In case you are interested, Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I have been going through the Oscar years starting with the 1970s. This week we tackle 1988 when Rain Man won Best Picture. Rain Man is one of the few films to go down as the box office champ of the year and win Best Picture. Other films that can claim that title include: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Titanic Forrest Gump Rocky The Sting The Godfather The Sound of Music My Fair Lady Lawrence of Arabia Ben-Hur The Bridge on the River Kwai The Greatest Show on Earth Going My Way Mrs. Miniver Gone with the Wind Mutiny on the Bounty Now, it’s much harder to earn both number one at the box office and win Best Picture. The chasm between what sells and what Oscar voters like has never been wider in all of Oscar history. Other interesting things to note, both 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Graduate were number one for the whole year. Imagine such a population of moviegoers. This, according to Wikipedia.