): Sound, Adapted Screenplay.
All the President’s Men (1976): Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards),Art Direction, Sound, and Adapted Screenplay.
Being There (1979): Best Supporting Actor (Melvyn Douglas).
The Stone Carvers (1984): Best Documentary (Short Subjects).
JFK (1991): Best Cinematography, Film Editing.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Actress (Jodie Foster), Director (Jonathan Demme), Picture, and Adapted Screenplay.
Forrest Gump (1994): Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Director (Robert Zemeckis), Visual Effects, Editing, Picture, and Adapted Screenplay.
Independence Day (1996): Best Visual Effects.
Traffic (2000): Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Director (Steven Soderbergh), Editing, Adapted Screenplay.