Still the best animated film of this or any other decade.

Still the best animated film of this or any other decade.

2000  –  2009

Total Films I’ve Seen:  1296

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  48

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  No Country for Old Men

Film of the Decade:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Worst Film of the Decade:  Captivity

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  The Blind Side

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  What Planet Are You From

The Non-Nighthawk Awards:

Top 10 Films of the 2000’s  (Top 1000):

  1. In the Mood for Love  –  #197
  2. Mulholland Dr.  –  #276
  3. Yi yi  –  #302
  4. Spirited Away  –  #428
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  –  #506
  6. The Lives of Others  –  #585
  7. City of God  –  #591
  8. There Will Be Blood  –  #599
  9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  –  #637
  10. Talk to Her  –  #646

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Awards Points):

  1. The Hurt Locker  –  3101
  2. Slumdog Millionaire  –  2847
  3. Sideways  –  2771
  4. Brokeback Mountain  – 2697
  5. No Country for Old Men  –  2693
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  2585
  7. The Aviator  –  2185
  8. The Departed  –  2112
  9. The Queen  –  2046
  10. Chicago  –  2016

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Academy Awards Points):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  560
  2. Chicago  –  535
  3. Slumdog Millionaire  –  510
  4. Gladiator  –  490
  5. The Hurt Locker  –  485
  6. The Aviator  –  450
  7. A Beautiful Mind  –  425
  8. Million Dollar Baby  –  420
  9. No Country for Old Men  –  420
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  –  415

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Golden Globes Points):

  1. Chicago  –  420
  2. A Beautiful Mind  –  380
  3. Brokeback Mountain  –  380
  4. The Hours  –  345
  5. Sideways  –  345
  6. The Aviator  –  335
  7. Atonement  –  335
  8. Lost in Translation  –  330
  9. Slumdog Millionaire  –  320
  10. Moulin Rouge  –  310

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Critics Points):

  1. Sideways  –  1541
  2. The Hurt Locker  –  1289
  3. Far From Heaven  –  1063
  4. No Country for Old Men  –  915
  5. Brokeback Mountain  –  831
  6. The Queen  –  799
  7. There Will Be Blood  –  762
  8. The Departed  –  756
  9. Mulholland Dr.  –  748
  10. Traffic  –  682

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Guild Points):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  825
  2. Chicago  –  725
  3. The Aviator  –  720
  4. Avatar  –  700
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  685
  6. Slumdog Millionaire  –  670
  7. No Country for Old Men  –  635
  8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  –  595
  9. The Dark Knight  –  575
  10. The Hurt Locker  –  550

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (BAFTA Points):

  1. Slumdog Millionaire  –  595
  2. Gladiator  –  510
  3. The Aviator  –  500
  4. Atonement  –  495
  5. Billy Elliot  –  490
  6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  –  485
  7. Brokeback Mountain  –  480
  8. The Hurt Locker  –  465
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  460
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  –  455

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Domestic Box Office Gross):

  1. Avatar  –  $760.50 mil
  2. The Dark Knight  –  $533.34 mil
  3. Shrek 2  –  $441.22 mil
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  –  $423.31 mil
  5. Spider-Man  –  $403.70 mil
  6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen  –  $402.11 mil
  7. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith  –  $380.27 mil
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  $377.02 mil
  9. Spider-Man 2  –  $373.58 mil
  10. The Passion of the Christ  –  $370.78 mil

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Worldwide Box Office Gross):

  1. Avatar  –  $2021.8 mil
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  $1119.9 mil
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  –  $1066.2 mil
  4. The Dark Knight  –  $1004.6 mil
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone  –  $974.8 mil
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End  –  $963.4 mil
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  –  $939.9 mil
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  –  $934.4 mil
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  $926.0 mil
  10. Shrek 2  –  $919.8 mil

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Top 1000 – through 1999):

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Vertigo
  3. Rules of the Game
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. The Godfather
  6. 8 1/2
  7. The Seven Samurai
  8. The Searchers
  9. Singin in the Rain
  10. The Battleship Potemkin

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Awards Points  –  through 2009):

  1. Schindler’s List  –  3101
  2. The Hurt Locker  –  3077
  3. L.A. Confidential  –  2977
  4. Slumdog Millionaire  –  2847
  5. Sideways  –  2771
  6. American Beauty  –  2745
  7. Brokeback Mountain  –  2697
  8. No Country for Old Men  –  2693
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  2585
  10. The Silence of the Lambs  –  2470

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Academy Awards Points – through 2009)

  1. From Here to Eternity  –  675
  2. Gone With the Wind  –  670
  3. Ben-Hur  –  660
  4. On the Waterfront  –  655
  5. All About Eve  –  625
  6. Titanic  –  625
  7. The English Patient  –  610
  8. West Side Story  –  610
  9. Mrs. Miniver  –  610
  10. Dances with Wolves  –  590

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Golden Globes Points through 2009):

  1. Love Story  –  455
  2. The Godfather  –  455
  3. Anne of the Thousand Days  –  430
  4. Chinatown  –  430
  5. Ordinary People  –  425
  6. Chicago  –  420
  7. Kramer vs. Kramer  –  415
  8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  –  410
  9. Amadeus  –  405
  10. Prizzi’s Honor  –  400

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Critics Points through 2009):

  1. Sideways  –  1541
  2. L.A. Confidential  –  1525
  3. GoodFellas  –  1415
  4. Pulp Fiction  –  1301
  5. The Hurt Locker  –  1289
  6. Schindler’s List  –  1268
  7. The Silence of the Lambs  –  1187
  8. Far from Heaven  –  1063
  9. Terms of Endearment  –  1057
  10. The Piano  –  1033

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Guild Points through 2009):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  825
  2. American Beauty  –  775
  3. Chicago  –  725
  4. The Aviator  –  720
  5. Avatar  –  700
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  685
  7. Titanic  –  675
  8. Slumdog Millionaire  –  670
  9. No Country for Old Men  –  635
  10. The English Patient  –  600

note:  The addition of the Visual Effects Society in 2002 and their numerous awards really made the guild awards records swing towards big special-effects films.

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (BAFTA Points through 2009):

  1. American Beauty  –  615
  2. Schindler’s List  –  610
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  –  600
  4. Slumdog Millionaire  –  595
  5. Gandhi  –  590
  6. A Room with a View  –  570
  7. The English Patient  –  570
  8. The Killing Fields  –  565
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  –  550
  10. Elizabeth  –  545

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Domestic Box Office Gross through 2009):

  1. Titanic  –  $600.78 mil
  2. The Dark Knight  –  $533.34 mil
  3. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  $460.99 mil
  4. Shrek 2  –  $441.22 mil
  5. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  –  $435.11 mil
  6. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  –  $431.08 mil
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  –  $423.31 mil
  8. Spider-Man  –  $403.70 mil
  9. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen  –  $402.11 mil
  10. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith  –  $380.27 mil

note:  So why no Avatar here when it was the #1 film of 2009?  Because this list ends on December 31, 2009, at which point Avatar had only been in theaters for two weeks.

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Worldwide Box Office Gross through 2009):

  1. Titanic  –  $1843.2 mil
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  $1119.9 mil
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  –  $1066.2 mil
  4. The Dark Knight  –  $1004.6 mil
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone  –  $974.8 mil
  6. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  –  $971.2 mil
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End  –  $963.4 mil
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  –  $939.9 mil
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  –  $934.4 mil
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  $926.0 mil

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Adjusted Domestic Box Office Gross – adjusted to 2009 totals)

  1. Gone With the Wind  –  $1515.33 mil
  2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  $1335.89 mil
  3. The Sound of Music  –  $1068.11 mil
  4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  –  $1063.90 mil
  5. The Ten Commandments  –  $982.50 mil
  6. Titanic  –  $962.00 mil
  7. Jaws  –  $960.59 mil
  8. Doctor Zhivago  –  $931.01 mil
  9. The Exorcist  –  $829.49 mil
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  –  $817.50 mil

note:  Because the totals for Titanic on the linked page include the totals for its 2012 3-D re-release, I have had to estimate its totals based on its relation to Ten Commandments and Jaws.

Nighthawk Awards:

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Nighthawk Awards):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  840
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  –  810
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  –  735
  4. The Aviator  –  655
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  605
  6. Inglourious Basterds  –  540
  7. Brokeback Mountain  –  495
  8. The Departed  –  490
  9. Slumdog Millionaire  –  490
  10. No Country for Old Men  –  445

Top 10 Films of the 2000′s  (Nighthawk Award Nominations):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  19
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  –  17
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  –  16
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  14
  5. The Aviator  –  13
  6. King Kong  –  13
  7. The Dark Knight  –  13
  8. Gangs of New York  –  12
  9. The Fountain  –  12
  10. Atonement  /  Milk  –  12

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Nighthawk Awards through 2009):

  1. Bonnie and Clyde  –  865
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  840
  3. The Wizard of Oz  –  815
  4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  –  810
  5. The Godfather  –  785
  6. The Bridge on the River Kwai  –  780
  7. Sunset Boulevard  –  765
  8. Lawrence of Arabia  –  760
  9. From Here to Eternity  –  755
  10. A Streetcar Named Desire  /  On the Waterfront  –  750

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Nighthawk Nominations through 2009):

  1. The Wizard of Oz  –  21
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  19
  3. Bonnie and Clyde  –  17
  4. The Godfather  –  17
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  –  17
  6. Mary Poppins  –  16
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  –  16
  8. From Here to Eternity  –  15
  9. The Bridge on the River Kwai  –  15
  10. The Godfather Part II  –  15

The Best of the Decade:

Best Animated Film:

  1. Spirited Away
  2. Wall-E
  3. Ratatouille
  4. Up
  5. The Incredibles

Best Foreign Film:

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  2. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  3. Spirited Away
  4. A Very Long Engagement
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth

Best Original Song:

  1. “A Mighty Wind” from A Mighty Wind
  2. “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire
  3. “Falling Slowly” from Once
  4. “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” from Million Dollar Hotel
  5. “Gabriella’s Sang” from As It Is in Heaven

Best Makeup:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. Moulin Rouge
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  5. Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Costume Design

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Moulin Rouge
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha
  5. The Aviator

Best Sound Editing:

  1. The Aviator
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  5. Casino Royale

Best Visual Effects:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Avatar
  3. King Kong
  4. District 9
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Art Direction:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. Moulin Rouge
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha
  4. The Aviator
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Sound:

  1. The Aviator
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Moulin Rouge
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  5. The Hurt Locker

Best Original Score:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
  4. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  5. Brokeback Mountain

Best Cinematography:

  1. The Aviator
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. House of Flying Daggers
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Editing:

  1. Memento
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  5. Slumdog Millionaire

Best Supporting Actress  (Comedy / Musical)

  1. Meryl Streep  (Adaptation)
  2. Cate Blanchett  (I’m Not There)
  3. Frances McDormand  (Almost Famous)
  4. Helen Mirren  (Gosford Park)
  5. Penelope Cruz  (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

Best Supporting Actress  (Drama):

  1. Cate Blanchett  (The Aviator)
  2. Mo’Nique  (Precious)
  3. Zhang Ziyi  (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
  4. Sarah Bolger  (In America)
  5. Julianne Moore  (The Hours)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Meryl Streep  (Adaptation)
  2. Cate Blanchett  (The Aviator)
  3. Mo’Nique  (Precious)
  4. Cate Blanchett  (I’m Not There)
  5. Zhang Ziyi  (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
  6. Frances McDormand  (Almost Famous)

note:  There are six performances because of the two Cate Blanchett performances

Best Supporting Actor  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. Philip Seymour Hoffman  (Almost Famous)
  2. Chris Cooper  (Adaptation)
  3. Steve Buscemi  (Ghost World)
  4. Thomas Haden Church  (Sideways)
  5. Christopher Walken  (Catch Me If You Can)

Best Supporting Actor  (Drama):

  1. Ian McKellen  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  2. Heath Ledger  (The Dark Knight)
  3. Christoph Waltz  (Inglourious Basterds)
  4. Michael Sheen  (The Queen)
  5. Bruce Greenwood  (Thirteen Days)

Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Ian McKellen  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  2. Heath Ledger  (The Dark Knight)
  3. Christoph Waltz  (Inglourious Basterds)
  4. Michael Sheen  (The Queen)
  5. Bruce Greenwood  (Thirteen Days)
A performance to melt any heart.

A performance to melt any heart.

Best Actress  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. Audrey Tautou  (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain)
  2. Kate Winslet  (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  3. Ellen Page  (Juno)
  4. Renee Zelwegger  (Nurse Betty)
  5. Renee Zelwegger  (Chicago)
  6. Meryl Streep  (Julie and Julia)

Best Actress  (Drama):

  1. Helen Mirren  (The Queen)
  2. Sissy Spacek  (In the Bedroom)
  3. Nicole Kidman  (The Hours)
  4. Meryl Streep  (The Hours)
  5. Naomi Watts  (Mulholland Dr.)

Best Actress:

  1. Helen Mirren  (The Queen)
  2. Sissy Spacek  (In the Bedroom)
  3. Nicole Kidman  (The Hours)
  4. Meryl Streep  (The Hours)
  5. Audrey Tautou  (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain)

Best Actor  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. Bill Murray  (Lost in Translation)
  2. Michael Douglas  (Wonder Boys)
  3. Jim Carrey  (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  4. Johnny Depp  (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl)
  5. Nicholas Cage  (Adaptation)

Best Actor  (Drama):

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis  (There Will Be Blood)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis  (Gangs of New York)
  3. Sean Penn  (Milk)
  4. Tom Wilkinson  (In the Bedroom)
  5. Heath Ledger  (Brokeback Mountain)
  6. Adrian Brody  (The Pianist)

note:  There are six performances because of the two from Daniel Day-Lewis.

Best Actor:

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis  (There Will Be Blood)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis  (Gangs of New York)
  3. Sean Penn  (Milk)
  4. Tom Wilkinson  (In the Bedroom)
  5. Heath Ledger  (Brokeback Mountain)
  6. Adrian Brody  (The Pianist)

note:  There are six performances because of the two from Daniel Day-Lewis.

Best Original Screenplay  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  2. Almost Famous
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Lost in Translation
  5. A Serious Man

Best Original Screenplay  (Drama):

  1. Good Night and Good Luck
  2. Memento
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Talk to Her
  5. Inglourious Basterds

Best Original Screenplay:

  1. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  2. Good Night and Good Luck
  3. Memento
  4. Almost Famous
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Best Adapted Screenplay  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. Adaptation
  2. Sideways
  3. Wonder Boys
  4. O Brother Where Art Thou
  5. High Fidelity

Best Adapted Screenplay  (Drama):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Brokeback Mountain
  4. The Hours
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Brokeback Mountain
  4. The Hours
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Director  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. Baz Luhrmann  (Moulin Rouge)
  2. Jean-Pierre Jeunet  (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain)
  3. Julie Taymor  (Across the Universe)
  4. Sofia Coppola  (Lost in Translation)
  5. Cameron Crowe  (Almost Famous)

Best Director  (Drama):

  1. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  2. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  3. Ang Lee  (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
  4. Steven Spielberg  (Munich)
  5. Martin Scorsese  (The Aviator)
  6. Ang Lee  (Brokeback Mountain)
  7. Clint Eastwood  (Mystic River)

note:  There are seven directors because of the two each for Peter Jackson and Ang Lee.

Best Director:

  1. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  2. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  3. Ang Lee  (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
  4. Steven Spielberg  (Munich)
  5. Martin Scorsese  (The Aviator)
  6. Ang Lee  (Brokeback Mountain)
  7. Clint Eastwood  (Mystic River)

note:  There are seven directors because of the two each for Peter Jackson and Ang Lee.

Best Picture  (Comedy / Musical):

  1. Moulin Rouge
  2. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  3. Almost Famous
  4. Across the Universe
  5. Lost in Translation

Best Picture  (Drama):

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Good Night and Good Luck
  5. Munich

Best Picture:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Good Night and Good Luck
  5. Munich
Yes, it's a scene that's only in the Extended Edition.  So what?

Yes, it’s a scene that’s only in the Extended Edition. So what?

Films That Earn Best of Decade Nominations:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Makeup
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Costume Design, Foreign Film
  • Good Night and Good Luck
    • Picture, Original Screenplay
  • Munich
    • Picture, Director
  • Brokeback Mountain
    • Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Original Score
  • The Aviator
    • Director, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Sound, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Costume Design
  • Mystic River
    • Director
  • The Hours
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actress
  • The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
    • Original Screenplay, Actress, Original Score, Foreign Film
  • Almost Famous
    • Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress
  • Memento
    • Original Screenplay, Editing
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    • Original Screenplay
  • There Will Be Blood
    • Actor
  • In the Bedroom
    • Actor, Actress
  • Gangs of New York
    • Actor
  • Milk
    • Actor
  • The Pianist
    • Actor
  • The Queen
    • Actress, Supporting Actor
  • The Dark Knight
    • Supporting Actor
  • Inglourious Basterds
    • Supporting Actor
  • Thirteen Days
    • Supporting Actor
  • Adaptation
    • Supporting Actress
  • I’m Not There
    • Supporting Actress
  • Precious
    • Supporting Actress
  • Slumdog Millionaire
    • Editing, Original Song
  • House of Flying Daggers
    • Cinematography
  • Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
    • Original Score
  • Moulin Rouge
    • Sound, Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup
  • The Hurt Locker
    • Sound
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
    • Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup
  • King Kong
    • Visual Effects
  • District 9
    • Visual Effects
  • Avatar
    • Visual Effects
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    • Sound Editing
  • Casino Royale
    • Sound Editing
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    • Makeup
  • A Mighty Wind
    • Original Song
  • Once
    • Original Song
  • Million Dollar Hotel
    • Original Song
  • As It Is In Heaven
    • Original Song
  • Spirited Away
    • Foreign Film, Animated Film
  • A Very Long Engagement
    • Foreign Film
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
    • Foreign Film
  • Wall-E
    • Animated Film
  • Ratatouille
    • Animated Film
  • Up
    • Animated Film
  • The Incredibles
    • Animated Film

Best Years for Each Category of the Nighthawk Awards:

Best Animated Film:  2003

  • Finding Nemo, The Triplets of Belleville, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress

Best Foreign Film:  2001

  • The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, Spirited Away, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Devil’s Backbone, Millenium Actress

Best Original Song:  2003

  • “A Mighty Wind”, “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow”, “Into the West”, “Old Joe’s Place”, “Man of the Hour”

Best Makeup:  2001

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge, Planet of the Apes, A.I., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Best Costume Design:  2002

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Chicago, The Pianist

Best Sound Editing:  2002

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Minority Report, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Solaris, Gangs of New York  –  hon. men.  –  Spider-Man

Best Visual Effects:  2005

  • King Kong, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, War of the Worlds, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Best Art Direction:  2002

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Chicago, The Pianist  –  hon. men.  –  Far From Heaven

Best Sound:  2002

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Minority Report, Solaris, Gangs of New York, The Pianist  –  hon. men.  –  Road to Perdition, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Best Original Score:  2001

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, The Man Who Wasn’t There, The Others

Best Cinematography:  2004

  • The Aviator, House of Flying Daggers, A Very Long Engagement, Hero, Kill Bill Volume 2

Best Editing:  2006

  • The Departed, United 93, The Fountain, Children of Men, The Prestige  –  hon. men. – Casino Royale

Best Supporting Actress:  2002

  • Meryl Streep  (Adaptation)
  • Julianne Moore  (The Hours)
  • Kathy Bates  (About Schmidt)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones  (Chicago)
  • Toni Collette  (About a Boy)

Best Supporting Actor:  2001

  • Ian McKellen  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Ben Kingsley  (Sexy Beast)
  • Steve Buscemi  (Ghost World)
  • Jude Law  (A.I.)
  • Ian Holme  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Best Actress:  2002

  • Nicole Kidman  (The Hours)
  • Meryl Streep  (The Hours)
  • Julianne Moore  (Far From Heaven)
  • Cate Blanchett  (Heaven)
  • Renee Zelwegger  (Chicago)

Best Actor:  2002

  • Daniel Day-Lewis  (Gangs of New York)
  • Adrian Brody  (The Pianist)
  • Michael Caine  (The Quiet American)
  • Nicholas Cage  (Adaptation)
  • Tom Hanks  (Road to Perdition)
  • –hon. men. –
  • Jack Nicholson  (About Schmidt)

note:  This is, in my opinion, the best group of five Oscar nominees for Best Actor in Academy history (they went with Nicholson over Hanks).

Best Original Screenplay:  2001

  • The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, Memento, Gosford Park, Monster’s Ball, The Royal Tenenbaums  –  hon. men.  –  Amores Perros, The Man Who Wasn’t There, The Others

Best Adapted Screenplay:  2000

  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, O Brother Where Art Thou, Wonder Boys, Traffic, High Fidelity  –  hon. men.  –  Thirteen Days

Best Director:  2005

  • Munich, Brokeback Mountain, King Kong, Good Night and Good Luck, A History of Violence

Best Picture:  2005

  • Good Night and Good Luck, Munich, Brokeback Mountain, King Kong, A History of Violence

Cinematographer of the Decade:

Roger Deakins

I pointed out in the previous decade that even though Deakins was winning Cinematographer of the Decade that he would outdo his work in this decade.  He still doesn’t actually win the Oscars, but he earns an incredible 5 nominations (the first to do that in one decade since Robert Surtrees in the 70’s).  He did better at the ASC – earning 6 nominations and actually winning in 2001 for The Man Who Wasn’t There and he won two BAFTAs (Man Who Wasn’t There and No Country for Old Men).  He still doesn’t manage a Nighthawk Award, but he earns five nominations – for O Brother Where Art Thou, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country for Old Men, Revolutionary Road and The Reader.

Composer of the Decade:

Howard Shore

Someone finally ousts John Williams.  On the decade, Shore wins three Nighthawk Awards for his three scores for The Lord of the Rings (which won him two Oscars).  And he also earns Nighthawk nominations for The Aviator (which wasn’t Oscar eligible), A History of Violence and King Kong.  And his work on LOTR is especially impressive when you listen to it in full – it’s not just re-using the same music across the films.  It’s that he develops individual themes for each part of the films and carries those through – the flute that we hear in the early scenes in The Shire return when Frodo and Sam are on Mount Doom remembering their home.

Writer of the Decade:

Joel and Ethan Coen

While it might seem repetitive to just give them this award again, they earn in it in a different way.  In the 90’s, they were all about creating their scripts from scratch.  And they do that here – look at films like The Man Who Wasn’t There (“Doris and I went to church once a week. Usually Tuesday night.”), Intolerable Cruelty (“I call Heinz the Baron Krauss von Espy”), Burn After Reading (”Osbourne Cox? I thought you might be worried… about the security… of your shit.”) and A Serious Man (“The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can’t ever really know… what’s going on. So it shouldn’t bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.”).  But in this decade they also expanded out, adapting from others.  Sometimes the adaptation didn’t quite work, like The Ladykillers (“Waffles.  We must all have waffles forthwith.”), but it also gave us O Brother Where Art Thou (“Well isn’t this a geographical oddity.  Two weeks from everywhere.”) and No Country for Old Men (“Call it.”).  It’s a hell of a decade of work.  They earned three Oscar nominations on the decade and won for No Country.  But they also win the Nighthawk for that and earn 5 nominations.

Right.  Like this was gonna be any other picture than her as Galadriel.  Have you seen my other posts recently?

Right. Like this was gonna be any picture other than her as Galadriel. Have you seen my other posts recently?

Supporting Actress of the Decade:

Cate Blanchett

She wins the Oscar for The Aviator (and the Nighthawk).  She earns Oscar and Nighthawk nominations for Notes on a Scandal.  She wins the Nighthawk and earns another Oscar nomination for I’m Not There.  That alone is generally enough to be the best supporting actress of the decade, even not counting the Oscar and Nighthawk nominations she receives for Elizabeth: The Golden Age as a lead.  But she earns extra Nighthawk nominations as Galadriel in Fellowship of the Ring and for her performance in Babel and she earns extra mention for her performances in The Life Aquatic, The Man Who Cried and Coffee and Cigarettes.  Hell, in 2001 the National Board of Review gave her Best Supporting Actress and cited her for three films – Fellowship, The Man Who Cried and The Shipping News, and that was before any of her Oscar nominations in the decade.

Supporting Actor of the Decade:

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for Capote in 2005.  To be fair, I can’t really count that when looking at him as the Best Supporting Actor of the 2000’s.  So what else is there?  Well, how about his Oscar nominated performance as the priest under suspicion in Doubt (which also earns a Nighthawk nomination).  Or that he was following up his Oscar and Nighthawk nominated performance in Charlie Wilson’s War (where he manages to break the same window twice with a chair).  And neither of those is his best supporting performance in the decade – that would be his incredible turn as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.  And that wasn’t all – he also had a small but memorable turn in Cold Mountain and the best performance in Punch Drunk Love.

Sexiest performance ever.  Nuff said.

Sexiest performance ever. Nuff said.

Actress of the Decade:

Naomi Watts

Now, as I wrote here, I think that Watts’ performance in Mullholand Dr. is the sexiest film performance of all-time.  But that alone wouldn’t be nearly enough to earn her this spot.  To go along with it, though, there is the fact that it is a great performance, earning her a Nighthawk nomination.  That was in 2001, which began a strange trend, where every other year she would come back on the radar.  In 2003, she earned an Oscar nomination (and wins the Nighthawk) for 21 Grams.  Then, in 2005, she returns with a fantastic performance in King Kong that didn’t get the attention it deserved.  And in 2007, she just misses out on a fourth Nighthawk nomination for her strong, sexy performance in Eastern Promises.  And she even gave an extra one – she also just missed a Nighthawk nomination in 2006 for The Painted Veil.  Overall, one magnificent (and sexy) decade.

Actor of the Decade:

George Clooney

Just as Hoffman won his Oscar for lead but wins the Decade award for supporting, so Clooney does the reverse.  But Clooney’s Oscar for Syriana, while coming in second at the Nighthawks, doesn’t factor into his placement here.  This is all about his lead performances.  They include his two Oscar nominated (and NBR winning) performances in Michael Clayton and Up in the Air (like Watts, Clooney seems to give extra oomph in the odd years).  But let’s not forget Clooney’s incredible (and incredibly funny) work with the Coen Brothers – he earns another Nighthawk nomination for O Brother Where Art Thou and he gets mention for both Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading.  And he also has range – whether it be the coolest guy around in Ocean’s 11 or someone working through his pain in the very under-rated Solaris.  This was the decade where Clooney went from perpetual Oscar snubee (he was passed over three straight years in spite of Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother) to being the perpetual odd year nominee (four times in a row now).

Marty directing Leo in one of their three brilliant collaborations during the decade.

Marty directing Leo in one of their three brilliant collaborations during the decade.

Director of the Decade:

Martin Scorsese

So, with Peter Jackson sitting atop the decade, how is it that Martin Scorsese wins this?  Well, because Jackson slipped significantly at the end of the decade with Lovely Bones and it seems cheating somehow when the three films that put him so high are part of the same trilogy.  But Scorsese, well, he only directed three films in the entire decade.  And there they sit at #9, 10 and 14 for the decade.  All three of them are part of what is quickly becoming one of the best collaborations in film history: his partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio.  And Marty earns this for finally winning the Oscar and DGA awards that had been denied him for so long.  And he wins two Nighthawk Awards and just misses out on winning a third by having to go up against Peter Jackson.

Top 100 Films of the 2000’s:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (2003, dir. Peter Jackson)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  (2001, dir. Peter Jackson)
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  (2000, dir. Ang Lee)
  4. Good Night and Good Luck  (2005, dir. George Clooney)
  5. Munich  (2005, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  6. Brokeback Mountain  (2005, dir. Ang Lee)
  7. Mystic River  (2003, dir. Clint Eastwood)
  8. No Country for Old Men  (2007, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
  9. The Aviator  (2004, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  10. The Departed  (2006, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  11. Atonement  (2007, dir. Joe Wright)
  12. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (2002, dir. Peter Jackson)
  13. Moulin Rouge  (2001, dir. Baz Luhrmann)
  14. Gangs of New York  (2002, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  15. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain  (2001, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  16. Spirited Away  (2001, dir. Hiyako Miyazaki)
  17. King Kong  (2005, dir. Peter Jackson)
  18. Slumdog Millionaire  (2008, dir. Danny Boyle)
  19. A Very Long Engagement  (2004, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  20. Almost Famous  (2000, dir. Cameron Crowe)
  21. Traffic  (2000, dir. Steven Soderbergh)
  22. Christopher Nolan's best film in the decade.

    Christopher Nolan’s best film in the decade.

    Across the Universe  (2007, dir. Julie Taymor)

  23. The Hours  (2002, dir. Stephen Daldry)
  24. Milk  (2008, dir. Gus Van Sant)
  25. The Dark Knight  (2008, dir. Christopher Nolan)
  26. Children of Men  (2006, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  27. The Pianist  (2002, dir. Roman Polanski)
  28. Lost in Translation  (2003, dir. Sofia Coppola)
  29. Pan’s Labyrinth  (2006, dir. Guillermo del Toro)
  30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  (2004, dir. Michel Gondry)
  31. City of God  (2002, dir. Fernando Meirelles)
  32. The film that made Christopher Nolan a star director.

    The film that made Christopher Nolan a star director.

    In America  (2002, dir. Jim Sheridan)

  33. The Fountain  (2006, dir. Darren Aronofsky)
  34. Mulholland Dr.  (2001, dir. David Lynch)
  35. Memento  (2000, dir. Christopher Nolan)
  36. Inglourious Basterds  (2009, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  37. Wall-E  (2008, dir. Andrew Stanton)
  38. The Hurt Locker  (2009, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
  39. There Will Be Blood  (2007, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  40. Sideways  (2004, dir. Alexander Payne)
  41. Talk to Her  (2002, dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
  42. A Serious Man  (2009, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
  43. A History of Violence  (2005, dir. David Cronenberg)
  44. Revolutionary Road  (2008, dir. Sam Mendes)
  45. O Brother Where Art Thou  (2000, dir. Joel Coen)
  46. The Queen  (2006, dir. Stephen Frears)
  47. Minority Report  (2002, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  48. Gosford Park  (2001, dir. Robert Altman)
  49. Y Tu Mamá También  (2001, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  50. Christopher Nolan brilliantly re-invisions the Batman legend.

    Christopher Nolan brilliantly re-invisions the Batman legend.

    In the Bedroom  (2001, dir. Todd Field)

  51. Chicago  (2002, dir. Rob Marshall)
  52. Wonder Boys  (2000, dir. Curtis Hansen)
  53. Batman Begins  (2005, dir. Christopher Nolan)
  54. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  (2003, dir. Peter Weir)
  55. Adaptation  (2002, dir. Spike Jonze)
  56. Thirteen Days  (2000, dir. Roger Donaldson)
  57. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  (2004, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  58. Ratatouille  (2007, dir. Brad Bird)
  59. An Education  (2009, dir. Lone Scherfig)
  60. House of Flying Daggers  (2004, dir. Zhang Yimou)
  61. Broken Embraces  (2009, dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
  62. The Constant Gardener  (2005, dir. Fernando Meirelles)
  63. Up  (2009, dir. Pete Docter)
  64. United 93  (2006, dir. Paul Greengrass)
  65. Closer  (2004, dir. Mike Nichols)
  66. Eastern Promises  (2007, dir. David Cronenberg)
  67. Pride and Prejudice  (2005, dir. Joe Wright)
  68. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead  (2007, dir. Sidney Lumet)
  69. Michael Clayton  (2007, dir. Tony Gilroy)
  70. Million Dollar Baby  (2004, dir. Clint Eastwood)
  71. The Incredibles  (2004, dir. Brad Bird)
  72. Up in the Air  (2009, dir. Jason Reitman)
  73. Kill Bill Volume 2  (2004, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  74. Finding Nemo  (2003, dir. Andrew Stanton)
  75. Kill Bill Volume 1  (2003, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  76. Downfall  (2004, dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel)
  77. Juno  (2007, dir. Jason Reitman)
  78. Silver City  (2004, dir. John Sayles)
  79. The under-appreciated Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Michael Caine collaboration.

    The under-appreciated Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Michael Caine collaboration.

    Solaris  (2002, dir. Steven Soderbergh)

  80. Kingdom of Heaven  (2005, dir. Ridley Scott)
  81. The Royal Tenenbaums  (2001, dir. Wes Anderson)
  82. The Prestige  (2006, dir. Christopher Nolan)
  83. Casino Royale  (2006, dir. Martin Campbell)
  84. The Others  (2001, dir. Alejandro Amenábar)
  85. A Mighty Wind  (2003, dir. Christopher Guest)
  86. High Fidelity  (2000, dir. Stephen Frears)
  87. The Man Who Wasn’t There  (2001, dir. Joel Coen)
  88. Ghost World  (2001, dir. Terry Zwigoff)
  89. Hero  (2002, dir. Zhang Yimou)
  90. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit  (2005, dir. Nick Park and Steve Box)
  91. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  (2009, dir. David Yates)
  92. Away from Her  (2007, dir. Sarah Polley)
  93. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  (2007, dir. Tim Burton)
  94. Saraband  (2003, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  95. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story  (2005, dir. Michael Winterbottom)
  96. Syriana  (2005, dir. Stephen Gaghan)
  97. 3:10 to Yuma  (2007, dir. James Mangold)
  98. Persepolis  (2007, dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud)
  99. The Virgin Suicides  (2000, dir. Sofia Coppola)
  100. Amores Perros  (2000, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)

If things were perfect, we would have 10 films from each year.  Instead, this is how they break down (top 20 in parenthesis):

  • 2000  –  10  (2)
  • 2001  –  12  (4)
  • 2002  –  12  (2)
  • 2003  –  8  (2)
  • 2004  –  12  (2)
  • 2005  –  12  (4)
  • 2006  –  8  (1)
  • 2007  –  13  (2)
  • 2008  –  5  (1)
  • 2009  –  8  (0)

However, as always, the Oscar (and Nighthawk) eligibility isn’t quite the same (usually because of Foreign films).  That breaks down like this:

  • 2000  –  8  (2)
  • 2001  –  12  (3)
  • 2002  –  11  (3)
  • 2003  –  9  (2)
  • 2004  –  12  (2)
  • 2005  –  13  (4)
  • 2006  –  9  (1)
  • 2007  –  13  (2)
  • 2008  –  5  (1)
  • 2009  –  8  (0)

Either way, 2008 is by the weakest year.  2002, 2005 and 2007 are the best.  2002 gets extra points for having the best Oscar nominees in history, not to mention that so many of the films from that year are higher up on the list, as evidenced by the following list.  Here’s the best film for each rank, with the best film for each rank (as in Return of the King is the #1 film of 2003 and Munich is the #2 film of 2005, etc); it’s slightly skewed because Spirited Away and City of God are films that were Oscar-eligible in other years:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (2003)
  2. Munich  (2005)
  3. Brokeback Mountain  (2005)
  4. Spirited Away  (2001)
  5. City of God  (2002)
  6. Gosford Park  (2001)
  7. Talk to Her  (2002)
  8. Minority Report  (2002)
  9. Chicago  (2002)
  10. Adaptation  (2002)

Those worked out much better than in the eighties, where the best film at each rank was from 1989 except for #1.  For spots 1-4, the worst film is from 2009.  From 6 on they’re from 2008.  They were just years that didn’t have the kind of crop as other years.  Adaptation, which was the #10 film of 2002 would have been a Nighthawk nominee in 2004, 2007 and 2009.  On the other hand, Inglourious Basterds, my #1 film of 2009, would have been the fifth nominee in 2005 and 2006 and wouldn’t even have been nominated in 2001, 2002 or 2003.

There are only three black-and-white films, with one of them actually being animated (Persepolis).  This time the Oscars get it at least partially right – you have to go all the way down to #15 to find a film that wasn’t nominated for Best Picture and down to #17 to find an English-language film that wasn’t nominated while 3 of my Top 10 actually won Best Picture.

There are a bit more Foreign films than the decade before (15) but the lowest number of comedies since the 60’s (13).  Suspense films also drop off the map – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is the only one in the Top 100 – the first time a decade had fewer than 3.  Musicals make a comeback – there are as many in the Top 100 here (7) as there were in the previous three decades combined.  The same with kids films, thanks to Pixar.  Among directors, Scorsese and Spielberg join Bergman and Lean as the only directors to have Top 20 films in four different decades (and with Hugo and Lincoln, both have a solid chance of doing it in a sixth decade).

It is a much, much better decade for Best Picture nominees.  The average rank in Best Picture years is 17.5.  And only two of the years rank lower than 30th (2000 – #47, 2008 – #45) while we have the two best years ever (2002, 2007) and five of the Top 10 years.  A total of 36 of the 55 Best Picture nominees during the decade make the Top 100:

  • 2000  –  2
  • 2001  –  4
  • 2002  –  5
  • 2003  –  4
  • 2004  –  3
  • 2005  –  3
  • 2006  –  2
  • 2007  –  5
  • 2008  –  2
  • 2009  –  6

directors with three or more films in the Top 100:

  • 4:
    • Peter Jackson  (1, 2, 12, 17)
    • Joel Coen  (8, 42, 45, 87)
    • Christopher Nolan  (25, 35, 53, 82)
  • 3:
    • Martin Scorsese  (9, 10, 14)
    • Alfonso Cuaron  (26, 49, 57)
    • Quentin Tarantino  (36, 73, 75)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet only gets two films on the list, but they both make the Top 20.  Ang Lee does him one better – only getting two films on the list, but both in the Top 6 (he also doesn’t come too far from making the list again with Lust, Caution).

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