What was the first movie to win Best Picture?

Answer: Wings

Produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount PicturesWings debuted in 1927 as a silent American War Film.  Starring  Clara BowCharles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen  the film was shot on a budget of $2 million. 

With World War I afoot, David Armstrong (Richard Arlen) and Jack Powell (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) join the military with an eye toward flying American fighter planes. They leave behind Mary Preston (Clara Bow), a local girl who's in love with David but committed to Jack. Dispatched to France as newly minted pilots, the men take to the skies in one of the war's climactic air battles. It's a story of two young men who fall in love with the same same girl. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship. - IMBD

Wings is not only notable due to the fact it was the first film to ever win Best Picture, but also, until recently, it was the only silent movie to have won that award. In 2011 The Artist, a french silent film, won best picture, joining Wings as the only other silent film with that honor.

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