He rules.

He rules.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 16 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.  I’m going with the Top 16 because that’s how many **** films there are.  It’s not because Cate Blanchett comes in 16th in Supporting Actress.  That’s only a coincidence.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. American Beauty  **
  2. Magnolia
  3. The End of the Affair
  4. All About My Mother
  5. Eyes Wide Shut
  6. Three Kings
  7. Topsy-Turvy  *
  8. Princess Mononoke
  9. Being John Malkovich  *
  10. The Sixth Sense  *
  11. Toy Story 2
  12. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  13. The Insider  *
  14. Sweet and Lowdown
  15. Run Lola Run
  16. Following

Analysis:  This year sets a new high mark.  The Sixth Sense earns a 92 from me, which makes it the best #10 to-date, the first film to earn a higher mark in the #10 spot than Foolish Wives, the #10 film in the very first Nighthawk Awards.  The Top 20 (the remaining four films are Fight Club, Limbo, Abre Los Ojos and Man on the Moon) beats out 1994 for the best to-date.  As mentioned above, all 16 of these films are ****.
Three Kings had been in my Top 5 from the day I saw it in the theater all the way until I did these awards, when it was finally pushed out because I bumped up All About My Mother.
American Beauty becomes the first film to sweep the five awards groups (Oscar, BAFTA, PGA, Globe, BFCA).  It’s also the first to win the Oscar and the Consensus since Schindler’s List (which pre-dated the BFCA by one year). (more…)

Great old-fashioned movie making: The King's Speech (2010).

Great old-fashioned movie making: The King’s Speech (2010).

The 83rd annual Academy Awards for the film year 2010.  The nominations were announced on 25 January 2011 and the awards were held on 27 February 2011.

Best Picture:  The King’s Speech

  • The Social Network
  • Inception
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Black Swan
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Fighter
  • 127 Hours

Most Surprising Omission:  The Town

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Ghost Writer

Rank (out of 84) among Best Picture Years:  #7  (by far the best among years with more than 5 nominated films) (more…)

A couple of star performances in the best film of the year.

A couple of star-making performances in the best film of the year.

My Top 20:

  1. The Social Network
  2. The King’s Speech
  3. Inception
  4. True Grit
  5. The Ghost Writer
  6. Winter’s Bone
  7. Black Swan
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  9. Another Year
  10. Toy Story 3
  11. The Town
  12. Biutiful
  13. The Kids are All Right
  14. Tangled
  15. Shutter Island
  16. Never Let Me Go
  17. Rabbit Hole
  18. The Fighter
  19. Green Zone
  20. Blue Valentine


The perfect ending.

The 81st annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2008.  The nominations were announced on 22 January 2009 and the awards were held on 22 February 2009.

Best Picture:  Slumdog Millionaire

  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Most Surprising Omission:  The Dark Knight

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Dark Knight

Rank (out of 84) Among Best Picture Years:  #45


A brilliant and perfect ending to the best film of the year.

My Top 20:

  1. Slumdog Millionaire
  2. Milk
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. Wall-E
  5. Revolutionary Road
  6. Rachel Getting Married
  7. The Visitor
  8. I’ve Loved You So Long
  9. Happy-Go-Lucky
  10. Let the Right One In
  11. In Bruges
  12. Iron Man
  13. Burn After Reading
  14. A Christmas Tale
  15. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  16. Australia
  17. The Wrestler
  18. Gran Torino
  19. Changeling
  20. The Reader

note:  Nothing like the year before.  The **** films end with #8.  Zodiac – the #25 of 2007, would be the #9 film here. (more…)

Marty directs Leo on how to beat the hell out of Matt. Oh, and he finally wins an Oscar.

My Top 20:

  1. The Departed
  2. Children of Men
  3. Pan’s Labyrinth
  4. The Fountain
  5. The Queen
  6. United 93
  7. The Prestige
  8. Army of Shadows
  9. Casino Royale
  10. Tristram Shandy
  11. Volver
  12. The Lives of Others
  13. Stranger Than Fiction
  14. The Painted Veil
  15. Blood Diamond
  16. Sophie Scholl – The Final Days
  17. Joyeux Noel
  18. Perfume
  19. Brick
  20. Thank You for Smoking


I’m a Lord of the Rings fanatic with a thing for Cate Blanchett. What were you expecting to see here?

My Top 20:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. Moulin Rouge
  3. The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  4. Mulholland Dr.
  5. Memento
  6. Gosford Park
  7. In the Bedroom
  8. The Royal Tenenbaums
  9. The Others
  10. The Man Who Wasn’t There
  11. Ghost World
  12. Amores perros
  13. Monster’s Ball
  14. The Princess and the Warrior
  15. A.I.  Artificial Intelligence
  16. Vanilla Sky
  17. Black Hawk Down
  18. The Devil’s Backbone
  19. Monsters Inc.
  20. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone