Sunday night, the red carpet will roll out in Hollywood once again in preparation for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Ever since the awards began in 1929, the Oscars have gathered celebrities together to recognize the best productions and performances of the year.
But what the Academy voters dub as "Best Picture" does not always appeal to broader audiences, especially families. In the past 50 years, 25 of the Best Picture winners have been given R-ratings, including 13 of the past 20.
Winning Best Picture doesn't necessarily translate to box-office success, either. The 2006 winner, "Crash," totaled $54.6 million in domestic sales. In 2010, "The Hurt Locker," an R-rated war film, took home Best Picture but brought in a mere $17 million. By way of comparison, the 2012 list of the top 100 films at the box office ends with "The Five-Year Engagement," which fell just short of $29 million.
But not all Best Picture winners are esoteric films appealing to smaller numbers of viewers, and there are some that are appropriate for broader, and in some cases family, audiences.
Following are Best Picture winners from the past 50 years that could fit that criteria. A few contain some violence and challenging themes, PG-13-level profanity and limited sexual content.
The years listed are when the film received the Best Picture award.
Running time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
Summary: A musical and modern version of Romeo and Juliet that takes place in the streets of New York. Two gangs battle for control of their turf and the situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with his rival's sister.
What to expect: This film includes several fight scenes between the gangs along with mild language and sexual content.
Running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Summary: Arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) takes it upon himself to transform a working-class girl (Audrey Hepburn) into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. Both clash at first, then form an unlikely friendship.
What to expect: This film contains some mild language and a small amount of alcohol use/smoking.
Running time: 2 hours, 54 minutes
Summary: A musical based on the true story of the Von Trapp family singers. Maria (Julie Andrews) is a postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children. She finds a way to bring music and laughter back into the home again.
What to expect: Scenes with the Nazi soldiers may be frightening to young children.
Running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes
Summary: Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to pickpockets.
What to expect: This film includes some violent scenes and mild profanity. Some parts may be too intense for young children.
Running time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Summary: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is an unknown boxer from Philadelphia who gets picked to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Balboa tries to go the distance in order to maintain his self-respect.
What to expect: This film contains several scenes of boxing violence, along with some sensuality.
Running time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Summary: Two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian, sees running as part of his worship while Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism but becomes very single-minded in his quest.
What to expect: This film includes mild profanity and brief sexual content.
Running time: 3 hours, 8 minutes
Summary: A biographical drama that presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), the beloved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country.
What to expect: This film contains some violent scenes and very mild language.
Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Summary: An older Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), begin to form a lifelong friendship, even though they live in Georgia, which is in the heat of racial prejudices.
What to expect: This film contains some language and very mild domestic conflict.
Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Summary: A biographical movie regarding the famed mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe). Nash devotes his time to his desire of finding a completely original mathematical theorem. He eventually becomes a professor at MIT, where he meets his wife, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). But over time John begins to lose his grip on reality and is diagnosed with schizophrenia.
What to expect: This film contains intense thematic material, language and some sexual content. Some scenes may be troubling to watch. May not be appropriate for anyone under 13 years old.
Running time: 3 hours, 35 minutes
Summary: The conclusion to the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the "one ring," while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.
What to expect: This film is rated PG-13 for violence. There are several frightening and intense scenes, including several battle scenes with blood, that may not be appropriate for anyone under 13 years old.
Running time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Summary: Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) has trained and managed some incredible fighters during a lifetime spent in the ring. The most important lesson he teaches his boxers is the one that rules life: above all, always protect yourself. After Margaret Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) shows up in one of Dunn's run-down gyms, she slowly begins to persuade Dunn to be her trainer after proving her own dedication.
What to expect: This film contains violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language, and deals quite directly with the controversial issue of euthanasia. It may not be appropriate for anyone under 13 years old.
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Summary: A black-and-white silent romantic film set in the late 1920s where actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a matinee idol who has made it big. George eventually finds himself falling in love with a young girl named Peppy Miller, but George is reluctant to pursue his feelings, as he is married. The two slowly grow apart as changes within cinema begin and Peppy's fame rises.
What to expect: This film contains little to no profanity or sexual content. It does contain a brief scene of someone attempting suicide that may be disturbing to younger children.