This is a companion piece to three different series. The first is The History of the Academy Awards, in which I covered each category in individual posts. This was originally done in 2009 and additions were included in 2010. You can find links to all of these pieces in each individual category. I have grouped all of the categories together for the same reason that I did so originally – because most pieces on the Oscars don’t approach the awards through the categories, but through the years. This specific piece is designed to take a closer look at the decade (with a couple of extra years, since there was no point in doing a separate piece on the first two years of the Oscars) and how I think the Academy did in those years.
The second series is my Year in Film series. That is mentioned here because in those pieces I included paragraphs about the Oscars as a whole for each year and included a considerable amount of trivia. Since I had based my Year in Film series and eligibility as such on the Academy calendar, it all seemed very relevant. Also, starting in 1930-31, I started including various prizes (Worst Oscar, Worst Nomination, Worst Omission, etc) and I didn’t want to repeat myself, so following the links will bring you there. Those links are at the end of this piece, where I do a brief summation of each year and how the Academy did.
The third series is my History of the Academy Awards: Best Picture series, where I reviewed every film ever nominated for Best Picture (except The Patriot, which is lost). Those links are also down below, grouped by year. (more…)