Back in 2009, I did a long series of histories of all the Academy Awards categories (you can find a full list here). The final thing I did was a ranked list of all 468 Best Picture nominees. When I revised all those posts in 2010 I only added in the 2009 Best Picture nominees to the ranked list rather than redo the list. There was a reason for that – for a long time, that one post was by far the most popular thing I had ever put up. There were stretches where it accounted for almost 20% of the hits on the entire site. But that changed drastically with Google’s changing of how images come up. But still I didn’t revise it, because by then, I was in the middle of a project that began on 9 March 2010 and only finished on 6 March 2013 – a year by year look at Best Picture in every year. So I wanted to wait until the project was done. (more…)
17 March, 2013
10 March, 2013
Here we have 85 years of Oscar winners. Though, because of the two winners in 1928 there are actually 86 winners that are ranked.
This list covers a complete ranking of all 86 of those films, from the very worst to the very best. This will be followed by two more lists: a complete ranking of all the Best Picture years and a complete ranking of all 503 films that have earned Best Picture nominations (not including the 3 that can’t readily be seen). (more…)
23 February, 2011
1970 - 1979
Total Films I’ve Seen: 755
Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category: 38
Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category: Mean Streets
Film of the Decade: The Godfather
Worst Film of the Decade: Caligula
Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade: Love Story
Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director: The Brood (more…)
12 December, 2010
The 45th Academy Awards for the film year 1972. The nominations were announced on February 12, 1973 and the awards were held on March 27, 1973.
Best Picture: The Godfather
- The Emigrants
Most Surprising Omission: Sleuth
Best Eligible Film Not Nominated: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Best English Language Film Not Nominated: Sleuth
Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years: #18 (more…)
17 May, 2010
Here’s a little random post while I finish working on some of my other posts. These are all numbers from the IMDb. It is kind of a representation of quasi-popular opinion on Best Picture nominees. It’s popular opinion because these are numbers based on IMDb ratings and votes, something which anyone can do. On the other hand, you have to care enough to at least register and do the voting. So, kind of a mix of those who care about films and those who have too much time on their hands when they’re on the web.
So, here are some stats on films that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Since the numbers on all of these tend to change, I’ll let you know that all these of numbers were pulled on April 29, 2010.
I’ve added a little updated inspired by one of the comments. It’s at the end.
27 August, 2009
Francis Ford Coppola
- Born: 1939
- Rank: 24
- Score: 663.70
- Awards: Oscar / 2 DGA / BAFTA / 2 Golden Globes / NSFC / NBR
- Nominations: 4 Oscars / 5 DGA / 2 BAFTA / 5 Golden Globes
- Feature Films: 24
- Best: The Godfather
- Worst: Tonight for Sure
Top 5 Feature Films:
- The Godfather – 1972
- Apocalypse Now – 1979
- The Godfather Part II – 1974
- The Conversation – 1974
- The Cotton Club – 1984
Top 10 Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):
- 1966 – 7th – You’re a Big Boy Now
- 1969 – 10th – Rain People
- 1972 – 1st – The Godfather
- 1974 – 2nd – The Godfather Part II
- 1974 – 3rd – The Conversation
- 1979 – 2nd – Apocalypse Now
- 1984 – 4th – The Cotton Club
- 1990 – 8th – The Godfather Part III
22 February, 2009
Here we have it. Oscar day is upon us. And for those of you who have been reading these posts for the last month, thanks, and I hope, if you like film, you’ll keep reading. For the next year, I’ll be doing a countdown of the 100 Greatest Directors of All-time, doing one every few days or so. I’ll also continue to do regular film posts and the Family News page will come back to the front, if you’re here to read about Thomas, Veronica and me.
Okay, so that was last year. The Top 100 Directors are now all completed as can be seen here. This next year involves further work on my Year in Film series, my Top 100 Novels and, starting this week, an in-depth look at all the Best Picture nominees.
Anyway, for the last post, since I have seen 461 475 of the 468 478 films that have been nominated for Best Picture, I am giving a comparative ranking of all the films nominated for Best Picture.
2 December, 2008
The American Film Institute seems to have trouble telling the difference between a genre and a subgenre. A genre encompasses a type of film with a number of distinguishing traits (in this case, a Crime film, a film which focuses on criminals, whether a specific one, or a group of them). A subgenre is one specific group of genre films (in this case, a Gangster film, which is a Crime film that focuses on gangsters, as opposed to other subgenres of crimes films which include True Crime, like In Cold Blood, or a Heist film, which I think is fairly self-explanatory). When AFI did their lists of the top 10 in 10 Genres, they kept using subgenres. My goal is to include the genre as a whole. Thus, I give you the 25 best Crime films.
With a slight caveat. My spreadsheet uses on genre for each film, and all Foreign films get swept up in Foreign. So these are really the 25 best English Language Crime films. The Foreign films that would have probably found a spot on this list would be Shoot the Piano Player, City of God and M. But I’ll cover them all in Foreign Film.
There are a few films that AFI put in the Gangster genre that are good enough for this list but I don’t consider Crime films. If the primary focus is on the cop, rather than the criminal I don’t consider it a crime film (eliminating The Big Heat and Touch of Evil). Bullets over Broadway and Some Like It Hot are comedies that happen to have gangsters. And On the Waterfront is a drama. (more…)