Academy Awards

Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects

  1. Engineering Effects

  2. 1927-1928

  3. Wings (1927; William Wellman)
  4. The Jazz Singer (1927; Alan Crosland)
  5. The Private Life of Helen of Troy - Ralph Hammeras
  6. Special Awards

  7. 1938

  8. Spawn of the North - Gordon Jennings, assisted by Jan Domela, Dev Jennings, Irmin Roberts and Art Smith; transparencies by Farciot Edouart, assisted by Loyal Griggs
  9. Special Effects

  10. 1939

  11. The Rains Came - E. H.

Academy Awards: Cinematography

  1. 1927/28

  2. Charles Rosher, Karl Struss - Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927; F.W. Murnau)
  3. George Barnes - The Devil Dancer (1927; Fred Niblo)
  4. George Barnes - The Magic Flame
  5. George Barnes - Sadie Thompson
  6. 1928/29

  7. Clyde De Vinna - White Shadows in the South Seas
  8. John F. Seitz - The Divine Lady
  9. Ernest Palmerv 4 Devils
  10. Arthur Edeson - In Old Arizona (1928; Irving Cummings)
  11. George Barnes - Our Dancing Daughters
  12. Ernest Palmer - Street Angel
  13. 1929/30

  14. Joseph T.

The Oscars - 2012!

Best Picture

Amour ****
Zero Dark Thirty ****
Beasts of the Southern Wild ****
Silver Linings Playbook ***
Argo ***
Lincoln ***
Django Unchained ** 1/2
Les Misérables * 1/2
Life of Pi *

Since I'm completely acclimated to seeing my favorite of the nominated films not win, I usually draw a line where I'll be pleased to see anything above take home the Oscar and a second line where any movie below winning will make me frustrated and ashamed.

Author Comments: 

All categories are listed from the best to the worst. These rankings are based solely on who SHOULD win and not on guessing who WILL win.

Each time a film is mentioned for the first time, I include a rating of up to four stars. This rating applies to the film as a whole and not to the quality of whatever category where it is first mentioned.

Note: Once I've seen Anna Karnina, which is supposedly arriving here soon, I'll be able to add some of the technical categories, especially Cinematography (where I've seen the other four and Deakins' work in Skyfall is the obvious best).

Academy Awards: Best Picture Nominees

  • 2012

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • 2011

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War House
  • 2010

  • Inception
  • Black Swan
  • The King's Speech
  • Fighter
  • The Kid's Are All Right
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winte

The Oscars - 2010!

Best Picture

The Fighter
The Social Network
Winter's Bone
Toy Story 3
Inception
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
Black Swan

Best Actor

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress

Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Author Comments: 

Okay, if you know me, you know how I feel. If you haven't seen all the nominees in a category, your opinion just doesn't matter. So...

I'm only listed categories if I've seen all the nominees. I'll update this as I see more..

Choices are listed from my favorite to my least favorite.

Best Original Screenplay Movies I've Seen

  1. 1928- Underworld (Ben Hecht)
  2. 1929- The Patriot (Hanns Kraly- Achievement)
  3. 1930- The Big House (Frances Marion- Achievement)
  4. 1931- The Dawn Patrol (John Monk Saunders)
  5. 1932- The Champ (Frances Marion)
  6. 1933- One Way Passage (Robert Lord)
  7. 1934- Manhattan Melodrama (Arthur Caesar)
  8. 1935- The Scoundrel (Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur)
  9. 1936- The Story of Louis Pasteur (Pierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney)
  10. 1937- A Star Is Born (William A. Wellman and Robert Carson- Original Story)
  11. 1938- Boys Town (Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary)
  12. 1939- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Lewis R.

Best Adapted Screenplay Movies I've Seen

  1. 1928- Seventh Heaven (Benjamin Glazer)
  2. 1931- Cimarron (Howard Estabrook)
  3. 1932- Bad Girl (Edwin J. Burke)
  4. 1933- Little Women (Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason)
  5. 1934- It Happened One Night (Robert Riskin)
  6. 1935- The Informer (Dudley Nichols)
  7. 1937- The Life of Emile Zola (Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly Raine- Screenplay)
  8. 1938- Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw, Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, W.P. Lipscomb)
  9. 1939- Gone with the Wind (Sidney Howard)
  10. 1940- The Philadelphia Story (Donald Ogden Stewart)
  11. 1941- Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Sidney Buchanan and Seton I.

Clone of Academy Awards: Best Picture Nominees

  1. 2009

  2. The Hurt Locker
  3. Avatar
  4. The Blind Side
  5. District 9
  6. An Education
  7. Inglorious Basterds
  8. Precious
  9. A Serious Man
  10. Up
  11. Up in the Air
  12. 2008

  13. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  14. Frost/Nixon
  15. Milk
  16. The Reader
  17. Slumdog Millionaire
  18. 2007

  19. Atonement
  20. Juno
  21. Michael Clayton
  22. No Country For Old Men
  23. There Will Be Blood
  24. 2006

  25. Babel
  26. The Departed
  27. Letters From Iwo Jima
  28. Little Miss Sunshine
  29. The Queen
  30. 2005

  31. Brokeback Mountain
  32. Capote
  33. Crash
  34. Good Night And Good Luck
  35. Munich
  36. 2004

Best Picture Nominees and Winners

  1. 1929

  2. The Racket (1928, Lewis Milestone)
  3. 7th Heaven (1927, Frank Borzage)
  4. Wings (1927, William A. Wellman)
  5. 1930 (1)

  6. Alibi (1929, Roland West)
  7. The Broadway Melody (1929, Harry Beaumont)
  8. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929, Charles Reisner)
  9. In Old Arizona (1928, Irving Cummings and Raoul Walsh)
  10. The Patriot (1928, Ernst Lubitsch)
  11. 1930 (2)

  12. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
  13. The Big House (1930, George W. Hill)
  14. Disraeli (1929, Alfred E.

Best Achievement in Directing

  1. 1928 - Frank Borzage - Two Arabian Knights (Comedy Picture) #
  2. 1928 - Lewis Milestone - Seventh Heaven (Dramatic Picture) #
  3. 1929 - Frank Lloyd - The Divine Lady #
  4. 1930 - Lewis Milestone - All Quiet on the Western Front
  5. 1931 - Norman Taurog - Skippy #
  6. 1932 - Frank Borzage - Bad Girl #
  7. 1933 - Frank Lloyd - Cavalcade
  8. 1934 - Frank Capra - It Happened One Night
  9. 1935 - John Ford - The Informer #
  10. 1936 - Frank Capra - Mr.