Listmania: Ranking Recent Best Picture Oscar Nominees

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Friday night at work I was listening to the InSession Podcast (Episode 209; Bonus “And the Winner Is… Vol. 3”) and JD and Brendan were talking with Matt Neglia about the Academy Awards and their preferences of the Best Picture nominees from this year’s to 2008’s. It made me think about how I would rank them per year and what score I would give them (based on my subjective “how much I like them” scores). I ranked each lineup going back to 2010, and then I rank here my top 10. I would love to see you do the same in the comments section.

2016

1. La La Land – A
2. Hacksaw Ridge – A
3. Arrival – A
4. Hell or High Water – A
5. Fences – A
6. Moonlight – A
7. Manchester by the Sea – D
Hidden Figures – N/A
Lion – N/A

2015

1. The Revenant – A
2. The Martian – A
3. Mad Max: Fury Road – A
4. The Big Short – A
5. Spotlight – A
6. Bridge of Spies – B
7. Room – B
8. Brooklyn – C

2014

1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – A
2. Whiplash – A
3. Boyhood – A
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – A
5. Selma – A
6. American Sniper – A
7. The Imitation Game – B
8. The Theory of Everything – C

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2013

1. The Wolf of Wall Street – A
2. Gravity – A
3. American Hustle – A
4. Captain Phillips – A
5. 12 Years a Slave – A
6. Her – A
7. Nebraska – B
8. Dallas Buyers Club – C
Philomena – N/A

2012

1. Django Unchained – A
2. Zero Dark Thirty – A
3. Life of Pi – A
4. Argo – A
5. Silver Linings Playbook – A
6. Lincoln – B
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild – C
8. Les Misérables – D
Amour – N/A

2011

1. The Descendants – A
2. Hugo – A
3. Midnight in Paris – A
4. The Artist – B
5. Moneyball – B
6. The Help – B
7. War Horse – B
8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – C
9. The Tree of Life – D

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2010

1. The Social Network – A
2. Inception – A
3. True Grit – A
4. Black Swan – A
5. Toy Story 3 – A
6. 127 Hours – A
7. The Fighter – A
8. The Kids Are All Right – B
9. The King’s Speech – C
10. Winter’s Bone – D

My top 10 Overall of the Best Picture nominees:

1. The Social Network – A
2. The Wolf of Wall Street – A
3. Gravity – A
4. La La Land – A
5. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – A
6. The Revenant – A
7. Whiplash – A
8. Django Unchained – A
9. Zero Dark Thirty – A
10. Life of Pi – A

Of the 62 Best Picture nominees of the 2010s here are how my scores break down:

A – 38
B – 10
C – 6
D – 4
Haven’t seen (N/A) – 4

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3 responses to “Listmania: Ranking Recent Best Picture Oscar Nominees

  1. Okay, I had a go at this. Ranked, but not graded.

    2016

    1. Moonlight
    2. Hell or High Water
    3. Arrival
    4. Manchester by the Sea
    5. Hidden Figures
    6. La La Land
    7. Lion
    8. Fences
    9. Hacksaw Ridge

    2015

    1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    2. Brooklyn
    3. Spotlight
    4. Room
    5. The Big Short
    6. The Martian
    7. Bridge of Spies
    8. The Revenant

    2014

    1. Boyhood
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Selma
    4. Whiplash
    5. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    6. The Imitation Game
    7. The Theory of Everything
    8. American Sniper

    2013

    1. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Gravity
    3. Her
    4. The Wolf of Wall Street
    5. Philomena
    6. Nebraska
    7. Captain Phillips
    8. Dallas Buyers Club
    9. American Hustle

    2012

    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Amour
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. Life of Pi
    5. Silver Linings Playbook
    6. Argo
    7. Lincoln
    8. Django Unchained
    9. Les Misérables

    2011

    1. The Descendants
    2. Moneyball
    3. The Artist
    4. Midnight in Paris
    5. The Help
    6. Hugo
    7. The Tree of Life
    8. War Horse
    9. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    2010

    1. Inception
    2. The Social Network
    3. Black Swan
    4. Toy Story 3
    5. Winter’s Bone
    6. The King’s Speech
    7. True Grit
    8. 127 Hours
    9. The Fighter
    10. The Kids Are All Right

    And the 11 best which I’ll not rank:

    Inception
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Zero Dark Thirty
    12 Years a Slave
    Gravity
    The Descendants
    Moneyball
    The Social Network
    Boyhood
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Black Swan

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