TBT: Our Favorite Wedding Scenes from Oscar Nominated Movies

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There's nothing quite like a movie wedding! Some of our favorite bridal moments have come from the silver screen — Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Sound of Music, Runaway Bride, and The Wedding Planner, just to name a few. But rom-coms aren't the only ones that get all the love, plenty of Oscar-nominated films have had their fair share of wedding magic. Here, we narrow down some of our favorite wedding scenes from Best Picture winners and nominees.

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It Happened One Night, 1934
Call it the original romantic comedy, It Happened One Night tells the story of high strung socialite Ellie (Claudette Colbert) who falls for a roguish reporter (Clark Gable) while running away from her father who wants her marriage to a fortune-hunter annulled. It's a tale as old as time. Through twists and turns — and a rather classic hitchhiking scene — Colbert's Ellie makes it to the altar only to realize she's really in love with Gable's Peter, prompting her to leave the wedding ceremony, but not before donning a gorgeous white dress. It Happened One Night swept the 1934 Oscars taking home the five major awards — Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

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Gone With the Wind, 1939
1939's Best Picture winner's wedding scene is a classic. Scarlett O'Hara rushes into marriage with Charles Hamilton before he leaves for war. Scarlett wears her mother's wedding dress — a silk satin creation complete with leg-of-mutton sleeves and vine embroidery.


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The Philadelphia Story, 1940
A high society wedding turns scandalous when Katherine Hepburn's Tracy Lord rekindles her flame with ex husband C.K. Dexter Haven, played by Cary Grant. No thanks to suave Spy magazine reporter Mike Connor, Jimmy Stewart, the couple's walk down memory lane culminates with Lord calling off her wedding and running into the arms of her ex-husband. Of course, she's wearing the ideal dress for a second wedding and it just so happens to be pink.


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Father of the Bride, 1950
All About Eve took home the Best Picture prize that year, but Father of the Bride certainly stole the public's hearts. Spencer Tracy's Stanley Banks tries to cope with wedding planning (don't we all) as his daughter Kay's (Elizabeth Taylor) wedding spirals out of control. The wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose, proved an inspiration to the young Elizabeth Taylor, who would famously be married a total of 8 times — Helen Rose would design two of Taylor's dresses.

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West Side Story, 1961
Tony and Maria never make it down the aisle, but in this modern-day (well, 1961) re-telling of Romeo and Juliet the characters only dream of their wedding day before their romance ends in tragedy. Natalie Wood's Maria in a sweet and demure quarter-length sleeved white dress and short veil is an inspiration for minimal brides the world over.

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The Sound of Music, 1965
Is there a more classic wedding scene than Maria Von Trapp (Julie Andrews) finally marrying Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer)? We don't think so either and we're pretty sure this scene served as inspiration for countless brides from 1965 on.

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The Graduate, 1967
It's not one of our favorite wedding scenes (cute little chapel, 1960s mod-inspired lace dress, and a dramatic getaway!), the end of The Graduate also serves as one of the most infamous "leave your fiancé at the altar" scenes of all time. And running away on a bus makes for a pretty dramatic wedding exit.

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Romeo and Juliet, 1968
Nominated for Best Picture in 1968, Romeo and Juliet was a quintessential telling of the quintessential love story. So the couple's wedding scene should play out accordingly.

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The Godfather, 1972
The Godfather opens with a big traditional Sicilian wedding! Setting the tone for the classic film, Connie Corleone's wedding is a splashy scene that brings you right into the politics of this complicated family. Comparatively, Michael Corleone's wedding in Italy to Apollonia is classic and simple — but not without a gorgeous and traditional long-sleeved white lace gown and veil.

See more: The Best Movie Wedding Dresses


Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994
It's absolutely impossible to select a favorite wedding scene from the four! Angus and Laura, Bernard and Lydia, Carrie and Hamish, or Charles and "Duckface"? We'll take the non proposal in the rain any day!

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Forrest Gump, 1994
Lifelong friends Forrest and Jenny made it official in a sweet Southern backyard ceremony. Jenny's flower crown and bohemian bridal look would serve as inspiration for hippie brides for years!

Braveheart, 1995

"I will love you my whole life, and no other." William Wallace defied the powers that be and married his true love Murron MacClannough in a secret wedding night time Celtic ceremony — couldn't risk those British finding out and taking his bride. Things don't end well for the couple but the wedding vows are so simple, yet touching.

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Sense and Sensibility, 1996
Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon finally get together in a perfectly Jane Austen-way, a double wedding ceremony with her sister Elinor and Edward.

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