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Top 5 Award-Winning Moments

INSP is rolling out the red carpet in anticipation of the Academy Awards with an Oscar-Acclaimed Western movie event, so we’re counting down the top moments from these legendary Western films.

THE BEST OF THE WEST

It’s not a surprise that the classic Western films, Friendly PersuasionShaneHow the West Was WonStagecoach, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre were Academy Award nominees upon their releases.

Standing out for their artistry, innovativeness, and precise technicality, these films have significantly contributed to the evolution of the Western genre as we know it today. While every minute of their runtime is brilliant, here are our top five favorite scenes from these award-worthy films.

1. A MOMENT OF DESPAIR: FRIENDLY PERSUASION

1957 Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screen Play, and Best Sound Mixing.

Bringing warmth to the West, Friendly Persuasion charmed audiences with its heart, humor, and captivating story, using every element of film making to strengthen the viewers’ emotional connection.

2. WHAT A VIEW: SHANE

1954 Oscar winner for Best Cinematography. Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Shane was a ground-breaking film for the time, launching Westerns into a new forefront of cinema, from its visually intriguing landscape shots to its ingenious camera angles and direction.

3. CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY: HOW THE WEST WAS WON

1964 Oscar winner for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Screenplay. Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Picture, Best Art Direction, and Best Music.

Bringing the history of American settlers in the West to the big screen was no easy feat. With a complex story at the center, How the West was Won’s brilliant storytelling, and perfectly executed editing made it a simply enjoyable viewing experience.

4. IN PERFECT HARMONY: STAGECOACH

1940 Oscar winner for Best Original Music and Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell). Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

Elevating Westerns as a genre to take seriously, Stagecoach set the bar and was a trailblazer for the future of Western films, putting them on the map for the decades to come.

5. THE DARK SIDE OF ADVENTURE: THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

1949 Oscar winner for and Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Oscar nominee for Best Motion Picture.

One of the first movies in Hollywood history to film outside of the United States, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has received recognition for its cultural significance and was added to the National Film Registry in 1990. John Huston’s gritty direction brought out the dark side of humanity with a sense of realism not often seen on the big screen.