The Oscar Quest: Six Months Later. Thoughts, Changes, etc.

(Note: This article isn’t finished yet. I got way behind on shit, and decided to post it as-is. Half an article is better than no article, and it’s not like anyone will know after a few days anyway. If you haven’t read it yet, you should probably wait until tomorrow, since I’ll have it done by then.)

Well, those “My Nominations” articles became a mess. I pretty much gave up on those after the first category. Which is my fault. I rushed them out because I figured, “How hard could they be?” and didn’t really set up what my criteria were going to be and very quickly strayed from what my original intention was. And by the end I basically said fuck it and just went through the motions. I was pretty much doing stuff that’ll start going up tomorrow anyway, so I actually put zero effort into them and had no idea what was actually being written. I was really only concerned with making sure stuff went up to fill the gap between the Disney stuff and this next set of articles. At some point I’ll go back and do those for real.

Mostly what this article is going to be is an update on the Oscar Quest now that I haven’t really thought about it for six months. The final article went up on July 4th, and I was done writing them back in April. So I haven’t really thought about anything on this blog other than Disney stuff since July. The idea was to go back and just look at all the categories and go, “Okay, so how do I feel about all of the categories now that I’ve had time to think about them, separate from the blog and all that?” So that’s what I’m going to do.

I’ve already updated the Oscar Quest: Viewer’s Guide and the Oscar Quest: Rankings articles to reflect the changes that are being made. I’m also not really tracking the changes I’m making. I’m just sort of making them and writing what my current opinion is on the categories. It’s all up on the blog, so my changes can be seen if you go chronologically. I will say, flat out, these will be my completely unvarnished opinions on everything, unrelated to all the other stuff. Since I’m sure at some point during all those articles I was either more diplomatic than my opinion is or harsher than my opinion is, depending on the situation. (That’s really the problem with writing shit online. People just sort of read it and assume that’s your set opinion. Meanwhile I’m just writing shit and not even thinking about it. I don’t even know half the shit I say.) So let’s update the Oscar Quest.

Best Picture

2011  1. The Artist (The Weinstein Company) *

2. Hugo (Paramount)

3. Moneyball (Columbia)

4. War Horse (Touchstone, DreamWorks)

5. The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight)

6. The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)

7. Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics)

8. The Help (Touchstone, DreamWorks)

9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.)

Still feel exactly the same about these as I felt in February. No changes.

2010 – 1. True Grit (Paramount)

2. The Social Network (Sony Pictures) *

3. Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios)

4. Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

5. The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

6. The Fighter (Paramount)

7. Inception (Warner Bros.)

8. 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight)

9. Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions

10. The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)

The only real change here is that I’ve finally fully gotten over my King’s Speech bitterness. I’m cool with it winning here, it’s really the Best Director win I can’t stand. But I do really love that movie, so I bumped it up to five instead of six. I still love the other four more than it, but that’s purely because it was a really strong year. Otherwise, no changes.

2009 – 1. Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company, Universal Studios) *

2. Up (Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios)

3. Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)

4. The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

5. Avatar (20th Century Fox)

6. An Education (Sony Pictures Classics)

7. A Serious Man (Focus Features)

8. District 9 (TriStar Pictures)

9. Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (Lions Gate Entertainment)

10. The Blind Side (Warner Bros.)

I may or may not have said this on the blog, but I’m finally over my Hurt Locker hatred. I rewatched that a few months ago and now finally see why that’s such a good movie. Still would vote for Basterds, for personal reasons, but I totally get why that won and am actually happy that it won now. So there’s that.

2008 – 1. Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros.) *

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount, Warner Bros.)

3. Milk (Focus Features)

4. Frost/Nixon (Universal)

5. The Reader (The Weinstein Company)

No changes here. Everything will pretty much always be in this order with this category.

2007 – 1. There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage, Miramax) *

2. No Country for Old Men (Miramax, Paramount Vantage)

3. Atonement (Focus Features)

4. Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)

5. Juno (Fox Searchlight)

The big thing with this one for me is that, over time, I start to think that Michael Clayton is a bit of a weak nominee. And then every time I see it, I go, “Fuck, this is a great movie.” It really is terrific. But for some reason time starts to wear down my opinion on it until I see it again. I don’t know why that is. And every time I see Atonement, I’m reminded how incredible that is. Otherwise — still say There Will Be Blood will hold up better than No Country over time, but that’s neither here nor there, since the category is amazing.

2006 – 1. The Departed (Warner Bros.) *

2. Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)

3. Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.)

4. Babel (Paramount Vantage)

5. The Queen (Miramax)

No changes here. Though I am struck by how poorly Babel has held up over the past six years, especially for something that was actually really close to winning at one point. And I still think The Queen should be nowhere near this list. So my thoughts haven’t changed on this one at all. Still think they made the right choice.

2005 – 1. Good Night, and Good Luck (Warner Bros.) *

2. Munich (DreamWorks, Universal)

3. Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)

4. Crash (Lions Gate Entertainment)

5. Capote (United Artists)

Every time I come back to this one, I’m reminded how weak it is. Capote only hurts the category. It’s not a bad movie, but it shouldn’t be here. Crash — I watched that again. It’s a pretty good movie. It’s just ruined by the fact that it won. Then, Brokeback — I still don’t get why it needed to win, to be honest. I still don’t see what makes that worth winning. But the problem with the category is that there’s no clear cut winner. This and 2001 are really the two weakest years of the past decade.

2004 – 1. The Aviator (Warner Bros., Miramax) *

2. Million Dollar Baby (Warner Bros.)

3. Ray (Universal)

4. Finding Neverland (Miramax)

5. Sideways (Fox Searchlight)

The big thing here for me is that I still say Million Dollar Baby shouldn’t have won. I think The Aviator is a vastly superior film. And yet — every time I watch Million Dollar Baby, I’m reminded how good it actually is. I always lose track of that, since I spend most of my time going on about how I think it shouldn’t have won. So that’s the big thing for me, remembering how good that movie actually is. Other than that — I haven’t seen Sideways since 2004, so my hatred for it has yet to be confirmed/overturned. So we’ll have to wait a while longer on that one. So no changes.

2003 – 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line Cinema) *

2. Lost in Translation (Focus Features)

3. Seabiscuit (Universal, DreamWorks)

4. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Fox, Miramax, Universal)

5. Mystic River (Warner Bros.)

I have a higher opinion of Master and Commander now than I did in ’03, but I’m sure that came through in the article, since the last time I watched it was for the articles. Still don’t like Mystic River as much as other people do. I think it’s okay, but I don’t really see what’s so special about it. Otherwise, no changes.

2002 – 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line Cinema) *

2. Gangs of New York (Miramax)

3. Chicago (Miramax)

4. The Pianist (Focus Features)

5. The Hours (Paramount, Miramax)

My change was that I switched my vote from Gangs to Two Towers. Who am I kidding? That’s the best film, and the only reason I didn’t vote for it was because they didn’t give Fellowship the Oscar in ’01. But fuck it. Other than that — man, this was a tough category. They painted themselves into a corner. Once they decided that Rings was only getting the one, they basically left themselves shitty alternatives. I also can’t believe The Hours came so close to winning. By comparison, Chicago is a better choice, but that film really isn’t holding up well at all. I watched it again recently — it’s very theatrical, and it’s not particularly incredible, either. It’s good, and it’s a solid film, but a Best Picture it is not. But look at the alternatives — The Pianist would make some people happy, but that would have been boring to me (more boring than Chicago), and Gangs — I don’t know if that film is solid enough on its own to have won. It’s kind of sprawling and unwieldy at times. But my opinions on the films haven’t really changed. Same order and everything.

2001 – 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema) *

2. A Beautiful Mind (Universal, DreamWorks)

3. Moulin Rouge! (20th Century Fox)

4. In the Bedroom (Miramax)

5. Gosford Park (USA Films)

The big thing for me here was seeing A Beautiful Mind again and remembering how great that movie actually is. I sometimes get it into my head that it’s the film’s fault that it won, when really it’s the Academy deliberately ignoring Lord of the Rings. They gave themselves no other choice. Moulin Rouge would have been a good choice in ’02 instead of Chicago (even though, like Chicago, it wouldn’t have held up at all. Though, man, would that have been a fun choice), and I still don’t get the appeal of Gosford Park at all. I see a slow, boring film where nothing happens and there’s really no point to it whatsoever. And I still say In the Bedroom, while not a very strong nominee, is a very underrated film. There’s some powerful moments there. So really the thing for me is being reminded how good A Beautiful Mind is, and how great Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly are in it. (How he won his Oscar for Gladiator and not this or The Insider is beyond me. More so this. It worked out, bookkeeping-wise, but performance-wise, man, he’s terrific here.) But yeah, Rings is still clearly the best.

2000 – 1. Gladiator (DreamWorks, Universal) *

2. Traffic (USA Films)

3. Chocolat (Miramax)

4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony Pictures Classics)

5. Erin Brockovich (Universal, Columbia)

I feel like a lot of people still feel Traffic should have won here. I watched some clips of that recently –I think it would have been a boring choice. Who doesn’t love Gladiator? I think that film completely works. Some of the CGI is a little obvious now, but if you see it in 1080p it doesn’t matter. It’s a breathtaking film. I still say it should have won. And otherwise — no change in opinions. Still think Brockovich is a filler nominee and still don’t really get the appeal of Crouching Tiger as anything more than a fun martial arts movie. I don’t get the nomination much, even though it does liven things up. Still wouldn’t vote for it, though.

1999 – 1. American Beauty (DreamWorks) *

2. The Insider (Touchstone Pictures)

3. The Green Mile (Castle Rock Entertainment, Warner Bros.)

4. The Sixth Sense (Hollywood Pictures)

5. The Cider House Rules (Miramax)

No change here. Cider House is still a joke nominee to me (there’s one Miramax every year, pretty much, up to ’06, and they’re all pulling up the rear. Look at them — The Queen, Finding Neverland, whatever you want to consider in ’02 — Gangs/The Hours/ChicagoIn the Bedroom, Chocolat, Cider House — aside from ’02, none of these really had a shot, and only serve to make their categories weaker, since they’re nothing more than likable films, at best), The Sixth Sense still feels like nothing more than a gimmick nominee (or zeitgeist nominee, take your pick) that doesn’t hold up at all. And The Green Mile is whatever. Good, but a flat middle of the pack film.

1998 – 1. Saving Private Ryan (DreamWorks, Paramount) *

2. Shakespeare in Love (Miramax/Universal)

3. The Thin Red Line (20th Century Fox)

4. Life is Beautiful (Miramax)

5. Elizabeth (PolyGram Filmed Entertainment)

Still say Private Ryan should have won, though I’m not so angry about it since it at least won Best Director. And Elizabeth still feels like one of those nominees that makes the category weaker.

1997 – 1. L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.) *

2. As Good as It Gets (TriStar)

3. Titanic (Paramount, 20th Century Fox)

4. Good Will Hunting (Miramax)

5. The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight)

The only real change here for me is that I bumped up Titanic from 4 to 3. I love Good Will Hunting, but Titanic is one of those films we sort of take for granted. “Oh, it’s epic, that’s why it won. But the writing is bad and it’s melodramatic,” and all these things. I watched a good portion of it again when it came out on Blu-Ray — that movie’s good. Yes, the writing is bad. James Cameron’s strong suit has never been a good screenplay. But it’s supposed to be melodramatic. The film works. And I’m sure I’ll start taking it for granted again over the next few years until I see it again, but so be it. I still think it belongs higher. (Still love As Good as It Gets though. I’ll never not love that movie.) And, while I love The Full Monty — I still laugh every time I see it on this list. What the fuck is it doing here?

1996 – 1. Jerry Maguire (TriStar)

2. Fargo (Gramercy Pictures) *

3. The English Patient (Miramax)

4. Shine (October Films)

5. Secrets & Lies (Fine Line Features)

Still love Jerry Maguire more, but would still vote for Fargo. Still think The English Patient is about 45 minutes to an hour too long, and I think Secrets and Lies and Shine are joke nominees. Shine is okay at best, and Secrets and Lies I hate outside of Brenda Blethyn’s performance. So, no change.

1995 – 1. Apollo 13 (Universal, Imagine Entertainment) *

2. Braveheart (Paramount, Icon)

3. Babe (Universal)

4. Il Postino (Miramax)

5. Sense and Sensibility (Columbia)

No change here for me, except — I rewatched Braveheart recently and cannot for the life of me understand why it won over Apollo 13. It’s not really that good. I mean, it’s good, but — it has this reputation, having own, and — it’s not that. I don’t get it. And then — I get why Il Postino is here, but I think it hasn’t held up at all. And I also still don’t get the appeal of Sense and Sensibility. I think that’s a wildly overrated nominee. As a film, to each his own. But I don’t get it. To me it’s just like all the other stuffy British films, like the Merchant Ivory’s and the like.

1994 – 1. Pulp Fiction (Miramax) *

2. The Shawshank Redemption (Columbia, Castle Rock Entertainment)

3. Forrest Gump (Paramount)

4. Quiz Show (Hollywood Pictures)

5. Four Weddings and a Funeral (PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title)

My opinion on this category will never change. I love the first three films dearly and any one of the three could have won and I’d be okay with it. I’d still vote for Pulp Fiction, and maybe on a good day I’d say Shashank, but those three — all incredible. Quiz Show I love slightly less than the first three, and like Bugsy in ’91, I love it and think it should definitely be there — I just wouldn’t (or can’t) vote for it. And then I have no idea what the fuck Four Weddings and a Funeral is doing on this list at all. It would be like if they nominated My Big Fat Greek Wedding — what the fuck?

1993 – 1. Schindler’s List (Universal) *

2. The Fugitive (Warner Bros.)

3. In the Name of the Father (Universal)

4. The Remains of the Day (Columbia)

5. The Piano (Miramax)

No change in my opinions here. I’d still watch The Fugitive first, even though Schindler’s is obviously the class of the list. And really all that’s changed is that I feel like I should pick up “The Remains of the Day” again soon. (The book, not the film. I like the film, but that book is incredible.)

1992 – 1. Unforgiven (Warner Bros.) *

2. A Few Good Men (Columbia, Castle Rock Entertainment)

3. Scent of a Woman (Universal)

4. The Crying Game (Miramax)

5. Howards End (Sony Pictures Classics)

Uhh — my love of Unforgiven is strengthened after a recent watch, and I’ll never waver about that having won again. I also really need to see A Few Good Men again soon, since that movie is perfect and I’m way overdue for seeing it again. And Scent of a Woman is still awesome. I don’t care what anyone says about Pacino’s performance. And Howards End is still boring as fuck.

1991 – 1. The Silence of the Lambs (Orion) *

2. Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Pictures)

3. JFK (Warner Bros.)

4. Bugsy (TriStar)

5. The Prince of Tides (Columbia)

Only change here is that I bumped Beauty and the Beast up to #2, because it’s a masterpiece. Really my only thing with this category is how terrible Prince of Tides is. My one positive comment about that movie is — “Well, George Carlin is in it.” There are at least two other movies that could have went there, and this category would probably have ended up as a top three all-time strongest Best Picture category. That one really weighs it down. It’s so bad.

1990 – 1. Goodfellas (Warner Bros.) *

2. The Godfather Part III (Paramount)

3. Ghost (Paramount)

4. Awakenings (Columbia)

5. Dances with Wolves (Orion)

No change here. Goodfellas so clearly should have won it’s not even funny. I haven’t watched Godfather III in a while, but I know that’s still a great movie of which my opinion will constantly decrease over time until I see it again simply because of the strength of the first two. And I watched Dances with Wolves again recently — yeah, absolutely terrible winner. Of the past thirty years, the worst five Best Picture winners are, without a doubt — Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa, Driving Miss Daisy and then either The English Patent or Crash. I’d probably award Crash and Miss Daisy a joint #5, since I sort of understand them winning because of their categories (even though they remain terrible choices). Awakenings is also a bit of an underrated movie. I feel like people tend to forget about how good that is. And Ghost should actually be nowhere near this list, but I guess like a lot of the 90s bottom nominees (or even the 2000s… like Sixth Sense, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Full Monty, The Blind Side, The Help), if they make an absurd amount of nowhere, they’ll nominate them.

1989 – 1. Field of Dreams (Universal) *

2. My Left Foot (Miramax)

3. Driving Miss Daisy (Warner Bros.)

4. Born on the Fourth of July (Universal)

5. Dead Poet’s Society (Touchstone Pictures)

No change for me here. I need to watch Born on the Fourth of July again, since I feel like my only reason for having it #4 is because I enjoy Driving Miss Daisy and like that it’s a spoonful of sugar, whereas Born on the Fourth of July feels like a tough piece of beef jerky. I’ll need to watch it again before I make any changes. Otherwise — Do the Right Thing should be here, and I still don’t really like Dead Poet’s Society as much as other people do. It’s not really my thing.

1988 – 1. Rain Man (United Artists) *

2. Mississippi Burning (Orion)

3. Dangerous Liaisons (Warner Bros.)

4. The Accidental Tourist (Warner Bros.)

5. Working Girl (20th Century Fox)

No changes on this one.

1987 – 1. Hope and Glory (Columbia) *

2. Broadcast News (20th Century Fox)

3. The Last Emperor (Columbia)

4. Fatal Attraction (Paramount)

5. Moonstruck (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Uhh — I have slightly more respect for Moonstruck than I did before, but even then, I never thought it was a bad movie. I just had a hard time watching it for various reasons and I hate that Cher won for it. Other than that, no changes here. Really want to watch Hope and Glory again. Man, I loved that movie.

1986 – 1. Platoon (Orion) *

2. Children of a Lesser God (Paramount)

3. The Mission (Warner Bros.)

4. Hannah and Her Sisters (Orion)

5. A Room With a View (Cinecom)

No changes here. Really only care for the first two films. Everything else is “meh, Oh god, and I hated that movie,” in that order.

1985 – 1. The Color Purple (Warner Bros.) *

2. Prizzi’s Honor (20th Century Fox, ABC Motion Pictures)

3. Kiss of the Spider Woman (Island Alive)

4. Witness (Paramount)

5. Out of Africa (Universal)

Not sure if this was said in the articles, but I really gained a lot more respect for Prizzi’s Honor. Pretty sure I’ve watched it three times now. The first time I watched it, I barely knew what was going on, probably because I wasn’t paying attention. The second time, I didn’t get much out of it. I guess I was just watching for Quest purposes. But the third time — man. What a great movie. It’s hilarious. It’s so much fun. Huge fan of that movie now. I also still hate Out of Africa and think it beating The Color Purple is one of the biggest jokes in Academy history. My god, was that a terrible decision. I still love Platoon and gain more respect for it each time I see it, and I want to watch Witness again, because I still don’t like it as much as everyone else does. I wonder if my opinion will change.

1984 – 1. Amadeus (Orion) *

2. A Soldier’s Story (Columbia)

3. Places in the Heart (TriStar)

4. The Killing Fields (Warner Bros.)

5. A Passage to India (Columbia)

Amadeus practically laps this list. A Soldier’s Story is really good, but it’s not a film that wins. In a stronger year it isn’t even nominated. And the rest — meh. I enjoyed Places and Killing Fields but I don’t think any of these even come close to Amadeus. So no change in my opinions.

1983 – 1. The Big Chill (Columbia)

2. The Right Stuff (Warner Bros., The Ladd Company) *

3. Terms of Endearment (Paramount)

4. Tender Mercies (Universal, AFD)

5. The Dresser (Columbia)

No changes, except that I’d like to point out that 1-3 are basically interchangeable for me. Put them in any order you want, it’s all the same. I love them all. I’d need to watch them in close proximity again to really make a decision, but — basically those are interchangeable.

1982 – 1. The Verdict (20thCentury Fox) *

2. Tootsie (Columbia)

3. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Universal)

4. Gandhi (Columbia)

5. Missing (Universal)

Strong ass category. No changes here. Though, man, Gandhi is fucking tedious, isn’t it? I get the win, but jesus — it’s hard to get through sometimes.

1981 – 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount) *

2. On Golden Pond (IFC Films)

3. Reds (Paramount)

4. Atlantic City (Paramount)

5. Chariots of Fire (The Ladd Company, Warner Bros.)

Uhh — no changes in terms of rankings, but I did watch four of the five again. All except Atlantic City. Still love Raiders, I gain more respect and love for On Golden Pond every time I see it, and I slightly get Chariots of Fire winning now. Not that I like the film any more (I actually like it less than the first time I watched it, and I did see it again), it’s just that I watched Reds again, and man, would that have been a boring ass choice. So I slightly understand them not wanting to vote for that, but Chariots of Fire? Really?

1980 – 1. Raging Bull (United Artists) *

2. The Elephant Man (Paramount)

3. Ordinary People (Paramount)

4. Coal Miner’s Daughter (Universal)

5. Tess (Columbia)

No changes here.

1979 – 1. All That Jazz (20th Century Fox)

2. Apocalypse Now (United Artists) *

3. Kramer vs. Kramer (Columbia)

4. Breaking Away (20th Century Fox)

5. Norma Rae (20th Century Fox)

I’d like to reiterate that while All That Jazz is my number one, that’s because it’s a top five all-timer for me. I still think Apocalypse Now is the film that should have won (that’s a top 20 all-timer for me). Also, Breaking Away is ridiculously underrated as a film.

1978 – 1. The Deer Hunter (Universal) *

2. Midnight Express (Columbia)

3. Heaven Can Wait (Paramount)

4. Coming Home (United Artists)

5. An Unmarried Woman (20th Century Fox)

Crazy strong category. No changes in opinion or anything. This will almost always be the order of this one for me. Though An Unmarried Woman is a real hidden gem that’s constantly overlooked.

1977 – 1. Star Wars (20thCentury Fox) *

2. The Goodbye Girl (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros.)

3. Annie Hall (United Artists)

4. Julia (20th Century Fox)

5. The Turning Point (20th Century Fox)

The big thing here for me is that I’ve really come to accept (more than I already had) and even like Annie Hall as a decision. In context — I know how close The Turning Point came to winning, and knowing they’d never vote for Star Wars — Annie Hall was a great choice. Plus, my whole Woody Allen thing (which I’m also sort of over now. My thing was that people would gush over his stuff, and me, only really liking about a quarter of his stuff, and even then only really liking about six of his films, I sort of had to say that I didn’t like his stuff, which kind of led me to downgrade my opinions on individual films — it’s a whole thing. Basically, now, it’s a film by film basis with me, and this is one of his films I love dearly).

1976 – 1. Rocky (United Artists) *

2. All the President’s Men (Warner Bros.)

3. Network (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists)

4. Taxi Driver (Columbia)

5. Bound for Glory (United Artists)

My problem with this list is that any one of the top four films could have won and it would have been okay. Of course, only one of the first three would ever have won. Taxi Driver never had a shot. But even so, it’s so fucking hard to choose between them that I always end up being like, “Well, I love Rocky the most, and it won, so it’s just easier taking that.” Since what the fuck do you do here? But, it’s really impossible for my opinions on these movies to change. The first four are perfect, and Bound for Glory is okay. I’m not the biggest fan of it, but it’s all right. So really that’s the only one where my opinion would ever change on it.

1975 –  1. Jaws (Universal)

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (United Artists) *

3. Dog Day Afternoon (Warner Bros.)

4. Barry Lyndon (Warner Bros.)

5. Nashville (Paramount)

Uhh — no change, really. I should watch some of these again (specifically Dog Day and Lyndon), but I still feel the same about all of them and wouldn’t change my rankings.

1974 – 1. The Godfather Part II (Paramount) *

2. Chinatown (Paramount)

3. The Conversation (Paramount)

4. Lenny (United Artists)

5. The Towering Inferno (20th Century Fox, Warner Bros.)

The only thing I want to stress here is that even though it’ll never go higher than #3 no matter how many times I update this list — I gain more and more respect for The Conversation every time I see it.

1973 – 1. The Sting (Universal) *

2. The Exorcist (Warner Bros.)

3. American Graffiti (Universal)

4. A Touch of Class (Avco Embassy)

5. Cries and Whispers (New World Pictures)

No change for me here. It’s really not possible for me to love The Sting more than I do. And Touch of Class is actually a very underrated film.

1972 – 1. The Godfather (Paramount) *

2. Deliverance (Warner Bros.)

3. Cabaret (Allied Artists)

4. Sounder (20th Century Fox)

5. The Emigrants (Warner Bros.)

No changes here.

1971 – 1. The French Connection (20th Century Fox) *

2. A Clockwork Orange (Warner Bros.)

3. Nicholas and Alexandra (Columbia)

4. Fiddler on the Roof (United Artists)

5. The Last Picture Show (Columbia)

No changes here, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen Clockwork. Oh, but I would like to mention — I used to think that French Connection might have been a borderline weak choice. Probably because of the films in this category. Over time, I’d start to think that it might not have been a perfect decision. But I saw the film again twice very recently, and those days are long gone. That was a perfect choice and is actually one of the better choices of all time, as far as I’m concerned. Never again will I pause to be like, “Was that actually a good decision?” My feeling is yes.

1970 – 1. Love Story (Paramount) *

2. MASH (20th Century Fox)

3. Patton (20th Century Fox)

4. Airport (Universal)

5. Five Easy Pieces (Columbia)

Patton gets bumped up to 3. Not sure why I had it at 4. I guess because Airport is such a fun movie. But no. Patton deserves third. Oh, though I would like to say — I respect Five Easy Pieces more than I did earlier. I think because earlier I used to think that it was regarded as a classic classic, whereas I think it’s really just regarded as a classic in the sense that, culturally, it’s one of those “70s” movies. And that makes more sense to me. I don’t love it as a classic, but it is a good movie, and culturally, it’s big. But whereas I used to think of it as a pretty good movie that had its moments, now it’s more — this is a good movie. So there’s that.

1969 – 1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (20thCentury Fox) *

2. Midnight Cowboy (United Artists)

3. Anne of the Thousand Days (Universal)

4. Hello, Dolly! (20th Century Fox)

5. Z (Cinema V)

No changes here. I should rewatch Z at some point, but otherwise, no change.

1968 – 1. Oliver! (Columbia) *

2. The Lion in Winter (Avco Embassy)

3. Romeo and Juliet (Paramount)

4. Funny Girl (Columbia)

5. Rachel, Rachel (Warner Bros.)

Haven’t seen Romeo and Juliet in years. Probably should at some point. Other than that, no changes. My feelings here are about what wasn’t nominated more than anything.

1967 – 1. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Columbia) *

2. The Graduate (Embassy)

3. Bonnie and Clyde (Warner Bros., Seven Arts)

4. In the Heat of the Night (United Artists)

5. Doctor Dolittle (20th Century Fox)

No changes here. It’s a tough call for me between the first three, but that’s not really what this article is about. I still feel the same way about them as I did before.

1966 – 1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Warner Bros.) *

2. A Man for All Seasons (Columbia)

3. Alfie (Paramount)

4. The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (United Artists)

5. The Sand Pebbles (20th Century Fox)

No changes here for me. Maybe if I watched them again I’d switch Russians are Coming and Sand Pebbles, but I don’t know. It’s been a while.

1965 – 1. Darling (Embassy) *

2. A Thousand Clowns (United Artists)

3. Doctor Zhivago (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. The Sound of Music (20th Century Fox)

5. Ship of Fools (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

The rankings don’t truly reflect my opinions on the films. I love Darling, but it’s tough calling that a #1. Mostly the first four are free form. Since I love The Sound of Music. So just think of it as a big grouping of four and then Ship of Fools at number five. I really don’t like that movie all that much.

1964 – 1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Columbia) *

2. My Fair Lady (Warner Bros.)

3. Mary Poppins (Disney, Buena Vista)

4. Becket (Paramount)

5. Zorba the Greek (20th Century Fox)

Strong ass category. Zorba would probably be a #3 in another year. I definitely like it better than just a number five. So as long as that’s clear, we’re cool.

1963 – 1. Cleopatra (20th Century Fox) *

2. America, America (Warner Bros.)

3. How the West Was Won (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Tom Jones (United Artists)

5. Lilies of the Field (United Artists)

No changes here. I watched Cleopatra again recently. I love that movie. And How the West Was Won is amazing. No change though.

1962 – 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (U-I) *

2. Lawrence of Arabia (Columbia)

3. The Longest Day (20th Century Fox)

4. Mutiny on the Bounty (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. The Music Man (Warner Bros.)

Kind of impossible for me feelings to change about this one. The first two are the first two and the bottom three are the bottom three.

1961 – 1. The Hustler (20thCentury Fox)

2. West Side Story (United Artists) *

3. Judgment at Nuremberg (United Artists)

4. Fanny (Warner Bros.)

5. The Guns of Navarone (Columbia)

Changed my vote. I feel like West Side Story should have won here. The Hustler is still my favorite on the list, but I’d still vote for West Story (much like with 1962). What sealed the decision was me watching it in 1080p. Man, that movie holds up. No changes on the rankings, but I will say, for whatever reason, every time I watch Fanny, I really enjoy it. I’m always surprised how much I enjoy it each time I see it.

1960 – 1. The Apartment (United Artists) *

2. The Sundowners (Warner Bros.)

3. Elmer Gantry (United Artists)

4. The Alamo (United Artists)

5. Sons and Lovers (20th Century Fox)

These rankings will almost never change for me. Though I really need to rewatch The Sundowners again. I fucking love that movie.

1959 – 1. Anatomy of a Murder (Columbia) *

2. The Diary of Anne Frank (20th Century Fox)

3. Ben-Hur (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. The Nun’s Story (Warner Bros.)

5. Room at the Top (Continental)

Love these rankings. Ben-Hur is your clear winner, but it’s so long, I’d only really watch it third (or maybe second, but I really liked how they did Diary of Anne Frank and am amazed at how timeless it seems). But when it’s on, it’s a #1. If that makes sense. I’d leave these rankings alone, even though we’re clear about Ben-Hur‘s position being flexible in that sense.

1958 – 1. The Defiant Ones (Kramer, United Artists) *

2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

3. Gigi (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Separate Tables (United Artists)

5. Auntie Mame (Warner Bros.)

I like all these movies. Kinda hard to rank them, but I like how I did. So I’ll leave it.

1957 – 1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (Columbia) *

2. 12 Angry Men (United Artists)

3. Witness for Prosecution (United Artists)

4. Peyton Place (20th Century Fox)

5. Sayonara (Warner Bros.)

I gained a lot more respect for Sayonara the last time I watched it, though I wouldn’t put it as more than a # here and still hate the Supporting wins it got. Otherwise — haven’t seen Peyton Place since the first time I saw it, and I wonder if I’ll enjoy it as much the second time. Otherwise, love the first two, and I still struggle every time I see the category with wanting to put 12 Angry Men at #1. So I’ll just leave it for now. But man — it’s close.

1956 – 1. Giant (Warner Bros.) *

2. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)

3. The King and I (20th Century Fox)

4. Around the World in 80 Days (United Artists)

5. Friendly Persuasion (Allied Artists)

No changes. (Though I bet after a rewatch, which is long, long overdue, I’d probably make some changes to 2, 3 and 4. But I’d need to rewatch them again.) And seriously, studios, put Giant out on Blu-ray for christ’s sake! How have you let that slip through the cracks for so long? (Come on, Criterion! It’s made for you!)

1955 – 1. Marty (United Artists) *

2. Mister Roberts (Warner Bros.)

3. Picnic (Columbia)

4. The Rose Tattoo (Paramount)

5. Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (20th Century Fox)

The fact that Picnic is #3 says pretty much all you need to know about this category. No changes. (Though I love 1 and 2.)

1954 – 1. On the Waterfront (Columbia) *

2. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

3. The Caine Mutiny (Columbia)

4. The Country Girl (Paramount)

5. Three Coins in the Fountain (20th Century Fox)

No changes here. The first five films are incredible, and Three Coins shouldn’t be here at all.

1953 – 1. Roman Holiday (Paramount) *

2. From Here to Eternity (Columbia)

3. Shane (Paramount)

4. The Robe (20th Century Fox)

5. Julius Caesar (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

No change. Mostly because the category’s really about the first three films. And I wouldn’t rank those any differently. Also, I love Roman Holiday more and more every time I see it.

1952 – 1. High Noon (United Artists) *

2. The Quiet Man (Republic)

3. The Greatest Show on Earth (Paramount)

4. Moulin Rouge (United Artists)

5. Ivanhoe (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

No changes. Tempted to swap Greatest Show and Moulin Rouge, but I’d need to see them again. Also, Ivanhoe isn’t as bad as the ranking may suggest. I think it’s a poor nominee, but actually a pretty entertaining film. Still wouldn’t put it anywhere except where it is, though.

1951 – 1. A Streetcar Named Desire (Warner Bros.) *

2. An American in Paris (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

3. Decision Before Dawn (20th Century Fox)

4. Quo Vadis (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. A Place in the Sun (Paramount)

Honestly, if I saw them again (and I should), I’d probably put A Place in the Sun up to fourth. Maybe third. I need to see the bottom three movies again. I know A Place in the Sun is a film I gave a bad shake to. Mostly because I didn’t love it when I saw it and just sort of had spite against it for whatever reason. So I’ll need to see that again, and I should watch the other two above it, since I know Streetcar very well, and An American in Paris — actually I should watch that again, too. Something tells me I’ll like it even less as a choice this time.

1950 – 1. Sunset Boulevard (Paramount) *

2. All About Eve (20th Century Fox)

3. Father of the Bride (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Born Yesterday (Columbia)

5. King Solomon’s Mines (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

No changes, though I’m more than completely okay with All About Eve winning. The only reason I wouldn’t be okay with it is because I’m upset my choice lost. Other than that — no changes.

1949 – 1. Battleground (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) *

2. The Heiress (Paramount)

3. All the King’s Men (Rossen, Columbia)

4. A Letter to Three Wives (20th Century Fox)

5. Twelve O’Clock High (20th Century Fox)

No changes.

1948 – 1. The Red Shoes (Rank Organisation, Powell/Pressburger, Eagle-Lion Films)

2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Bros.) *

3. Johnny Belinda (Warner Bros.)

4. The Snake Pit (20th Century Fox)

5. Hamlet (J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films, Universal International)

Look at this fucking category. I still hate Hamlet as a winner, but it’s a good film. Really want to watch Johnny Belinda again, since I really fell in love with that one. And I haven’t seen The Snake Pit since that first time. Otherwise — the other two are still masterpieces. I love The Red Shoes so, so much.

1947 – 1. Gentleman’s Agreement (20th Century Fox) *

2. Miracle on 34th Street (20th Century Fox)

3. Great Expectations (Rank-Cineguild, U-I)

4. The Bishop’s Wife (RKO Radio)

5. Crossfire (RKO Radio)

Don’t remember The Bishop’s Wife at all, so the novelty of Crossfire being a B movie makes me want to bump it up, but I’ll wait until I see them again. Otherwise, no change. (Man, there’s only one choice in this one. I always forget how bad of a category it is.)

1946 – 1. It’s a Wonderful Life (RKO Radio)

2. The Best Years of Our Lives (RKO Radio) *

3. The Yearling (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Henry V (United Artists)

5. The Razor’s Edge (20th Century Fox)

No changes here. My sentimental vote is more so It’s a Wonderful Life now, but in context I still vote for Best Years of Our Lives.

1945 – 1. The Lost Weekend (Paramount) *

2. The Bells of St. Mary’s (RKO Radio)

3. Mildred Pierce (Warner Bros.)

4. Anchors Aweigh (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. Spellbound (United Artists)

No changes. Need to see Mildred Pierce again. Might possibly bump that up to 2, but Bells of St. Mary’s is harmless and enjoyable, so I’m sure that’ll stay at 2.

1944 – 1. Double Indemnity (Paramount) *

2. Going My Way (Paramount)

3. Since You Went Away (Selznick, United Artists)

4. Wilson (20th Century Fox)

5. Gaslight (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

No changes here. Need to see Gaslight again. Remember liking it the first time I saw it, and the second time thinking how stupid it was, since there’s no rhyme or reason why she wouldn’t figure out what was going on as early as we did (which is pretty early). So I’ll need to watch it again and see if it works for me the third time. Otherwise, no changes. Definitely need to see Double Indemnity again, though.

1943 – 1. Casablanca (Warner Bros.) *

2. The Ox-Bow Incident (20th Century Fox)

3. The More the Merrier (Columbia)

4. Heaven Can Wait (20th Century Fox)

5. The Human Comedy (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

6. The Song of Bernadette (20th Century Fox)

7. In Which We Serve (United Artists)

8. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Paramount)

9. Madame Curie (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

10. Watch on the Rhine (Warner Bros.)

Swapped Bernadette and In Which We Serve. Otherwise, no change.

1942 – 1. The Pride of the Yankees (Goldwyn, RKO Radio) *

2. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Warner Bros.)

3. Random Harvest (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Mrs. Miniver (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. The Magnificent Ambersons (Mercury, RKO Radio)

6. 49th Parallel (GFD, Columbia)

7. Wake Island (Paramount)

8. The Pied Piper (20th Century Fox)

9. The Talk of the Town (Columbia)

10. Kings Row (Warner Bros.)

Dropped Ambersons to five, since I know I really only put that there because it’s Ambersons. I don’t remember it as well as I remember the two I bumped ahead of it. I love Random Harvest, and I know I really enjoy Mrs. Miniver. So that’s my change for the moment. If I see Ambersons and really love it, then it’ll go back up. For now, I think fifth is the place for it. Also, I actually kind of like all the films on this list. Kings Row I said I only like the first half of, but overall, it’s trending upward. It’s like a B/B+ instead of a B/B-, you know? Stronger year than I give it credit for (or rather, than I’d immediately think offhand).

1941 – 1. Citizen Kane (RKO Radio) *

2. The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros.)

3. Blossoms in the Dust (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Sergeant York (Warner Bros.)

5. How Green Was My Valley (20th Century Fox)

6. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Columbia)

7. Suspicion (RKO Radio)

8. Hold Back the Dawn (Paramount)

9. The Little Foxes (RKO Radio)

10. One Foot in Heaven (Warner Bros.)

Hard to imagine me changing anything here.

1940 – 1. The Grapes of Wrath (20thCentury Fox) *

2. Rebecca (Selznick, United Artists)

3. The Great Dictator (Chaplin, United Artists)

4. Our Town (Lesser, United Artists)

5. Kitty Foyle (RKO Radio)

6. The Philadelphia Story (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

7. All This, and Heaven Too (Warner Bros.)

8. Foreign Correspondent (Wanger, United Artists)

9. The Long Voyage Home (Argosy, Wanger, United Artists)

10. The Letter (Warner Bros.)

No change here at all. I like 8 out of 10 here. That’s pretty good.

1939 – 1. Gone With the Wind (Selznick, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) *

2. The Wizard of Oz (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia)

4. Stagecoach (United Artists)

5. Ninotchka (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

6. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

7. Wuthering Heights (Goldwyn, United Artists)

8. Of Mice and Men (Roach, United Artists)

9. Love Affair (RKO Radio)

10. Dark Victory (Warner Bros.)

I don’t think I’d really ever make any changes to this list. Maybe if I saw them again I’d swap Of Mice and Men and Love Affair (maybe), but it’s not like that’s a big change.

1938 – 1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Warner Bros.)

2. Grand Illusion (R.A.O., World Pictures) *

3. Pygmalion (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. You Can’t Take It With You (Columbia)

5. The Citadel (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

6. Test Pilot (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

7. Jezebel (Warner Bros.)

8. Boys Town (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

9. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (20th Century Fox)

10. Four Daughters (Warner Bros., First National)

Tough category. No changes, really, since I really only like the first four, and 5 and 6 are likes, but relative to the time period.

1937 – 1. A Star is Born (Selznick International, United Artists) *

2. The Awful Truth (Columbia)

3. Lost Horizon (Columbia)

4. Captains Courageous (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. Stage Door (RKO Radio)

6. The Life of Emile Zola (Warner Bros.)

7. The Good Earth (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

8. Dead End (Goldwyn, United Artists)

9. In Old Chicago (20th Century Fox)

10. One Hundred Men and a Girl (Universal)

Every time I see this list, I think, “Man… no Make Way for Tomorrow.” Otherwise, no change. But if I saw them again, I bet if I saw them again, I’d think about switching Captains Courageous and Lost Horizon. Don’t know if I would, but I might.

1936 – 1. The Great Ziegfeld (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) *

2. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Columbia)

3. Dodsworth (Goldwyn, United Artists)

4. San Francisco (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. Libeled Lady (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

6. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Warner Bros.)

7. Anthony Adverse (Warner Bros.)

8. Romeo and Juliet (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

9. Three Smart Girls (Universal)

10. A Tale of Two Cities (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

No changes, but I bet if I watched them again, I’d think about swapping Mr. Deeds and Dodsworth. I also legitimately like the first seven here as well. Mostly the first six, but I enjoyed Adverse, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

1935 – 1. Top Hat (RKO Radio) *

2. The Informer (RKO Radio)

3. Mutiny on the Bounty (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Alice Adams (RKO Radio)

5. Les Misérables (20th Century, United Artists)

6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Warner Bros.)

7. Ruggles of Red Gap (Paramount)

8. Captain Blood (Warner Bros. Cosmopolitan)

9. Naughty Marietta (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

10. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (Paramount)

11. David Copperfield (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

12. The Broadway Melody of 1936 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

This is a stronger year than I give it credit for. In my head I think 1934 is stronger, but wow — I legitimately like the first eight movies on this list. (I’m not crazy about Captain Blood, but it’s thoroughly entertaining.)

1934 – 1. The Thin Man (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) *

2. It Happened One Night (Columbia)

3. The Gay Divorcée (RKO Radio)

4. Cleopatra (Paramount)

5. Imitation of Life (Universal)

6. Here Comes the Navy (Warner Bros.)

7. Flirtation Walk (First National)

8. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

9. Viva Villa! (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

10. The House of Rothschild (20th Century, United Artists)

11. One Night of Love (Columbia)

12. The White Parade (Fox)

Still haven’t seen White Parade. Still only really like the first five movies (and even then, the first three are where it’s at). No changes.

1932-1933 – 1. I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Warner Bros.) *

2. 42nd Street (Warner Bros.)

3. Cavalcade (Fox)

4. Little Women (RKO Radio)

5. State Fair (Fox)

6. Lady for a Day (Columbia)

7. A Farewell to Arms (Paramount)

8. She Done Him Wrong (Paramount)

9. The Private Life of Henry VIII (London Films, United Artists)

10. Smilin’ Through (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Switched Lady for a Day and State Fair. Otherwise, no changes.

1931-1932 – 1. Bad Girl (Fox) *

2. One Hour with You (Paramount)

3. Grand Hotel (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. The Smiling Lieutenant (Paramount)

5. The Champ (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

6. Five Star Final (First National)

7. Arrowsmith (Goldwyn, United Artists)

8. Shanghai Express (Paramount)

No changes.

1930-1931 – 1. Skippy (Paramount) *

2. Cimarron (RKO Radio)

3. The Front Page (Caddo, United Artists)

4. Trader Horn (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. East Lynne (Fox)

No changes. Still haven’t seen East Lynne.

1929-1930 – 1. All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal) *

2. The Love Parade (Paramount)

3. The Big House (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

4. Disraeli (Warner Bros.)

5. The Divorcée (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

No changes.

1928-1929 – 1. The Broadway Melody (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) *

2. In Old Arizona (Fox)

3. Alibi (Feature Productions, United Artists)

4. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

5. The Patriot (Paramount) (LOST)

No change here.

1927-1928 (Outstanding Picture, Production)  1. Seventh Heaven (Fox) *

2. Wings (Paramount, Famous Players-Lasky)

3. The Racket (Caddo, Paramount)

1927-1928 (Unique or Artistic Production) – 1. Sunrise (Fox) *

2. The Crowd (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

3. Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (Paramount, Famous Players-Lasky)

No change with these.


Best Actor

2011  1. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy *

2. Jean Dujardin, The Artist

3. George Clooney, The Descendants

4. Brad Pitt, Moneyball

5. Demián Bichir, A Better Life

What a strong category. No changes.

2010 – 1. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech *

2. Jeff Bridges, True Grit

3. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

4. Javier Bardem, Biutiful

5. James Franco, 127 Hours

No changes.

2009 – 1. George Clooney, Up in the Air *

2. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

3. Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

4.Colin Firth, A Single Man

5. Morgan Freeman, Invictus

No changes.

2008 – 1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler *

2. Sean Penn, Milk

3. Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

4. Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

5. Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

No changes. Wow. I like how my performance opinions don’t seem to have changed so far. That’s making my job easier.

2007 – 1. Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood *

2.George Clooney, Michael Clayton

3. Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

4. Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

5. Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah

No changes. Though Viggo gave a better performance than Depp did. I just enjoy Depp’s performance, so I put it at #3. Just so we’re clear on that.

2006 – 1. Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

2. Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

3. Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness

4. Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond *

5. Peter O’Toole, Venus

Don’t really know how to rank this one. Not a huge fan of any of the performances.

2005 – 1. David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck *

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

3. Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

4. Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

5. Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow

No change. Nice category.

2004 – 1. Jamie Foxx, Ray *

2. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator

3. Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

4. Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda

5. Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland

No changes.

2003 – 1. Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl *

2. Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

3. Ben Kingsley, House of Sand and Fog

4. Sean Penn, Mystic River

5. Jude Law, Cold Mountain

No changes.

2002 – 1. Nicolas Cage, Adaptation. *

2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York

3. Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt

4. Adrien Brody, The Pianist

5. Michael Caine, The Quiet American

What a tough category. I feel like Nicholson gave the best overall performance, Daniel Day-Lewis was second and Cage is third. I forget my reasoning, but since 1-3 are basically interchangeable, I’ll leave it.

2001 – 1. Denzel Washington, Training Day *

2. Sean Penn, I Am Sam

3. Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind

4. Will Smith, Ali

5. Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom

1-3 are interchangeable for me here, too. Shit. Crowe was amazing. I should probably put him #2, but fuck it. As long as we’re clear I love all the first three. And honestly, I probably should put Wilkinson fourth, but I haven’t seen Ali in years, so whatever.

2000 – 1. Tom Hanks, Cast Away

2. Russell Crowe, Gladiator *

3. Geoffrey Rush, Quills

4. Ed Harris, Pollock

5. Javier Bardem, Before Night Falls

Yup. No changes. Though I really came to like Quills a lot more the most recent time I saw it. I also really love Cast Away. To me, that’s a Best Picture nominee.

1999 – 1. Kevin Spacey, American Beauty *

2. Russell Crowe, The Insider

3. Denzel Washington, The Hurricane

4. Sean Penn, Sweet and Lowdown

5. Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story

No changes. In fact, I really like this order.

1998 – 1. Ian McKellen, Gods and Monsters *

2. Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan

3. Edward Norton, American History X

4. Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful

5. Nick Nolte, Affliction

No changes. I’d also like to point out that every time I see Saving Private Ryan, I’m more and more impressed with what Hanks did there. You don’t normally think about that performance as being a Best Actor nominee caliber, but it is. He’s really great there.

1997 – 1. Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets *

2. Dustin Hoffman, Wag the Dog

3. Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting

4. Robert Duvall, The Apostle

5. Peter Fonda, Ulee’s Gold

No changes. Love Wag the Dog. Every time I watch it, I’m reminded how much I love it. Also love Nicholson’s performance. I don’t care what anyone says, he was spectacular there.

1996 – 1. Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade *

2. Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire

3. Woody Harrelson, The People vs. Larry Flynt

4. Ralph Fiennes, The English Patient

5. Geoffrey Rush, Shine

Strong performances. No changes, though.

1995 – 1. Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas *

2. Anthony Hopkins, Nixon

3. Richard Dreyfuss, Mr. Holland’s Opus

4. Sean Penn, Dead Man Walking

5. Massimo Troisi, Il Postino

No changes.

1994 – 1. Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump *

2. John Travolta, Pulp Fiction

3. Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption

4. Nigel Hawthorne, The Madness of King George

5. Paul Newman, Nobody’s Fool

No changes.

1993 – 1. Liam Neeson, Schindler’s List *

2. Anthony Hopkins, The Remains of the Day

3. Daniel Day-Lewis, In the Name of the Father

4. Tom Hanks, Philadelphia

5. Laurence Fishburne, What’s Love Got to Do with It

No changes.

1992 –1. Robert Downey Jr., Chaplin *

2. Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman

3. Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven

4. Denzel Washington, Malcolm X

5. Stephen Rea, The Crying Game

No changes. Probably should put Denzel 3rd, but I love Clint.

1991 – 1. Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs *

2. Warren Beatty, Bugsy

3. Robert De Niro, Cape Fear

4. Robin Williams, The Fisher King

5. Nick Nolte, The Prince of Tides

No changes.

1990 – 1. Richard Harris, The Field *

2. Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune

3. Robert De Niro, Awakenings

4. Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves

5. Gérard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac

No changes.

1989 – 1. Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot *

2. Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July

3. Kenneth Branagh, Henry V

4. Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy

5. Robin Williams, Dead Poet’s Society

No changes.

1988 – 1. Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man *

2. Tom Hanks, Big

3. Gene Hackman, Mississippi Burning

4. Edward James Olmos, Stand and Deliver

5. Max von Sydow, Pelle the Conqueror

No changes.

1987 – 1. Michael Douglas, Wall Street *

2. William Hurt, Broadcast News

3. Robin Williams, Good Morning, Vietnam

4. Jack Nicholson, Ironweed

5. Marcello Mastroianni, Dark Eyes

No changes.

1986 – 1. Paul Newman, The Color of Money *

2. William Hurt, Children of a Lesser God

3. Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa

4. Dexter Gordon, Round Midnight

5. James Woods, Salvador

No changes.

1985 – 1. William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman *

2. Jon Voight, Runaway Train

3. Jack Nicholson, Prizzi’s Honor

4. Harrison Ford, Witness

5. James Garner, Murphy’s Romance

No changes. Really like Nicholson’s performance, but would leave him third. So, no change.

1984 – 1. F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus *

2. Tom Hulce, Amadeus

3. Albert Finney, Under the Volcano

4. Jeff Bridges, Starman

5. Sam Waterston, The Killing Fields

Might swap Bridges and Waterston after I see Killing Fields again, but I need to see it again before I do that.

1983 – 1. Michael Caine, Educating Rita

2. Tom Courtenay, The Dresser

3. Albert Finney, The Dresser

4. Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies *

5. Tom Conti, Reuben, Reuben

No change. I’d also like to stress how much I love Courtenay’s performance over Finney’s in The Dresser. Finney is flashy, but Courtenay had the harder job.

1982 – 1. Paul Newman, The Verdict *

2. Peter O’Toole, My Favorite Year

3. Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie

4. Ben Kingsley, Gandhi

5. Jack Lemmon, Missing

No changes.

1981 – 1. Dudley Moore, Arthur *

2. Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond

3. Warren Beatty, Reds

4. Burt Lancaster, Atlantic City

5. Paul Newman, Absence of Malice

No changes.

1980 – 1. Robert De Niro, Raging Bull *

2. John Hurt, The Elephant Man

3. Peter O’Toole, The Stunt Man

4. Robert Duvall, The Great Santini

5. Jack Lemmon, Tribute

No changes. 1-4 man — what performances.

1979 – 1. Roy Scheider, All That Jazz

2. Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer *

3. Peter Sellers, Being There

4. Jack Lemmon, The China Syndrome

5. Al Pacino, …And Justice for All

No changes.

1978 – 1. Robert De Niro, The Deer Hunter *

2.Warren Beatty, Heaven Can Wait

3. Jon Voight, Coming Home

4. Laurence Olivier, The Boys From Brazil

5. Gary Busey, The Buddy Holly Story

No changes. Need to see Voight’s performance again, but I’d probably still leave it third since I love Heaven Can Wait. I just need to see it again for the performance.

1977 – 1. Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl *

2. John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever

3.Woody Allen, Annie Hall

4. Richard Burton, Equus

5. Marcello Mastroianni, A Special Day

No changes.

1976 – 1. Sylvester Stallone, Rocky

2.Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver

3. Peter Finch, Network *

4. William Holden, Network

5. Giancarlo Giannini, Seven Beauties

Swapped Holden and Finch. I love the other two performances over him, but I really came around on how good Finch is in that movie. He totally deserved that win.

1975 – 1. Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest *

2. Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon

3. Walther Matthau, The Sunshine Boys

4. James Whitmore, Give ‘em Hell, Harry!

5. Maximilian Schell, The Man in the Glass Booth

Need to see Dog Day again. Also — Schell gave the better performance, but I have Whitmore still above him simply because he does it alone, Schell had won, and he’s James Whitmore. But Schell’s performance was better. Whitmore is basically a filmed play. (Like, actual play.) I just wanted to explain the rankings.

1974 – 1. Al Pacino, The Godfather, Part II *

2. Jack Nicholson, Chinatown

3. Dustin Hoffman, Lenny

4. Albert Finney, Murder on the Orient Express

5. Art Carney, Harry and Tonto

No changes.

1973 – 1. Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger *

2. Jack Nicholson, The Last Detail

3. Robert Redford, The Sting

4. Al Pacino, Serpico

5. Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris

No changes. Redford’s ranked higher because I enjoy the performance, but I think we can all agree Pacino did better.

1972 – 1. Marlon Brando, The Godfather *

2. Michael Caine, Sleuth

3. Laurence Olivier, Sleuth

4. Peter O’Toole, The Ruling Class

5. Paul Winfield, Sounder

What a category. No change.

1971 – 1. Gene Hackman, The French Connection *

2. Chaim Topol, Fiddler on the Roof

3. Walther Matthau, Kotch

4. George C. Scott, The Hospital

5. Peter Finch, Sunday Bloody Sunday

No changes. The more I rewatch The French Connection, the more I love the decision.

1970 – 1. James Earl Jones, The Great White Hope

2. George C. Scott, Patton *

3. Ryan O’Neal, Love Story

4. Jack Nicholson, Five Easy Pieces

5. Melvyn Douglas, I Never Sang for My Father

No changes, but let me again stress how fucking good James Earl Jones is in that movie. That might be a top ten of the decade (which is a list I should make at some point…) for Oscar Quest performances. In fact… let’s switch them.

1969 – 1. John Wayne, True Grit *

2. Richard Burton, Anne of the Thousand Days

3. Dustin Hoffman, Midnight Cowboy

4. Jon Voight, Midnight Cowboy

5. Peter O’Toole, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

No changes. Still think Burton gave the best performance, but I stated my reasoning for the vote in the article.

1968 – 1.Ron Moody, Oliver!

2. Peter O’Toole, The Lion in Winter *

3. Alan Arkin, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

4. Cliff Robertson, Charly

5. Alan Bates, The Fixer

Love me some Fagin. O’Toole probably should be my number one, but whatever, we know he was the best. I just love Fagin as a character. Also, if I watched the performances again, I’d probably swap Arkin and Robertson, but I’d need to see them again.

1967 – 1. Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke *

2. Spencer Tracy, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

3. Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate

4. Warren Beatty, Bonnie and Clyde

5. Rod Steiger, In the Heat of the Night

Bumped Tracy up to 2. He’d be #4 for a vote, considering he won twice, but he’s definitely my second favorite performance there.

1966 – 1. Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons *

2. Richard Burton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

3. Michael Caine, Alfie

4. Alan Arkin, The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming

5. Steve McQueen, The Sand Pebbles

I bet each time I watched the first two performances, my #1 would be which performance I saw most recently. That’s how close they are in my mind.

1965 – 1. Richard Burton, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold *

2. Rod Steiger, The Pawnbroker

3. Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou

4. Laurence Olivier, Othello

5. Oskar Werner, Ship of Fools

No changes. And how the fuck doesn’t Burton or Steiger win this?

1964 – 1. Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb *

2. Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady

3. Peter O’Toole, Becket

4. Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek

5. Richard Burton, Becket

No changes. Amazing performance all around, though.

1963 – 1. Richard Harris, This Sporting Life *

2. Rex Harrison, Cleopatra

3. Paul Newman, Hud

4. Albert Finney, Tom Jones

5. Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field

Newman gave the second best, but Harrison is awesome, is why that is the way it is. Otherwise — not a huge fan of this one.

1962 – 1. Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird *

2. Peter O’Toole, Lawrence of Arabia

3. Jack Lemmon, Days of Wine and Roses

4. Burt Lancaster, Birdman of Alcatraz

5. Marcello Mastroianni, Divorce, Italian Style

The fact that Lemmon and Lancaster are 3 and 4 — what a fucking category.

1961 – 1. Paul Newman, The Hustler *

2. Maximilian Schell, Judgment at Nuremberg

3. Spencer Tracy, Judgment at Nuremberg

4. Charles Boyer, Fanny

5. Stuart Whitman, The Mark

Good performances. No changes.

1960 – 1. Jack Lemmon, The Apartment

2. Burt Lancaster, Elmer Gantry *

3. Spencer Tracy, Inherit the Wind

4. Trevor Howard, Sons and Lovers

5. Laurence Olivier, The Entertainer

I’d rank it this way every time.

1959 – 1. James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder *

2. Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot

3. Paul Muni, The Last Angry Man

4. Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur

5. Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top

I like this list. No changes.

1958 – 1. Paul Newman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof *

2. Tony Curtis, The Defiant Ones

3. Sidney Poitier, The Defiant Ones

4. David Niven, Separate Tables

5. Spencer Tracy, The Old Man and the Sea

Tough list to rank. I’ll leave it. I’d need to see the performances again to make changes.

1957 – 1. Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai *

2. Charles Laughton, Witness for Prosecution

3. Anthony Franciosa, A Hatful of Rain

4. Anthony Quinn, Wild Is the Wind

5. Marlon Brando, Sayonara

No changes.

1956 – 1. Rock Hudson, Giant *

2. James Dean, Giant

3. Yul Brynner, The King and I

4. Kirk Douglas, Lust for Life

5. Laurence Olivier, Richard III

I wonder if I’d bump Douglas up to third if I saw it again. Probably not. No changes for now, though.

1955 – 1. Frank Sinatra, The Man with the Golden Arm *

2. Ernest Borgnine, Marty

3. James Dean, East of Eden

4. James Cagney, Love Me or Leave Me

5. Spencer Tracy, Bad Day at Black Rock

I’d need to see the performances again, but something tells me I should have Tracy 4th here. Otherwise, no changes in the performances. I should watch Man with the Golden Arm again. I love that movie.

1954 – 1. Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront *

2. Bing Crosby, The Country Girl

3. Humphrey Bogart, The Caine Mutiny

4. James Mason, A Star Is Born

5. Dan O’Herlihy, Robison Crusoe

Love this category. I don’t think I’d ever change the order.

1953 – 1. William Holden, Stalag 17 *

2. Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity

2. Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity

4. Marlon Brando, Julius Caesar

5. Richard Burton, The Robe

Swapped Clift and Lancaster. No idea why I had it the other way around for all this time. I also switched my vote from Clift to Holden. I originally voted for Clift because I voted for Holden in ’76, but I’ve come around on Finch and am voting for him now, so I can vote for Holden. It’s stupid logic, I know, but I was so crazy writing those articles, now I get to write these articles and undo that.

1952 – 1. Kirk Douglas, The Bad and the Beautiful *

2. Gary Cooper, High Noon

3. José Ferrer – Moulin Rouge

4. Alec Guinness, The Lavender Hill Mob

5. Marlon Brando, Viva Zapata!

Swapped Ferrer and Guinness. Ferrer needed to be #3.

1951 – 1. Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire *

2. Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen

3. Montgomery Clift, A Place in the Sun

4. Arthur Kennedy, Bright Victory

5. Fredric March, Death of a Salesman

No changes. I’d probably rank it this way every time.

1950 – 1. James Stewart, Harvey *

2. William Holden, Sunset Boulevard

3. Spencer Tracy, Father of the Bride

4. José Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac

5. Louis Calhern, The Magnificent Yankee

I’d also probably rank it this way every time. Mostly because the first two are really the only two worth voting for. I’m also changing my vote to Jimmy, since I love that performance.

1949 – 1. Broderick Crawford, All the King’s Men *

2. Richard Todd, The Hasty Heart

3. John Wayne, Sands of Iwo Jima

4. Gregory Peck, Twelve O’Clock High

5. Kirk Douglas, Champion

No change, here. Want to watch The Hasty Heart again at some point. Really enjoyed that. Also want to see All the King’s Men again, since I feel like that’s a film whose reputation goes down for me until I see it again. I know when I see it again, I’m gonna go, “Man, this is amazing.” Usually the films that don’t have firm holds on a win (or aren’t clearly ones that shouldn’t have won) are like that for me. (See: 2004.)

1948 – 1. Laurence Olivier, Hamlet *

2. Lew Ayres, Johnny Belinda

3. Clifton Webb, Sitting Pretty

4. Montgomery Clift, The Search

5. Dan Dailey, When My Baby Smiles at Me

I want to watch The Search again at some point. Really excited that Michel Hazanavicius wants to remake it (sort of. I’m assuming it means, take the basic outline and premise).

1947 – 1. Gregory Peck, Gentleman’s Agreement *

2. Michael Redgrave, Mourning Becomes Electra

3. John Garfield, Body and Soul

4. Ronald Colman, A Double Life

5. William Powell, Life with Father

Don’t like the category. I feel like on rewatches, Garfield goes ahead of Redgrave. But I’d need to rewatch first.

1946 – 1. Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives *

2. James Stewart, It’s a Wonderful Life

3. Gregory Peck, The Yearling

4. Laurence Olivier, Henry V

5. Larry Parks, The Jolson Story

Don’t think I’d ever change this order.

1945 – 1. Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend *

2. Gene Kelly, Anchors Aweigh

3. Bing Crosby, The Bells of St. Mary’s

4. Gregory Peck, The Keys of the Kingdom

5. Cornel Wilde, A Song to Remember

Like the order. Peck was better, performance-wise, but Kelly and Crosby are more fun. So they go ahead. So no changes.

1944 – 1. Bing Crosby, Going My Way *

2. Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way

3. Alexander Knox, Wilson

4. Charles Boyer, Gaslight

5. Cary Grant, None But the Lonely Hear

I get why I had Grant fourth and Boyer fifth, but Boyer was better. Made that swap.

1943 – 1. Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca *

2. Mickey Rooney, The Human Comedy

3. Gary Cooper, For Whom the Bell Tolls

4. Walter Pidgeon, Madame Curie

5. Paul Lukas, Watch on the Rhine

My order will always be the same on this one.

1942 – 1. James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy *

2. Gary Cooper, The Pride of the Yankees

3. Monty Woolley, The Pied Piper

4. Ronald Colman, Random Harvest

5. Walter Pidgeon, Mrs. Miniver

I’d need to watch The Pied Piper again, but I’d think about putting Colman third here. No changes for now, though.

1941 – 1. Orson Welles, Citizen Kane *

2. Walter Huston, The Devil and Daniel Webster

3. Gary Cooper, Sergeant York

4. Cary Grant, Penny Serenade

5. Robert Montgomery, Here Comes Mr. Jordan

I might like Grant as a #3, but I’d need to see the performances again to confirm.

1940 – 1. Henry Fonda, The Grapes of Wrath *

2. Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

3. Laurence Olivier, Rebecca

4. James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story

5. Raymond Massey, Abe Lincoln in Illinois

I’d probably always keep this order.

1939 – 1. James Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington *

2. Clark Gable, Gone With the Wind

3. Robert Donat, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

4. Laurence Olivier, Wuthering Heights

5. Mickey Rooney, Babes in Arms

Wouldn’t ever change this order. I hate that I can’t vote for Gable here, but I’m happy that I get to vote for Stewart, if that makes sense.

1938 – 1. Leslie Howard, Pygmalion *

2. James Cagney, Angels with Dirty Faces

3. Robert Donat, The Citadel

4. Charles Boyer, Algiers

5. Spencer Tracy, Boys Town


1937 – 1. Fredric March, A Star Is Born *

2. Paul Muni, The Life of Emile Zola

3. Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous

4. Robert Montgomery, Night Must Fall

5. Charles Boyer, Conquest

No changes.

1936 – 1. Walter Huston, Dodsworth

2. William Powell, My Man Godfrey *

3. Paul Muni, The Story of Louis Pasteur

4. Gary Cooper, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

5. Spencer Tracy, San Francisco

No changes. Good category. Why Tracy instead of Gable — no idea.

1935 – 1. Victor McLaglen, The Informer *

2. Charles Laughton, Mutiny on the Bounty

3. Clark Gable, Mutiny on the Bounty

4. Paul Muni, Black Fury

5. Franchot Tone, Mutiny on the Bounty

Yup. Maybe I’d put Tone fourth, but whatever. We’ll leave it.

1934 – 1. William Powell, The Thin Man *

2. Clark Gable, It Happened One Night

3. Frank Morgan, The Affairs of Cellini

I guarantee you my order will always be this one.

1932-1933 – 1. Paul Muni, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang *

2. Charles Laughton, The Private Life of Henry VIII

3. Leslie Howard, Berkeley Square

My order will also always be this one.

1931-1932 – 1. Wallace Beery, The Champ *

2. Fredric March, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

3. Alfred Lunt, The Guardsman

Not sure if I’d ever change this order. It’s possible, but — no changes.

1930-1931 – 1. Jackie Cooper, Skippy *

2. Richard Dix, Cimarron

3. Lionel Barrymore, A Free Soul

4. Adolphe Menjou, The Front Page

5. Fredric March, The Royal Family of Broadway


1929-1930 – 1. Maurice Chevalier, The Love Parade

2. Maurice Chevalier, The Big Pond

3. George Arliss, Disraeli *

4. Wallace Beery, The Big House

5. Ronald Colman, Condemned

6. Ronald Colman, Bulldog Drummond

7. George Arliss, The Green Goddess

8. Lawrence Tibbett, The Rogue Song

Sure. Why not?

1928-1929  1. Warner Baxter, In Old Arizona *

2. George Bancroft, Thunderbolt

3. Paul Muni, The Valiant

4. Chester Morris, Alibi

5. Lewis Stone, The Patriot (LOST)

I don’t watch these early performances enough to want to change anything.

1927-1928 – 1. Emil Jannings, The Last Command & The Way of All Flesh (LOST)*

2. Richard Barthelmess, The Noose & The Patent Leather Kid

Well obviously this stays the same.


Best Actress

2011  1. Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo *

2. Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

3. Viola Davis, The Help

4. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

5. Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

No changes here (yet).

2010 – 1. Natalie Portman, Black Swan *

2. Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

3. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

4. Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

5. Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

No changes. This would always be my order on this one.

2009 – 1. Carey Mulligan, An Education *

2. Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

3. Meryl Streep, Julia and Julia

4. Helen Mirren, The Last Station

5. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

No changes. 3 and 4 are interchangeable to me. I don’t really care about those.

2008 – 1. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married *

2. Angelina Jolie, Changeling

3. Meryl Streep, Doubt

4. Melissa Leo, Frozen River

5. Kate Winslet, The Reader

No changes. Maybe on rewatches, I’d swap Meryl and Angelina, but only on rewatches. Kate’s performance is also better than my ranking. I just — yeah. I like it where it is.

2007 – 1. Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose *

2. Julie Christie, Away from Her

3. Ellen Page, Juno

4. Laura Linney, The Savages

5. Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

No changes. Watched parts of La Vie en Rose again — she totally deserved it.

2006 – 1. Kate Winslet, Little Children *

2. Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada

3. Penèlope Cruz, Volver

4. Helen Mirren, The Queen

5. Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal

Don’t like this category. If I could start with Winslet at 3 and then rank through a #7, that’s how I’d rank this list. Bad category.

2005 – 1. Felicity Huffman, Transamerica *

2. Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

3. Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice

4. Charlize Theron, North Country

5. Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents

Don’t like this category. Honestly, as long as 1 is 1, whatever.

2004 – 1. Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind *

2. Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby

3. Annette Bening, Being Julia

4. Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace

5. Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake

I put Hilary second, because she really needed to be second. I know why I did it then, but not now.

2003 – 1. Charlize Theron, Monster *

2. Samantha Morton, In America

3. Naomi Watts, 21 Grams

4. Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider

5. Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give

No changes. This will always be my order on this category.

2002 – 1. Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven *

2. Renée Zellweger, Chicago

3. Salma Hayek, Frida

4. Diane Lane, Unfaithful

5. Nicole Kidman, The Hours

Kidman is #4 based on performance, but she’s Supporting, so I refuse to put her any place but #5. (Out of spite? Yes. But fuck it, I don’t care.)

2001 – 1. Judi Dench, Iris *

2. Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!

3. Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball

4. Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom

5. Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’s Diary


2000 – 1. Joan Allen, The Contender

2. Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich

3. Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream *

4. Juliette Binoche, Chocolat

5. Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me

I hate this category.

1999 – 1. Annette Bening, American Beauty *

2. Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry

3. Janet McTeer, Tumbleweeds

4. Julianne Moore, The End of the Affair

5. Meryl Streep, Music of the Heart


1998 – 1. Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love *

2. Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth

3. Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station

4. Emily Watson, Hilary and Jackie

5. Meryl Streep, One True Thing

This category is so bad, I’d still vote for Gwyneth.

1997 – 1. Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets *

2. Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown

3. Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove

4. Kate Winslet, Titanic

5. Julie Christie, Afterglow

Yup. Also watched As Good as It Gets again. She deserved it (in this category).

1996 – 1. Frances McDormand, Fargo

2. Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves *

3. Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies

4. Kristin Scott Thomas, The English Patient

5. Diane Keaton, Marvin’s Room

Same rankings, same vote. That’s all.

1995 – 1. Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas *

2. Sharon Stone, Casino

3. Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County

4. Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking

5. Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility

Still think Shue should have won.

1994 – 1. Jodie Foster, Nell *

2. Susan Sarandon, The Client

3. Jessica Lange, Blue Sky

4. Winona Ryder, Little Women

5. Miranda Richardson, Tom & Viv

Jodie gave the best performance, but I understand the choice.

1993 – 1. Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day

2. Holly Hunter, The Piano *

3. Debra Winger, Shadowlands

4. Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got to Do with It

5. Stockard Channing, Six Degrees of Separation

I put Bassett third. I only had Winger third because she was good enough to win in ’83.

1992 – 1. Mary McDonnell, Passion Fish *

2. Emma Thompson, Howards End

3. Michelle Pfeiffer, Love Field

4. Susan Sarandon, Lorenzo’s Oil

5. Catherine Deneuve, Indochine

Do not like this category.

1991 – 1. Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs *

2. Laura Dern, Rambling Rose

3. Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise

4. Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise

5. Bette Midler, For the Boys

Laura Dern’s performance is so underrated.

1990 – 1. Kathy Bates, Misery *

2. Meryl Streep, Postcards from the Edge

3. Anjelica Huston, The Grifters

4. Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman

5. Joanne Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

Kathy all the way. How did Julia get on here?

1989 – 1. Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy *

2. Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys

3. Pauline Collins, Shirley Valentine

4. Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel

5. Jessica Lange, Music Box


1988 – 1. Jodie Foster, The Accused *

2. Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark

3. Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons

4. Sigourney Weaver, Gorillas in the Mist

5. Melanie Griffith, Working Girl

Jodie destroys this category.

1987 – 1. Holly Hunter, Broadcast News *

2. Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

3. Cher, Moonstruck

4. Meryl Streep, Ironweed

5. Sally Kirkland, Anna

No changes.

1986 – 1. Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God *

2. Sigourney Weaver, Aliens

3. Kathleen Turner, Peggy Sue Got Married

4. Sissy Spacek, Crimes of the Heart

5. Jane Fonda, The Morning After

No changes.

1985 – 1. Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple *

2. Jessica Lange, Sweet Dreams

3. Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful

4. Meryl Streep, Out of Africa

5. Anne Bancroft, Agnes of God

No changes.

1984 – 1. Sally Field, Places in the Heart *

2. Judy Davis, A Passage to India

3. Sissy Spacek, The River

4. Jessica Lange, Country

5. Vanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians

No changes. But I do hate this category.

1983 – 1. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment *

2. Julie Walters, Educating Rita

3. Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment

4. Meryl Streep, Silkwood

5. Jane Alexander, Testament

Upon another watch, I might put Winger second. We’ll see. No changes for now.

1982 – 1. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice *

2. Jessica Lange, Frances

3. Julie Andrews, Victor Victoria

4. Sissy Spacek, Missing

5. Debra Winger, An Officer and a Gentleman

No changes.

1981 – 1. Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond

2. Marsha Mason, Only When I Laugh *

3. Diane Keaton, Reds

4. Susan Sarandon, Atlantic City

5. Meryl Streep, The French Lieutenant’s Woman

No changes. Also want to see Only When I Laugh again.

1980 – 1. Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter *

2. Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People

3. Goldie Hawn, Private Benjamin

3. Gena Rowlands, Gloria

5. Ellen Burstyn, Resurrection

No changes. It’s always a dead heat between Spacek and Moore.

1979 – 1. Sally Field, Norma Rae *

2. Bette Midler, The Rose

3. Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome

4. Marsha Mason, Chapter Two

5. Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over

No changes. More solid on Field winning than I was in the article.

1978 – 1. Jill Clayburgh, An Unmarried Woman *

2. Jane Fonda, Coming Home

3. Ellen Burstyn, Same Time, Next Year

4. Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata

5. Geraldine Page, Interiors

Really it comes down to 1 and 2, the rest are whatever. Still say Clayburgh should have won.

1977 – 1. Marsha Mason, The Goodbye Girl

2. Diane Keaton, Annie Hall *

3. Jane Fonda, Julia

4. Shirley MacLaine, The Turning Point

5. Anne Bancroft, The Turning Point

No changes. I like my rankings.

1976 – 1. Talia Shire, Rocky *

2. Faye Dunaway, Network

3. Sissy Spacek, Carrie

4. Marie-Christine Barrault, Cousin, cousine

5. Liv Ullmann, Face to Face

Still should vote for Dunaway, but I’m leaving it.

1975 – 1. Ann-Margret, Tommy

2. Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest *

3. Isabelle Adjani, The Story of Adele H.

4. Carol Kane, Hester Street

5. Glenda Jackson, Hedda

These rankings will never change.

1974 – 1. Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence *

2. Faye Dunaway, Chinatown

3. Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

4. Valerie Perrine, Lenny

5. Diahann Carroll, Claudine


1973 – 1. Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist *

2. Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty

3. Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class

4. Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were

5. Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

Need to see A Touch of Class again. Might consider Jackson for second. No changes yet.

1972 – 1. Liza Minnelli, Cabaret *

2. Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues

3. Cicely Tyson, Sounder

4. Maggie Smith, Travels with My Aunt

5. Liv Ullmann, The Emigrants

Don’t care about this category at all outside #1.

1971 – 1. Julie Christie, McCabe & Mrs. Miller

2. Janet Suzman, Nicholas and Alexandra

3. Jane Fonda, Klute *

4. Vanessa Redgrave, Mary, Queen of Scots

5. Glenda Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday

Really need to see Klute again. That should necessitate some changes, but nothing yet.

1970 – 1. Ali MacGraw, Love Story *

2. Jane Alexander, The Great White Hope

3. Carrie Snodgress, Diary of a Mad Housewife

4. Sarah Miles, Ryan’s Daughter

5. Glenda Jackson, Women in Love

Gonna leave this one alone, since I’m sure we all know my very strong feelings on this category by now. But yes. These would be my rankings, always.

1969 – 1. Liza Minnelli, The Sterile Cuckoo

2. Geneviève Bujold, Anne of the Thousand Days *

3. Jane Fonda, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

4. Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

5. Jean Simmons, The Happy Ending

Bujold should probably be #1, but I like that I’m showing some love to The Sterile Cuckoo, which is a really underrated movie. Also switching Fonda and Simmons. Simmons was third for a vote, but Fonda’s third for performance. Actually, Maggie’s probably fourth for performance, so let’s change that too. Sorry, Jean.

1968 – 1. Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl *

2. Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter

3. Vanessa Redgrave, Isadora

4. Patricia Neal, The Subject Was Roses

5. Joanne Woodward, Rachel, Rachel

My rankings will always be exactly like this.

1967 – 1. Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark

2. Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

3. Anne Bancroft, The Graduate

4. Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde *

5. Edith Evans, The Whisperers

Rough category. Let’s — let’s bump Kate up to 2. Since I love that performance. Not sure who I’d vote for, so let’s leave the Dunaway vote.

1966 – 1. Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? *

2. Ida Kaminska, The Shop on Main Street

3. Lynn Redgrave, Georgy Girl

4. Anouk Aimée, A Man and a Woman

5. Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan!

I don’t care about this one after Liz, so really — Kaminska is 2, and Vanessa Redgrave is 5. 3 and 4, whatever.

1965 – 1. Julie Christie, Darling *

2. Elizabeth Hartman, A Patch of Blue

3. Samantha Eggar, The Collector

4. Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music

5. Simone Signoret, Ship of Fools

It’s all about Christie. But I like the rankings. I’ll leave them.

1964 – 1. Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins *

2. Debbie Reynolds, The Unsinkable Molly Brown

3. Anne Bancroft, The Pumpkin Eater

4. Kim Stanley, Séance on a Wet Afternoon

5. Sophia Loren, Marriage Italian-Style

Like these rankings.

1963 – 1. Leslie Caron, The L-Shaped Room *

2. Natalie Wood, Love with the Proper Stranger

3. Shirley MacLaine, Irma La Douce

4. Rachel Roberts, This Sporting Life

5. Patricia Neal, Hud

Need to see Hud again, but otherwise, like the rankings for now. (The only real change would be Neal going to #4, so it’s not like they’ll change much.)

1962 – 1. Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker *

2. Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses

3. Geraldine Page, Sweet Bird of Youth

4. Katharine Hepburn, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

5. Bette Davis, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

After Remick and Bancroft, I honestly don’t care.

1961 – 1. Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass *

2. Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

3. Piper Laurie, The Hustler

4. Sophia Loren, Two Women

5. Geraldine Page, Summer and Smoke

Yes. I should see Two Women again (really should see Two Women again), but for now — no changes.

1960 – 1. Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment *

2. Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners

3. Elizabeth Taylor, BUtterfield 8

4. Melina Mercouri, Never on Sunday

5. Greer Garson, Sunrise at Campobello

Like these rankings. Want to see BUtterfield 8 again. Also, if I saw them again, I bet I’d put Garson fourth and Mercouri fifth.

1959 – 1. Audrey Hepburn, The Nun’s Story *

2. Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly, Last Summer

3. Katharine Hepburn, Suddenly, Last Summer

4. Doris Day, Pillow Talk

5. Simone Signoret, Room at the Top


1958 – 1. Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

2. Deborah Kerr, Separate Tables

3. Susan Hayward, I Want to Live! *

4. Shirley MacLaine, Some Came Running

5. Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame

Tough category. I bet if I watched them again, it would be between Kerr and Hayward for a vote. Taylor stays #1 because of how fucking great she looks in that movie. For now, let’s leave it. Because I bet I’d make all sorts of changes if I saw these five again. (And I’d like to see them again, so it might happen.)

1957 – 1. Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve *

2. Lana Turner, Peyton Place

3. Deborah Kerr, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

4. Elizabeth Taylor, Raintree County

5. Anna Magnani, Wild is the Wind

Don’t really care after #1. I bet if I saw them again, I’d change stuff, but for now, as long as Woodward is understood to be a far and away #1 for me, it’s cool.

1956 – 1. Carroll Baker, Baby Doll *

2. Katharine Hepburn, The Rainmaker

3. Deborah Kerr, The King and I

4. Nancy Kelly, The Bad Seed

5. Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia

Love these rankings. Really want to watch The Rainmaker again. I fucking loved that movie. I also want to see Baker’s performance again. So I should watch that too.

1955 – 1. Susan Hayward, I’ll Cry Tomorrow *

2. Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo

3. Eleanor Parker, Interrupted Melody

4. Katharine Hepburn, Summertime

5. Jennifer Jones, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

1 and 2 in that order, otherwise I don’t care.

1954 – 1. Grace Kelly, The Country Girl *

2. Judy Garland, A Star Is Born

3. Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina

4. Jane Wyman, Magnificent Obsession

5. Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen Jones

Yes. That exact order.

1953 – 1. Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday *

2. Leslie Caron, Lili

3. Maggie McNamara, The Moon Is Blue

4. Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity

5. Ava Gardner, Mogambo

I like the rankings. Would only vote for Hepburn, so I don’t even need to specify about performance vs. entertainment or whatever.

1952 – 1. Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding *

2. Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba

3. Susan Hayward, With a Song in My Heart

4. Bette Davis, The Star

5. Joan Crawford, Sudden Fear

Harris all the way. In fact, I want to see that performance again. That was good. Do not like this category at all, though.

1951 – 1. Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire *

2. Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen

3. Eleanor Parker, Detective Story

4. Shelley Winters, A Place in the Sun

5. Jane Wyman, The Blue Veil

3-5 is pretty interchangeable to me. I’d like to see them again, because if I did, I bet I’d alter some stuff around.

1950 – 1. Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard *

2. Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday

3. Anne Baxter, All About Eve

4. Betty Davis, All About Eve

5. Eleanor Parker, Caged

Tough call here. I should watch Born Yesterday again. I only saw it the once, and that was before I saw Judy Holliday in other stuff. I bet the second time it’ll come off as the same Judy Holliday stuff (like Goldie Hawn winning for Cactus Flower) and I’ll drop her to third or fourth in the rankings. We’ll see, though. For now, no changes.

1949 – 1. Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress *

2. Jeanne Crain, Pinky

3. Deborah Kerr, Edward, My Son

4. Susan Hayward, My Foolish Heart

5. Loretta Young, Come to the Stable

Do not care after Olivia. Crain is #2, though. Otherwise, do not care, don’t like any of the other performances or movies.

1948 – 1. Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda *

2. Irene Dunne, I Remember Mama

3. Olivia de Havilland, The Snake Pit

4. Barbara Stanwyck, Sorry, Wrong Number

5. Ingrid Bergman, Joan of Arc

Yes. This order.

1947 – 1. Rosalind Russell, Mourning Becomes Electra *

2. Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman’s Agreement

3. Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter

4. Joan Crawford, Possessed

5. Susan Hayward, Smash-up, the Story of a Woman

This will always be my order for this category.

1946 – 1. Celia Johnson, Brief Encounter

2. Olivia de Havilland, To Each His Own *

3. Jane Wyman, The Yearling

4. Jennifer Jones, Duel in the Sun

5. Rosalind Russell, Sister Kenny

Yes. Love this order. (Maybe Russell fourth if I saw it again, but Duel in the Sun is so much fun. So let’s just assume I’d leave it.)

1945 – 1. Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce *

2. Gene Tierney, Leave Her to Heaven

3. Ingrid Bergman, The Bells of St. Mary’s

4. Greer Garson, The Valley of Decision

5. Jennifer Jones, Love Letters

Yes. This order. Maybe 4 and 5 swap, but at that point, who cares?

1944 – 1. Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity *

2. Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

3. Claudette Colbert, Since You Went Away

4. Greer Garson, Mrs. Parkington

5. Bette Davis, Mr. Skeffington

I should watch Double Indemnity and Gaslight again. I said that earlier, but I should give those performances another look.

1943 – 1. Jean Arthur, The More the Merrier *

2. Jennifer Jones, The Song of Bernadette

3. Ingrid Bergman, For Whom the Bell Tolls

4. Greer Garson, Madame Curie

5. Joan Fontaine, The Constant Nymph

Jones bumps to 2, since I’m sure I had Bergman second for Casablanca as well. But she wasn’t nominated for that, so she goes down to 3.

1942 – 1. Teresa Wright, The Pride of the Yankees *

2. Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver

3. Bette Davis, Now, Voyager

4. Rosalind Russell, My Sister Eileen

5. Katharine Hepburn, Woman of the Year

Davis moves up to 3.

1941 – 1. Greer Garson, Blossoms in the Dust *

2. Joan Fontaine, Suspicion

3. Olivia de Havilland, Hold Back the Dawn

4. Barbara Stanwyck, Ball of Fire

5. Bette Davis, The Little Foxes

Not sure why Garson wasn’t #1 before. Made that change. I also enjoy the Stanwyck performance more than Olivia’s, but I’d leave it, since I’d rather vote for Olivia over Stanwyck.

1940 – 1. Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle *

2. Joan Fontaine, Rebecca

3. Martha Scott, Our Town

4. Katharine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story

5. Bette Davis, The Letter

Yes. This order. This order always. (Explanation for 1 and 2 being as they were is in the article.)

1939 – 1. Vivien Leigh, Gone With the Wind *

2. Greta Garbo, Ninotchka

3. Greer Garson, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

4. Irene Dunne, Love Affair

5. Bette Davis, Dark Victory

Always this order.

1938 – 1. Wendy Hiller, Pygmalion *

2. Norma Shearer, Marie Antoinette

3. Fay Bainter, White Banners

4. Bette Davis, Jezebel

5. Margaret Sullavan, Three Comrades

No change.

1937 – 1. Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born

2. Irene Dunne, The Awful Truth *

3. Barbara Stanwyck, Stella Dallas

4. Luise Rainer, The Good Earth

5. Greta Garbo, Camille

No change. Also, probably always this order.

1936 – 1. Carole Lombard, My Man Godfrey *

2. Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfeld

3. Gladys George, Valiant is the Word for Carrie

4. Irene Dunne, Theodora Goes Wild

5. Norma Shearer, Romeo and Juliet


1935 – 1. Katharine Hepburn, Alice Adams *

2. Miriam Hopkins, Becky Sharp

3. Elisabeth Bergner, Escape Me Never

4. Bette Davis, Dangerous

5. Merle Oberon, The Dark Angel

6. Claudette Colbert, Private Worlds

After 1 and 2, I’m not gonna go back to them that often, so by default I feel the same about them as I did then.

1934 – 1. Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night *

2. Norma Shearer, The Barretts of Wimpole Street

3. Bette Davis, Of Human Bondage (write-in)

4. Grace Moore, One Night of Love

Always this order.

1932-1933 – 1. Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory *

2. Diana Wynyard, Cavalcade

3. May Robson, Lady for a Day

No change.

1931-1932 – 1. Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet *

2. Lynn Fontaine, The Guardsman

3. Marie Dressler, Emma

No change. Always this order, too.

1930-1931 – 1. Irene Dunne, Cimarron *

2. Marie Dressler, Min and Bill

3. Marlene Dietrich, Morocco

4. Norma Shearer, A Free Soul

5. Ann Harding, Holiday

No change.

1929-1930 – 1. Norma Shearer, The Divorcée *

2. Gloria Swanson, The Tresspasser

3. Nancy Carroll, The Devil’s Holiday

4. Greta Garbo, Anna Christie

5. Ruth Chatterton, Sarah and Son

6. Norma Shearer, Their Own Desire

7. Greta Garbo, Romance

No change.

1928-1929 – 1. Mary Pickford, Coquette *

2. Bessie Love, The Broadway Melody

3. Jeanne Eagels, The Letter

4. Corrinne Griffith, The Divine Lady

5. Ruth Chatterton, Madame X

6. Betty Compson, The Barker

No change. Still haven’t seen The Barker.

1927-1928 – 1. Janet Gaynor, Seventh Heaven & Street Angel & Sunrise *

2. Gloria Swanson, Sadie Thompson

3. Louise Dresser, A Ship Comes In

Always Gaynor at 1.


Best Supporting Actor

2011  1. Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close *

2. Christopher Plummer, Beginners

3. Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

4. Nick Nolte, Warrior

5. Jonah Hill, Moneyball

2010 – 1. Christian Bale, The Fighter *

2. Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

3. Jeremy Renner, The Town

4. John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

5. Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right

2009 – 1. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds *

2. Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

3. Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

4. Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

5. Matt Damon, Invictus

2008 – 1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight *

2. Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

4. Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

5. Josh Brolin, Milk

2007 – 1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War

2. Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men *

3. Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

4. Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

5. Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild

2006 – 1. Mark Wahlberg, The Departed *

2. Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

3. Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children

4. Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

5. Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

2005 – 1. William Hurt, A History of Violence *

2. George Clooney, Syriana

3. Matt Dillon, Crash

4. Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain

5. Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man

2004 – 1. Clive Owen, Closer *

2. Jamie Foxx, Collateral

3. Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby

4. Alan Alda, The Aviator

5. Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

2003 – 1. Alec Baldwin, The Cooler *

2.Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai

3. Benicio del Toro, 21 Grams

4. Tim Robbins, Mystic River

5. Djimon Hounsou, In America

2002 – 1. Chris Cooper, Adaptation. *

2. Paul Newman, Road to Perdition

3. Christopher Walken, Catch Me if You Can

4. John C. Reilly, Chicago

5. Ed Harris, The Hours

2001 – 1. Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast *

2. Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

3. Ethan Hawke, Training Day

4. Jim Broadbent, Iris

5. Jon Voight, Ali

2000 – 1. Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire *

2.Jeff Bridges, The Contender

3. Benicio del Toro, Traffic

4. Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator

5. Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich

1999 – 1. Tom Cruise, Magnolia *

2. Jude Law, The Talented Mr. Ripley

3. Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile

4. Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules

5. Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense

1998 – 1. Billy Bob Thornton, A Simple Plan *

2. Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love

3. Robert Duvall, A Civil Action

4. James Coburn, Affliction

5. Ed Harris, The Truman Show

1997 – 1. Robert Forster, Jackie Brown *

2. Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting

3. Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights

4. Anthony Hopkins, Amistad

5. Greg Kinnear, As Good as It Gets

1996 – 1. Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jerry Maguire

2. William H. Macy, Fargo *

3. Edward Norton, Primal Fear

4. James Woods, Ghosts of Mississippi

5. Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shine

1995 – 1. Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects *

2. Brad Pitt, Twelve Monkeys

3. Ed Harris, Apollo 13

4. James Cromwell, Babe

5. Tim Roth, Rob Roy

1994 – 1. Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction *

2. Martin Landau, Ed Wood

3. Gary Sinise, Forrest Gump

4. Chazz Palminteri, Bullets Over Broadway

5. Paul Scofield, Quiz Show

1993 – 1. Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List *

2. Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive

3.Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father

4. Leonardo DiCaprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

5. John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire

1992 – 1. Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men

2. Gene Hackman, Unforgiven*

3. Al Pacino, Glengarry Glen Ross

4. Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game

5. David Paymer, Mr. Saturday Night

1991 – 1. Michael Lerner, Barton Fink *

2. Harvey Keitel, Bugsy

3. Ben Kingsley, Bugsy

4. Jack Palance, City Slickers

5.Tommy Lee Jones, JFK

1990 – 1. Joe Pesci, Goodfellas *

2. Andy Garcia, The Godfather Part III

3. Al Pacino, Dick Tracy

4. Bruce Davidson, Longtime Companion

5. Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves

1989 – 1. Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing *

2. Denzel Washington, Glory

3. Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season

4. Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy

5. Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors

1988 – 1. Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda *

2. Martin Landau, Tucker: The Man and His Dream

3. Dean Stockwell, Married to the Mob

4. Alec Guinness, Little Dorrit

5. River Phoenix, Running on Empty

1987 – 1. Sean Connery, The Untouchables *

2. Morgan Freeman, Street Smart

3. Albert Brooks, Broadcast News

4. Denzel Washington, Cry Freedom

5. Vincent Gardenia, Moonstruck

1986 – 1. Tom Berenger, Platoon *

2. Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers

3. Willem Dafoe, Platoon

4. Michael Caine, Hannah and Her Sisters

5. Denholm Elliott, A Room with a View

1985 – 1. Eric Roberts, Runaway Train *

2. Don Ameche, Cocoon

3. Klaus Maria Brandauer, Out of Africa

4. Robert Loggia, Jagged Edge

5. William Hickey, Prizzi’s Honor

1984 – 1. Adolph Ceasar, A Soldier’s Story *

2. Pat Morita, The Karate Kid

4. John Malkovich, Places in the Heart

4. Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

5. Ralph Richardson, Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

1983 – 1. Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff *

2. Charles Durning, To Be or Not to Be

3. Jack Nicholson, Terms of Endearment

4. John Lithgow, Terms of Endearment

5. Rip Torn, Cross Creek

1982 – 1. James Mason, The Verdict *

2. John Lithgow, The World According to Garp

3. Louis Gossett Jr.An Officer and a Gentleman

4. Charles Durning, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

5. Robert Preston, Victor Victoria

1981 – 1. John Gielgud, Arthur *

2. James Coco, Only When I Laugh

3. Jack Nicholson, Reds

4. Howard Rollins, Ragtime

5. Ian Holm, Chariots of Fire

1980 – 1. Joe Pesci, Raging Bull

2. Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People *

3. Jud Hirsch, Ordinary People

4. Jason Robards, Melvin and Howard

5. Michael O’Keefe, The Great Santini

1979 – 1. Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now *

2. Melvyn Douglas, Being There

3. Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer

4. Frederic Forrest, The Rose

5. Mickey Rooney, The Black Stallion

1978 – 1. Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter *

2. Bruce Dern, Coming Home

3. Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait

4. John Hurt, Midnight Express

5. Richard Farnsworth, Comes a Horseman

1977 – 1. Alec Guinness, Star Wars *

2. Jason Robards, Julia

3. Maximilian Schell, Julia

4. Peter Firth, Equus

5. Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point

1976 – 1. Jason Robards, All the President’s Men *

2. Burt Young, Rocky

3. Burgess Meredith, Rocky

4. Ned Beatty, Network

5. Laurence Olivier, Marathon Man

1975 – 1. George Burns, The Sunshine Boys *

2. Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon

3. Brad Dourif, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

4. Jack Warden, Shampoo

5. Burgess Meredith, The Day of the Locust

1974 – 1. Robert De Niro, The Godfather Part II *

2. Lee Strasberg, The Godfather Part II

3. Michael V. Gazzo, The Godfather Part II

4. Fred Astaire, The Towering Inferno

5. Jeff Bridges, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

1973 – 1. Jason Miller, The Exorcist *

2. Vincent Gardenia, Bang the Drum Slowly

3. Randy Quaid, The Last Detail

4. John Houseman, The Paper Chase

5. Jack Gilford, Save the Tiger

1972 – 1. James Caan, The Godfather *

2. Al Pacino, The Godfather

3. Robert Duvall, The Godfather

4. Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid

5. Joel Grey, Cabaret

1971 – 1. Roy Scheider, The French Connection *

2. Jeff Bridges, The Last Picture Show

3. Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show

4. Richard Jaeckel, Sometimes a Great Notion

5. Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof

1970 – 1. Chief Dan George, Little Big Man *

1. John Marley, Love Story

3. Richard S. Castellano, Lovers and Other Strangers

4. Gene Hackman, I Never Sang for My Father

5. John Mills, Ryan’s Daughter

1969 – 1. Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? *

2. Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider

3. Rupert Crosse, The Reivers

4. Elliott Gould, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

5. Anthony Quayle, Anne of the Thousand Days

1968 – 1. Gene Wilder, The Producers *

2. Jack Wild, Oliver!

3. Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses

4. Daniel Massey, Star!

5. Seymour Cassel, Faces

1967 – 1. George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke *

2. Cecil Kellaway, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

3. Gene Hackman, Bonnie and Clyde

4. Michael J. Pollard, Bonnie and Clyde

5. John Cassavetes, The Dirty Dozen

1966 – 1. Walther Matthau, The Fortune Cookie *

2. Robert Shaw, A Man for All Seasons

3. George Segal, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

4. James Mason, Georgy Girl

5. Mako, The Sand Pebbles

1965 – 1. Martin Balsam, A Thousand Clowns *

2. Ian Bannen, Flight of the Phoenix

3. Tom Courtenay, Doctor Zhivago

4. Frank Finlay, Othello

5. Michael Dunn, Ship of Fools

1964 – 1. John Gielgud, Becket

2. Peter Ustinov, Topkapi *

3. Stanley Holloway, My Fair Lady

4. Lee Tracy, The Best Man

5. Edmond O’Brien, Seven Days in May

1963 – 1. Melvyn Douglas, Hud *

2. John Huston, The Cardinal

3. Nick Adams, Twilight of Honor

4. Bobby Darin, Captain Newman, M.D.

5. Hugh Griffith, Tom Jones

1962 – 1. Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia *

2. Telly Savalas, Birdman of Alcatraz

3. Terence Stamp, Billy Budd

4. Ed Begely, Sweet Bird of Youth

5. Victor Buono, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

1961 – 1. Jackie Gleason, The Hustler *

2. George C. Scott, The Hustler

3. George Chakiris, West Side Story

4. Montgomery Clift, Judgment at Nuremberg

5. Peter Falk, Pocketful of Miracles

1960 – 1. Jack Kruschen, The Apartment

2. Peter Ustinov, Spartacus *

3. Chill Wills, The Alamo

4. Peter Falk, Murder, Inc.

5. Sal Mineo, Exodus

1959 – 1. Arthur O’Connell, Anatomy of a Murder *

2. George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder

3. Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur

4. Ed Wynn, The Diary of Anne Frank

5. Robert Vaughn, The Young Philadelphians

1958 – 1. Burl Ives, The Big Country *

2. Theodore Bikel, The Defiant Ones

3. Gig Young, Teacher’s Pet

4. Arthur Kennedy, Some Came Running

5. Lee J. Cobb, The Brothers Karamozov

1957 – 1. Sessue Hayakawa, The Bridge on the River Kwai *

2. Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place

3. Vittorio de Sica, A Farewell to Arms

4. Russ Tamblyn, Peyton Place

5. Red Buttons, Sayonara

1956 – 1. Robert Stack, Written on the Wind *

2. Mickey Rooney, The Bold and the Brave

3. Anthony Perkins, Friendly Persuasion

4. Anthony Quinn, Lust for Life *

5. Don Murray, Bus Stop

1955 – 1. Jack Lemmon, Mister Roberts *

2. Joe Mantell, Marty

3. Sal Mineo, Rebel Without a Cause

4. Arthur O’Connell, Picnic

5. Arthur Kennedy, Trial

1954 – 1. Rod Steiger, On the Waterfront *

2.Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront

3. Karl Malden, On the Waterfront

4. Edmond O’Brien, The Barefoot Contessa

5. Tom Tully, The Caine Mutiny

1953 – 1. Robert Strauss, Stalag 17 *

2. Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity

3. Eddie Albert, Roman Holiday

4. Jack Palance, Shane

5. Brandon de Wilde, Shane

1952 – 1. Victor McLaglen, The Quiet Man *

2. Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!

3. Jack Palance, Sudden Fear

4. Richard Burton, My Cousin Rachel

5. Arthur Hunnicutt, The Big Sky

1951 – 1. Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire *

2. Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis

3. Kevin McCarthy, Death of a Salesman

4. Leo Genn, Quo Vadis

5. Gig Young, Come Fill the Gap

1950 – George Sanders, All About Eve *

2. Erich von Stroheim, Sunset Boulevard

3. Jeff Chandler, Broken Arrow

4. Edmund Gwenn, Mister 880

5. Sam Jaffe, The Asphalt Jungle

1949 – 1. Ralph Richardson, The Heiress *

2. James Whitmore, Battleground

3. John Ireland, All the King’s Men

4. Dean Jagger, Twelve O’Clock High

5. Arthur Kennedy, Champion

1948 – 1. Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre *

2. Charles Bickford, Johnny Belinda

3. Oskar Homolka, I Remember Mama

4. Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish

5. José Ferrer, Joan of Arc

1947 – 1. Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death *

2. Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street

3. Charles Bickford, The Farmer’s Daughter

4. Robert Ryan, Crossfire

5. Thomas Gomez, Ride the Pink Horse

1946 – 1. Charles Coburn, The Green Years

2. Claude Rains, Notorious *

3. Clifton Webb, The Razor’s Edge

4. William Demarest, The Jolson Story

5. Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives

1945 – 1. James Dunn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn *

2. Robert Mitchum, The Story of G.I. Joe

3. Michael Chekhov, Spellbound

4. John Dall, The Corn is Green

5. J. Carrol Naish, A Medal for Benny

1944 – 1. Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way *

2. Monty Woolley, Since You Went Away

3. Clifton Webb, Laura

4. Claude Rains, Mr. Skeffington

5. Hume Cronyn, The Seventh Cross

1943 – 1. Claude Rains, Casablanca *

2. Charles Coburn, The More the Merrier

3. J. Carrol Naish, Sahara

4. Charles Bickford, The Song of Bernadette

5. Akim Tamiroff, For Whom the Bell Tolls

1942 – 1. Walter Huston, Yankee Doodle Dandy

2. Henry Travers, Mrs. Miniver

3. Frank Morgan, Tortilla Flat *

4. William Bendix, Wake Island

5. Van Heflin, Johnny Eager

1941 – 1. Sydney Greenstreet, The Maltese Falcon *

2. Donald Crisp, How Green Was My Valley

3. Charles Coburn, The Devil and Miss Jones

4. James Gleason, Here Comes Mr. Jordan

5. Walter Brennan, Sergeant York

1940 – 1. Walter Brennan, The Westerner *

2. Jack Oakie, The Great Dictator

3. Albert Basserman, Foreign Correspondent

4. James Stephenson, The Letter

5. William Gargan, They Knew What They Wanted

1939 – 1. Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach *

2. Claude Rains, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

3. Harry Carey, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

4. Brian Aherne, Juarez

5. Brian Donlevy, Beau Geste

1938 – 1. Basil Rathbone, If I Were King *

2. Robert Morely, Marie Antoinette

3. Walter Brennan, Kentucky

4. Gene Lockhart, Algiers

5. John Garfield, Four Daughters

1937 – 1. Ralph Bellamy, The Awful Truth *

2. Roland Young, Topper

3. H.B. Warner, Lost Horizon

4. Joseph Schildkraut, The Life of Emile Zola

5. Thomas Mitchell, The Hurricane

1936 – 1. Mischa Auer, My Man Godfrey

2. Walter Brennan, Come and Get It *

3. Basil Rathbone, Romeo and Juliet

4. Akim Tamiroff, The General Died at Dawn

5. Stuart Erwin, Pigskin Parade


Best Supporting Actress

2011 – 1. Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

2. Jessica Chastain, The Help *

3. Octavia Spencer, The Help

4. Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

5. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

2010 – 1. Melissa Leo, The Fighter *

2. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

3. Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

4. Amy Adams, The Fighter

5. Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

2009 – 1. Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

2. Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire *

3. Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

4.Penélope Cruz, Nine

5. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart

2008 – 1. Amy Adams, Doubt *

2. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

3. Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

4. Viola Davis, Doubt

5. Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2007 – 1. Saorise Ronan, Atonement *

2. Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There

3. Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

4. Ruby Dee, American Gangster

5. Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

2006 – 1. Adriana Barraza, Babel *

2. Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

3. Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

4. Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

5. Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal

2005 – 1. Amy Adams, Junebug *

2. Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

3. Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardner

4. Catherine Keener, Capote

5. Frances McDormand, North Country

2004 – 1. Cate Blanchett, The Aviator *

2. Natalie Portman, Closer

3. Laura Linney, Kinsey

4. Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

5. Virginia Madsen, Sideways

2003 – 1. Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog *

2. Renée Zellweger, Cold Mountain

3. Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April

4. Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River

5. Holly Hunter, Thirteen

2002 – 1. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago *

2. Julianne Moore, The Hours

3. Meryl Streep, Adaptation.

4. Kathy Bates, About Schmidt

5. Queen Latifah, Chicago

2001 – 1. Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind *

2. Marisa Tomei, In the Bedroom

3. Maggie Smith, Gosford Park

4. Helen Mirren, Gosford Park

5. Kate Winslet, Iris

2000 – 1. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous *

2. Frances McDormand, Almost Famous

3. Judi Dench, Chocolat

4. Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock

5. Julie Walters, Billy Elliot

1999 – 1. Samantha Morton, Sweet and Lowdown *

2. Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted

3. Chloë Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry

4. Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense

5. Catherine Keener, Being John Malkovich

1998 – 1. Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love *

2. Brenda Blethyn, Little Voice

3. Kathy Bates, Primary Colors

4. Lynn Redgrave, Gods and Monsters

5. Rachel Griffiths, Hilary and Jackie

1997 – 1. Joan Cusack, In & Out *

2. Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights

3. Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting

4. Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential

5. Gloria Stuart, Titanic

1996 – 1. Juliette Binoche, The English Patient *

2. Joan Allen, The Crucible

3. Barbara Hershey, The Portrait of a Lady

4. Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces

5. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets & Lies

1995 – 1. Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite *

2. Joan Allen, Nixon

3. Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility

4. Kathleen Quinlan, Apollo 13

5. Mare Winningham, Georgia

1994 – 1. Jennifer Tilly, Bullets Over Broadway *

2. Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction

3. Dianne Wiest, Bullets Over Broadway

4. Helen Mirren, The Madness of King George

5. Rosemary Harris, Tom & Viv

1993 – 1. Emma Thompson, In the Name of the Father

2. Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence *

3. Holly Hunter, The Firm

4. Anna Paquin, The Piano

5. Rosie Perez, Fearless

1992 – 1. Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny *

2. Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives

3. Vanessa Redgrave, Howards End

4. Joan Plowright, Enchanted April

5. Miranda Richardson, Damage

1991 – 1. Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King *

2. Juliette Lewis, Cape Fear

3. Diane Ladd, Rambling Rose

4. Jessica Tandy, Fried Green Tomatoes

5. Kate Nelligan, The Prince of Tides

1990 – 1. Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas *

2. Annette Bening, The Grifters

3. Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost

4. Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart

5. Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves

1989 – 1. Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot *

2. Dianne Wiest, Parenthood

3. Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias

4. Lena Olin, Enemies, A Love Story

5. Anjelica Huston, Enemies, A Love Story

1988 – 1. Frances McDormand, Mississippi Burning

2. Michelle Pfeiffer, Dangerous Liaisons *

3. Geena Davis, The Accidental Tourist

4. Sigourney Weaver, Working Girl

5. Joan Cusack, Working Girl

1987 – 1. Anne Ramsey, Throw Momma From the Train *

2. Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck

3. Anne Archer, Fatal Attraction

4. Norma Aleandro, Gaby: A True Story

5. Ann Sothern, The Whales of August

1986 – 1. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Color of Money *

2. Piper Laurie, Children of a Lesser God

4. Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters

3. Maggie Smith, A Room with a View

5. Tess Harper, Crimes of the Heart

1985 – 1. Meg Tilly, Agnes of God *

2. Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple

3. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

4. Amy Madigan, Twice in a Lifetime

5. Margaret Avery, The Color Purple

1984 – 1. Glenn Close, The Natural *

2. Geraldine Page, The Pope of Greenwich Village

3. Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India

4. Christine Lahti, Swing Shift

5. Lindsay Crouse, Places in the Heart

1983 – 1. Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously *

2. Glenn Close, The Big Chill

3. Amy Irving, Yentl

4. Alfre Woodard, Cross Creek

5. Cher, Silkwood

1982 – 1. Glenn Close, The World According to Garp *

2. Teri Garr, Tootsie

3. Jessica Lange, Tootsie

4. Lesley Ann Warren, Victor Victoria

5. Kim Stanley, Frances

1981 – 1. Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond *

2. Joan Hackett, Only When I Laugh

3. Elizabeth McGovern, Ragtime

4. Maureen Stapleton, Reds

5. Melinda Dillon, Absence of Malice

1980 – 1. Cathy Moriarty, Raging Bull *

2. Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin

2. Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard

4. Diana Scarwid, Inside Moves

5. Eva Le Gallienne, Resurrection

1979 – 1. Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer *

2. Jane Alexander, Kramer vs. Kramer

3. Barbara Barrie, Breaking Away

4. Candice Bergen, Starting Over

5. Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan

1978 – 1. Meryl Streep, The Deer Hunter

2. Maggie Smith, California Suite *

3. Dyan Cannon, Heaven Can Wait

4. Penelope Milford, Coming Home

5. Maureen Stapleton, Interiors

1977 – 1. Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl *

2. Vanessa Redgrave, Julia

3. Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr. Goodbar

4. Leslie Browne, The Turning Point

5. Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1976  1.Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver *

2. Beatrice Straight, Network

3. Jane Alexander, All the President’s Men

4. Piper Laurie, Carrie

5. Lee Grant, Voyage of the Damned

1975 – 1. Lee Grant, Shampoo *

2. Sylvia Miles, Farewell, My Lovely

3. Ronnee Blakley, Nashville

4. Lily Tomlin, Nashville

5. Brenda Vaccaro, Jacqueline Susan’s Once Is Not Enough

1974 – 1. Talia Shire, The Godfather Part II *

2. Madeline Kahn, Blazing Saddles

3. Diane Ladd, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

4. Ingrid Bergman, Murder on the Orient Express

5. Valentina Cortese, Day for Night

1973 – 1. Tatum O’Neal, Paper Moon *

2. Linda Blair, The Exorcist

3. Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon

4. Candy Clark, American Graffiti

5. Sylvia Sydney, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

1972 – 1. Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure

2. Jeannie Berlin, The Heartbreak Kid *

3. Eileen Heckart, Butterflies are Free

4. Geraldine Page, Pete ‘n’ Tillie

5. Susan Tyrell, Fat City

1971 – 1. Ann-Margret, Carnal Knowledge *

2. Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show

3. Barbara Harris, Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

4. Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show

5. Margaret Leighton, The Go-Between

1970 – 1. Helen Hayes, Airport *

2. Lee Grant, The Landlord

3. Sally Kellerman, MASH

4. Maureen Stapleton, Airport

5. Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces

1969 – 1. Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower *

2. Catherine Burns, Last Summer 

3. Dyan Cannon, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

4. Susannah York, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

5. Sylvia Miles, Midnight Cowboy

1968 – 1. Sondra Locke, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter *

2. Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby

3. Lynn Carlin, Faces

4. Estelle Parsons, Rachel, Rachel

5. Kay Medford, Funny Girl

1967 – 1. Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde *

2. Katharine Ross, The Graduate

3. Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie

4. Beah Richards, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

5. Mildred Natwick, Barefoot in the Park

1966 – 1. Sandy Dennis, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? *

2. Wendy Hiller, A Man for All Seasons

3. Jocelyne LaGarde, Hawaii

4. Vivien Merchant, Alfie

5. Geraldine Page, You’re a Big Boy Now

1965 – 1. Shelley Winters, A Patch of Blue *

2. Ruth Gordon, Inside Daisy Clover

3. Maggie Smith, Othello

4. Joyce Redman, Othello

5. Peggy Wood, The Sound of Music

1964 – 1. Agnes Moorehead, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte *

2. Gladys Cooper, My Fair Lady

3. Lila Kedrova, Zorba the Greek

4. Grayson Hall, The Night of the Iguana

5. Edith Evans, The Chalk Garden

1963 – 1. Margaret Rutherford, The V.I.P.s *

2. Joyce Redman, Tom Jones

3. Diane Cilento, Tom Jones

4. Edith Evans, Tom Jones

5. Lilia Skala, Lilies of the Field

1962 – 1. Mary Badham, To Kill a Mockingbird *

2. Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker

3. Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate

4. Thelma Ritter, Birdman of Alcatraz

5. Shirley Knight, Sweet Bird of Youth

1961  1. Rita Moreno, West Side Story

2. Judy Garland, Judgment at Nuremberg *

3. Fay Bainter, The Children’s Hour

4. Lotte Lenya, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

5. Una Merkel, Summer and Smoke

1960 – 1. Janet Leigh, Psycho *

2. Shirley Jones, Elmer Gantry

3. Glynis Johns, The Sundowners

4. Mary Ure, Sons and Lovers

5. Shirley Knight, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

1959 – 1. Susan Kohner, Imitation of Life *

2. Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life

3. Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank

4. Thelma Ritter, Pillow Talk

5. Hermione Baddeley, Room at the Top

1958 – 1. Cara Williams, The Defiant Ones

2. Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables *

3. Peggy Cass, Auntie Mame

4. Martha Hyer, Some Came Running

5. Maureen Stapleton, Lonelyhearts

1957 – 1. Hope Lange, Peyton Place *

2. Elsa Lanchester, Witness for Prosecution

3. Diane Varsi, Peyton Place

4. Carolyn Jones, The Bachelor Party

5. Miyoshi Umeki, Sayonara

1956 – 1. Dorothy Malone, Written on the Wind *

2. Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed

3. Mildred Dunnock, Baby Doll

4. Eileen Heckart, The Bad Seed

5. Mercedes McCambridge, Giant

1955 – 1. Betsy Blair, Marty *

2. Natalie Wood, Rebel Without a Cause

3. Jo Van Fleet, East of Eden

4. Marisa Pavan, The Rose Tattoo

5. Peggy Lee, Pete Kelly’s Blues

1954 – 1. Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront *

2. Katy Jurado, Broken Lance

3. Nina Foch, Executive Suite

4. Jan Sterling, The High and the Mighty

5. Claire Trevor, The High and the Mighty

1953 – 1. Grace Kelly, Mogambo

2. Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity *

3. Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street

4. Geraldine Page, Hondo

5. Marjorie Rambeau, Torch Song

1952 – 1. Jean Hagen, Singin’ in the Rain *

2. Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful

3. Collette Marchand, Moulin Rouge

4. Terry Moore, Come Back, Little Sheba

5. Thelma Ritter, With a Song in My Heart

1951 – 1. Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire *

2. Lee Grant, Detective Story

3. Thelma Ritter, The Mating Season

4. Mildred Dunnock, Death of a Salesman

5. Joan Blondell, The Blue Veil

1950 – 1. Josephine Hull, Harvey *

2. Celeste Holm, All About Eve

3. Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard

4. Hope Emerson, Caged

5. Thelma Ritter, All About Eve

1949 – 1. Mercedes McCambridge, All the King’s Men *

2. Ethel Waters, Pinky

3. Ethel Barrymore, Pinky

4. Celeste Holm, Come to the Stable

5. Elsa Lanchester, Come to the Stable

1948 – 1. Agnes Moorehead, Johnny Belinda *

2. Barbara Bel Geddes, I Remember Mama

3. Ellen Corby, I Remember Mama

4. Claire Trevor, Key Largo

5. Jean Simmons, Hamlet

1947 – 1. Celeste Holm, Gentleman’s Agreement *

2. Gloria Grahame, Crossfire

3. Anne Revere, Gentleman’s Agreement

4. Ethel Barrymore, The Paradine Case

5. Marjorie Mann, The Egg and I

1946 – 1. Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge *

2. Lillian Gish, Duel in the Sun

3. Gale Sondergaard, Anna and the King of Siam

4. Ethel Barrymore, The Spiral Staircase

5. Flora Robson, Saratoga Trunk

1945 – 1. Anne Revere, National Velvet *

2. Ann Blyth, Mildred Pierce

3. Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce

4. Joan Lorring, The Corn is Green

5. Angela Lansbury, The Picture of Dorian Gray

1944 – 1. Jennifer Jones, Since You Went Away

2. Agnes Moorhead, Mrs. Parkington *

3. Angela Lansbury, Gaslight

4. Aline MacMahon, Dragon Seed

5. Ethel Barrymore, None But the Lonely Heart

1943 – 1. Paulette Goddard, So Proudly We Hail *

2. Katina Paxinou, For Whom the Bell Tolls

3. Anne Revere, The Song of Bernadette

4. Gladys Cooper, The Song of Bernadette

5. Lucile Watson, Watch on the Rhine

1942 – 1. Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver

2. Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons *

3. Gladys Cooper, Now, Voyager

4. Dame Mae Whitty, Mrs. Miniver

5. Susan Peters, Random Harvest

1941 – 1. Margaret Wycherly, Sergeant York

2. Sara Allgood, How Green Was My Valley

3. Mary Astor, The Great Lie *

4. Teresa Wright, The Little Foxes

5. Patricia Collinge, The Little Foxes

1940 – 1. Jane Darwell, The Grapes of Wrath

1. Judith Anderson, Rebecca *

3. Ruth Hussey, The Philadelphia Story

4. Barbara O’Neil, All This and Heaven Too

5. Marjorie Rambeau, Primrose Path

1939 – 1. Olivia de Havilland, Gone With the Wind

2. Hattie McDaniel, Gone With the Wind *

3. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wuthering Heights

4. Edna May Oliver, Drums Along the Mohawk

5. Maria Ouspenskaya, Love Affair

1938 – 1. Spring Byington, You Can’t Take It with You

2. Beulah Bondi, Of Human Hearts *

3. Fay Bainter, Jezebel

4. Billie Burke, Merrily We Live

5. Miliza Korjus, The Great Waltz

1937 – 1. Andrea Leeds, Stage Door *

2. Anne Shirley, Stella Dallas

3. Alice Brady, In Old Chicago

4. Dame Mae Whitty, Night Must Full

5. Claire Trevor, Dead End

1936 – 1. Alice Brady, My Man Godfrey *

2. Beulah Bondi, The Gorgeous Hussy

3. Bonita Granville, These Three

4. Gale Sondergaard, Anthony Adverse

5. Maria Ouspenskaya, Dodsworth


Best Director

2011  1. Martin Scorsese, Hugo *

2. Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

3. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

4. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

5. Alexander Payne, The Descendants

2010 – 1. Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit

2. David Fincher, The Social Network *

3. Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

4. David O. Russell, The Fighter

5. Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

2009 – 1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds *

2. James Cameron, Avatar

3. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

4. Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

5. Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

2008 – 1. Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire *

2. David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

3. Gus Van Sant, Milk

4. Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

5. Stephen Daldry, The Reader

2007 – 1. Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood *

2. Joel & Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

3. Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

4. Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton

5. Jason Reitman, Juno

2006 – 1. Martin Scorsese, The Departed *

2. Clint Eastwood, Letters from Iwo Jima

3. Alexander Gonzalez Iñárritu, Babel

4. Paul Greengrass, United 93

5. Stephen Frears, The Queen

2005 – 1. Steven Spielberg, Munich

2. George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck

3. Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain *

4. Paul Haggis, Crash

5. Bennett Miller, Capote

2004 – 1. Martin Scorsese, The Aviator *

2. Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

3. Taylor Hackford, Ray

4. Marc Forster, Finding Neverland

5. Alexander Payne, Sideways

2003 – 1. Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King *

2. Peter Weir, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

3. Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

4. Fernando Meirelles, City of God

5. Clint Eastwood, Mystic River

2002 – 1. Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York *

2. Rob Marshall, Chicago

3. Roman Polanski, The Pianist

4. Pedro Almodóvar, Talk to Her

5. Stephen Daldry, The Hours

2001 – 1. Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring *

2. David Lynch, Mulholland Drive

3. Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down

4. Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind

5. Robert Altman, Gosford Park

2000 – 1. Ridley Scott, Gladiator *

2. Steven Soderbergh, Traffic

3. Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

4. Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich

5. Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot

1999 – 1. Sam Mendes, American Beauty *

2. Michael Mann, The Insider

3. Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich

4. M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense

5. Lasse Hallström, The Cider House Rules

1998 – 1. Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan *

2. Terrence Malick, The Thin Red Line

3. John Madden, Shakespeare in Love

4. Peter Weir, The Truman Show

5. Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful

1997 – 1. Gus Hanson, L.A. Confidential

2. James Cameron, Titanic *

3. Gus Van Sant, Good Will Hunting

4. Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter

5. Peter Cattaneo, The Full Monty

1996 – 1. Joel & Ethan Coen, Fargo *

2. Anthony Minghella, The English Patient

3. Miloš Forman, The People vs. Larry Flynt

4. Scott Hicks, Shine

5. Mike Leigh, Secrets and Lies

1995 – 1. Mel Gibson, Braveheart *

2. Chris Noonan, Babe

3. Mike Figgis, Leaving Las Vegas

4. Michael Radford, Il Postino

5. Tim Robbins, Dead Man Walking

1994 – 1. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction *

2. Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump

3. Robert Redford, Quiz Show

4. Krystof Kieślowski, Three Colors: Red

5. Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway

1993 – 1. Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List *

2. Jim Sheridan, In the Name of the Father

3. Jane Campion, The Piano

4. James Ivory, The Remains of the Day

5. Robert Altman, Short Cuts

1992 – 1. Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven *

2. Martin Brest, Scent of a Woman

3. Robert Altman, The Player

4. James Ivory, Howards End

5. Neil Jordan, The Crying Game

This order.

1991 – 1. Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs *

2. Oliver Stone, JFK

3. John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood

4. Barry Levinson, Bugsy

5. Ridley Scott, Thelma and Louise

Always this order.

1990 – 1. Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas *

2.Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Part III

3. Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves

4. Stephen Frears, The Grifters

5. Barbet Schroeder, Reversal of Fortune

This order. Maybe Frears fifth.

1989 – 1. Jim Sheridan, My Left Foot *

2. Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July

3. Kenneth Branagh, Henry V

4. Peter Weir, Dead Poet’s Society

5. Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors

Honestly, I want nothing to do with this category. No change.

1988 – 1. Martin Scorsese, The Last Temptation of Christ *

2. Alan Parker, Mississippi Burning

3. Barry Levinson, Rain Man

4. Charles Crichton, A Fish Called Wanda

5. Mike Nichols, Working Girl


1987 – 1. John Boorman, Hope and Glory *

2. Bernardo Bertolucci, The Last Emperor

3. Adrian Lyne, Fatal Attraction

4. Lasse Hallström, My Life as a Dog

5. Norman Jewison, Moonstruck

Bertolucci should be the vote, but fuck it, I like it.

1986 – 1. Oliver Stone, Platoon *

2. David Lynch, Blue Velvet

3. Roland Joffé, The Mission

4. James Ivory, A Room with a View

5. Woody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters

Always this order.

1985 – 1. Akira Kurosawa, Ran *

2. Sydney Pollack, Out of Africa

3. Héctor Babenco, Kiss of the Spider Woman

4. Peter Weir, Witness

5. John Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

Uhh… let’s leave it.

1984 – 1. Miloš Forman, Amadeus *

2. Roland Joffé, The Killing Fields

3. Robert Benton, Places in the Heart

4. David Lean, A Passage to India

5. Woody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose

No changes.

1983 – James L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment *

2. Mike Nichols, Silkwood

3. Ingmar Bergman, Fanny and Alexander

4. Peter Yates, The Dresser

5. Bruce Beresford, Tender Mercies

Jesus. This category. Just leaving it.

1982 – 1. Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot *

2. Richard Attenborough, Gandhi

3. Sidney Lumet, The Verdict

4. Steven Spielberg, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

5. Sydney Pollack, Tootsie

Uhh… no changes.

1981 – 1. Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark *

2. Warren Beatty, Reds

3. Mark Rydell, On Golden Pond

4. Louis Malle, Atlantic City

5. Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire

No changes.

1980 – 1. Martin Scorsese, Raging Bull *

2. David Lynch, The Elephant Man

3. Richard Rush, The Stunt Man

4. Robert Redford, Ordinary People

5. Roman Polanski, Tess

Always this order.

1979 – 1. Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now *

2. Bob Fosse, All That Jazz

3. Robert Benton, Kramer vs. Kramer

4. Peter Yates, Breaking Away

5. Édouard Molinaro, La Cage aux Folles

This order. Yates is third on effort.

1978 – 1. Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter *

2. Alan Parker, Midnight Express

3. Warren Beatty & Buck Henry, Heaven Can Wait

4. Hal Ashby, Coming Home

5. Woody Allen, Interiors

Always this order.

1977 – 1. George Lucas, Star Wars *

2. Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

3. Woody Allen, Annie Hall

4. Fred Zinnemann, Julia

5. Herbert Ross, The Turning Point

This order.

1976 – 1. John G. Avildsen, Rocky

2. Alan J. Pakula, All the President’s Men

3. Sidney Lumet, Network *

4. Lina Wertmüller, Seven Beauties

5. Ingmar Bergman, Face to Face

Tough call. Just gonna leave it.

1975 – 1. Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon *

2. Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon

3. Miloš Forman, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

4. Robert Altman, Nashville

5. Federico Fellini, Amarcord

No changes.

1974 – 1. Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Part II *

2. Roman Polanski, Chinatown

3. Bob Fosse, Lenny

4. John Cassavetes, A Woman Under the Influence

5. François Truffaut, Day for Night

Always this order.

1973 – 1. George Roy Hill, The Sting *

2. William Friedkin, The Exorcist

3. George Lucas, American Graffiti

4. Bernardo Bertolucci, Last Tango in Paris

5. Ingmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers

This order.

1972 – 1. Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather *

2. John Boorman, Deliverance

3. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Sleuth

4. Bob Fosse, Cabaret

5. Jan Troell, The Emigrants

Fosse is higher on effort, but whatever. It’s still Coppola. Leaving it.

1971 – 1. William Friedkin, The French Connection *

2. Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange

3. Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show

4. Norman Jewison, Fiddler on the Roof

5. John Schlesinger, Sunday Bloody Sunday

Like this order.

1970 – 1. Arthur Hiller, Love Story

2. Franklin J. Schaffner, Patton *

3. Robert Altman, MASH

4. Federico Fellini, Satyricon

5. Ken Russell, Women in Love

Schaffner should be 1, but a favorite is a favorite.

1969 – 1. George Roy Hill, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid *

2. John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy

3. Sydney Pollack, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

4. Arthur Penn, Alice’s Restaurant

5. Costa Gavras, Z

Always this order for me. (Gavras is fourth on effort.)

1968 – 1. Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey *

2. Carol Reed, Oliver!

3. Franco Zeffirelli, Romeo and Juliet

4. Anthony Harvey, The Lion in Winter

5. Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers

This order. On effort, Pontecorvo is higher, but he doesn’t broach top two on a vote, so it’s irrelevant.

1967 – 1. Mike Nichols, The Graduate *

2. Arthur Penn, Bonnie and Clyde

3. Stanley Kramer, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

4. Richard Brooks, In Cold Blood

5. Norman Jewison, In the Heat of the Night

This order. Brooks is third on effort, but I’m leaving it.

1966 – 1. Mike Nichols, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? *

2. Michelanelo Antonioni, Blowup

3. Fred Zinnemann, A Man for All Seasons

4. Richard Brooks, The Professionals

5. Claude Lelouch, A Man and a Woman


1965 – 1. John Schlesinger, Darling *

2. Robert Wise, The Sound of Music

3. David Lean, Doctor Zhivago

4. Hiroshi Teshigahara, Woman in the Dunes

5. William Wyler, The Collector

I like it. Put Wyler fifth, because I just had him fourth due to my like of the film. Lean should be second, but whatever. It’s a weird category. I’ll leave it.

1964 – 1. Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb *

2. George Cukor, My Fair Lady

3. Robert Stevenson, Mary Poppins

4. Michael Cacoyannis, Zorba the Greek

5. Peter Glenville, Becket

This order.

1963 – 1. Federico Fellini,  *

2. Elia Kazan, America, America

3. Otto Preminger, The Cardinal

4. Tony Richardson, Tom Jones

5. Martin Ritt, Hud

Always this order.

1962 – 1. David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia *

2. Robert Mulligan, To Kill a Mockingbird

3. Arthur Penn, The Miracle Worker

4. Frank Perry, David and Lisa

5. Pietro Germi, Divorce, Italian Style

This order. Always this order.

1961 – 1. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, West Side Story *

2. Federico Fellini, La Dolce Vita

3. Robert Rossen, The Hustler

4. Stanley Kramer, Judgment at Nuremberg

5. J. Lee Thompson, The Guns of Navarone

Wise and Robbins are the vote. I’m even putting them at #1, because they had the best effort.

1960 – 1. Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho *

2. Billy Wilder, The Apartment

3. Fred Zinnemann, The Sundowners

4. Jack Cardiff, Sons and Lovers

5. Jules Dassin, Never on Sunday

Always these rankings.

1959 – 1. William Wyler, Ben-Hur *

2. Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot

3. George Stevens, The Diary of Anne Frank

4. Fred Zinnemann, The Nun’s Story

5. Jack Clayton, Room at the Top

No changes. How can there be?

1958 – 1. Vincente Minnelli, Gigi *

2. Stanley Kramer, The Defiant Ones

3. Richard Brooks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4. Mark Robson, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

5. Robert Wise, I Want to Live!

Minnelli had earned it by this point, and his direction is fantastic. Otherwise, I like the rankings.

1957 – 1. David Lean, The Bridge on the River Kwai *

2. Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men

3. Billy Wilder, Witness for the Prosecution

4. Mark Robson, Peyton Place

5. Joshua Logan, Sayonara

Lean all the way. Lumet is a close second, though.

1956 – 1. George Stevens, Giant *

2. King Vidor, War and Peace

3. Michael Anderson, Around the World in 80 Days

4. Walter Long, The King and I

5. William Wyler, Friendly Persuasion

Stevens is the vote, and I like my rankings.

1955 – 1. Delbert Mann, Marty

2. Elia Kazan, East of Eden

3. John Sturges, Bad Day at Black Rock *

4. David Lean, Summertime

5. Joshua Logan, Picnic

Sure. This order. Maybe Kazan is the vote, but let’s keep the Sturges love.

1954 – 1. Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window *

2. Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront

3. George Seaton, The Country Girl

4. Billy Wilder, Sabrina

5. William A. Wellman, The High and the Mighty

Hitchcock is #1. And honestly — he’s the vote, too. So I’m changing it. Otherwise, no changes.

1953 – 1. William Wyler, Roman Holiday

2. Charles Walters, Lili

3. Billy Wilder, Stalag 17

4. Fred Zinnemann, From Here to Eternity *

5. George Stevens, Shane

Moved Stevens from third to fourth. Not sure why I had him third.

1952 – 1. Fred Zinnemann, High Noon *

2. John Ford, The Quiet Man

3. Cecil B. DeMille, The Greatest Show on Earth

4. John Huston, Moulin Rouge

5. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 5 Fingers

This order. Leaving DeMille third because of who he is (and that Huston won already).

1951 – 1. John Huston, The African Queen *

2. Elia Kazan, A Streetcar Named Desire

3. Vincente Minnelli, An American in Paris

4. George Stevens, A Place in the Sun

5. William Wyler, Detective Story

Put Stevens fourth. Hard to rank this one. Gonna leave my rankings.

1950 – 1. Carol Reed, The Third Man *

2. Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

3. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All About Eve

4. John Huston, The Asphalt Jungle

5. George Cukor, Born Yesterday

Always this order.

1949 – 1. William A. Wellman, Battleground *

2. Carol Reed, The Fallen Idol

3. Robert Rossen, All the King’s Men

4. William Wyler, The Heiress

5. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, A Letter to Three Wives

Swapped Reed and Rossen. That needed to happen.

1948 – 1. John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre *

2. Jean Negulesco, Johnny Belinda

3. Anatole Litvak, The Snake Pit

4. Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

5. Fred Zinnemann, The Search

This order. Maybe Olivier third, but whatever.

1947 – 1. David Lean, Great Expectations

2. Elia Kazan, Gentleman’s Agreement *

3. Edward Dmytryk, Crossfire

4. George Cukor, A Double Life

5. Henry Koster, The Bishop’s Wife

This order.

1946 – 1. David Lean, Brief Encounter *

2. Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life

3. William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives

4. Clarence Brown, The Yearling

5. Robert Siodmak, The Killers

Strong category. Leaving the rankings. I like it.

1945 – 1. Clarence Brown, National Velvet

2. Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend *

3. Leo McCarey, The Bells of St. Mary’s

4. Alfred Hitchcock, Spellbound

5. Jean Renoir, The Southerner

This order. I love National Velvet. That’s always my #1, but Wilder is the vote. Otherwise, no changes.

1944 – 1. Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity *

2. Alfred Hitchcock, Lifeboat

3. Leo McCarey, Going My Way

4. Otto Preminger, Laura

5. Henry King, Wilson

This order, and maybe even Hitchcock at 1. I need to see Double Indemnity again.

1943 – 1. Michael Curtiz, Casablanca *

2. George Stevens, The More the Merrier

3. Ernst Lubitsch, Heaven Can Wait

4. Henry King, The Song of Bernadette

5. Clarence Brown, The Human Comedy

These rankings. Lubitsch is 2 on effort, and King is 3, but I love More the Merrier and Curtiz wins anyway. Usually I don’t mind leaving a “subpar” effort (quotations being a relative term) ranked higher if it’s clear that it’s there because I love the film, especially when there’s a clear winner.

1942 – 1. William Wyler, Mrs. Miniver *

2. Michael Curtiz, Yankee Doodle Dandy

3. John Farrow, Wake Island

4. Mervyn LeRoy, Random Harvest

5. Sam Wood, Kings Row

On pure effort, Farrow goes #2, maybe even 1, but I’m leaving it.

1941 – 1. Orson Welles, Citizen Kane *

2. John Ford, How Green Was My Valley

3. Howard Hawks, Sergeant York

4. Alexander Hall, Here Comes Mr. Jordan

5. William Wyler, The Little Foxes

This order.

1940 – 1. John Ford, The Grapes of Wrath *

2. Alfred Hitchcock, Rebecca

3. Sam Wood, Kitty Foyle

4. George Cukor, The Philadelphia Story

5. William Wyler, The Letter

Yes. Ford, Hitchcock, then the rest don’t matter. No changes.

1939 – 1. Victor Fleming, Gone With the Wind *

2. Frank Capra, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

3. John Ford, Stagecoach

4. William Wyler, Wuthering Heights

5. Sam Wood, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Yes. My rankings on this category will never change. (Though on effort alone, Ford is a #2. But my rankings are about more than effort. And we still have Fleming no matter what, so anything after him is irrelevant.)

1938 – 1. Frank Capra, You Can’t Take It With You

2. Michael Curtiz, Angels with Dirty Faces *

3. King Vidor, The Citadel

4. Norman Taurog, Boys Town

5. Michael Curtiz, Four Daughters

Terrible, terrible category. Curtiz should be on here for Adventures of Robin Hood. (Let’s not even get into Renoir…) No changes in my opinion. I’ll keep Capra at 1 because I like that film most. No effort is particularly outstanding.

1937 – 1. William A. Wellman, A Star Is Born

2. Leo McCarey, The Awful Truth *

3. Sidney Franklin, The Good Earth

4. Gregory La Cava, Stage Door

5. William Dieterle, The Life of Emile Zola

In terms of pure effort, Wellman is my #1, and McCarey wins based on Awful Truth and Make Way for Tomorrow. So no changes.

1936 – 1. W. S. Van Dyke, San Francisco *

2. Robert Z. Leonard, The Great Ziegfeld

3. William Wyler, Dodsworth

4. Frank Capra, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

5. Gregory La Cava, My Man Godfrey

Yeah. Leonard and Van Dyke are close for 1 and 2, and I swapped Capra and Wyler, but otherwise, I like these rankings.

1935 – 1. John Ford, The Informer *

2. Frank Lloyd, Mutiny on the Bounty

3. Michael Curtiz, Captain Blood (write-in)

4. Henry Hathaway, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

Swapped Lloyd and Curtiz. I liked Mutiny on the Bounty more, and only ranked Curtiz higher because Lloyd had won twice and Curtiz had a bunch of great efforts that didn’t net any awards. So really that’s a correction on an already-existing opinion.

1934 – 1. W. S. Van Dyke, The Thin Man *

2. Frank Capra, It Happened One Night

3. Victor Schertzinger, One Night of Love

No changes.

1932- 1933 – 1. Frank Lloyd, Cavalcade *

2. George Cukor, Little Women

3. Frank Capra, Lady for a Day

No changes.

1931-1932 – 1. Frank Borzage, Bad Girl *

2. Josef von Sternberg, Shanghai Express

3. King Vidor, The Champ

No changes.

1930-1931 – 1. Norman Taurog, Skippy *

2. Wesley Ruggles Cimarron

3. Josef von Sternberg, Morocco

4. Lewis Milestone, The Front Page

5. Clarence Brown, A Free Soul

I swapped Milestone and von Sternberg. I enjoy The Front Page more, but Morocco is the better directorial effort. So let’s reflect that in the rankings. Otherwise, no changes.

1929-1930 – 1. Lewis Milestone, All Quiet on the Western Front *

2. Ernst Lubitsch, The Love Parade

3. King Vidor, Hallelujah

4. Clarence Brown, Anna Christie & Romance

5. Robert Z. Leonard, The Divorcée

#1 is such a #1 that the rest don’t even matter. Leaving it the same.

1928-1929 – 1. Frank Lloyd, Weary River *

2. Frank Lloyd, The Divine Lady

3. Harry Beaumont, The Broadway Melody

4. Irving Cummings, In Old Arizona

5. Lionel Barrymore, Madame X

6. Frank Lloyd, Drag

7. Ernst Lubitsch, The Patriot (LOST) *

No change. Still haven’t seen Drag. Otherwise — yeah. Same.

1927-1928, Comedy  1. Lewis Milestone, Two Arabian Nights *

2. Ted Wilde, Speedy

1927-1928, Dramatic  1. Frank Borzage, Seventh Heaven *

2. King Vidor, The Crowd

3. Herbert Brenon, Sorrell and Son

Leaving it the same. Still haven’t seen Sorrell and Son. Though I wouldn’t be so upset if Vidor had won in Dramatic.

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