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*Updated* Oscars: Ranking the Winners of Each Category from the 2010s | DC’s Take

Since we are close to Oscar Sunday, I rank all the past winners of the Oscars in each category, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, etc.

*Updated* This now includes the recent winners of the 92nd Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences always does its duties to decide what they consider the absolute best film, performances, or anything technical of each year. Most of the choices they made is a balance between good to what were they thinking. After successfully ranking the Best Pictures winners of the decade, it didn’t hurt to give my own ranking to the other Academy Award categories and the winners that represented them.

This took me like an hour to complete; it wasn’t even hard. I base each ranking of these winners from my favorite to least favorite out of the bunch in quality. Though I will only get through 19 categories, which means I won’t be including Best Foreign Language, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Animated Short, and Live-Action Short because I haven’t seen a lot that ended up winning. A large majority of the winners were well-deserving, but there are a few I disagree with. And this isn’t a list where I go in-depth about my rankings; this is just straightforward. 

*The checkmarks show I got the winner right in my predictions and the movies in parentheses mean what I originally wanted to win.

Best Picture


Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

  1. 12 Years a Slave✔️
  2. Parasite (1917)
  3. Argo✔️
  4. Birdman✔️
  5. Moonlight (La La Land)
  6. The Shape of Water✔️
  7. Green Book (Roma)
  8. Spotlight (The Revenant
  9. The King’s Speech✔️
  10. The Artist✔️

Also Read: Best Picture Winners of the 2010s Ranked

Best Director


Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle in La La Land (2016)

  1. Damien Chazelle- La La Land✔️
  2. Alfonso Cuarón- Gravity✔️
  3. Alejandro G. Iñárritu- Birdman✔️
  4. Bong Joon-Ho- Parasite (Sam Mendes- 1917)
  5. Alfonso Cuarón- Roma✔️
  6. Alejandro G. Iñárritu- The Revenant✔️
  7. Guillermo del Toro- The Shape of Water✔️
  8. Ang Lee- Life of Pi (Steven Spielberg- Lincoln)
  9. Tom Hooper- The King’s Speech✔️
  10. Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist ✔️

Best Actor


Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (2012)

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis- Lincoln✔️
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio- The Revenant✔️
  3. Colin Firth- The King’s Speech✔️
  4. Joaquin Phoenix- Joker✔️
  5. Matthew McConaughey- Dallas Buyers Club✔️
  6. Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything (Michael Keaton- Birdman)
  7. Casey Affleck- Manchester By the Sea (Denzel Washington- Fences)
  8. Gary Oldman- Darkest Hour✔️
  9. Rami Malek- Bohemian Rhapsody✔️
  10. Jean Dujardin- The Artist (George Clooney- The Descendants

Best Actress


Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)

  1. Natalie Portman- Black Swan✔️
  2. Frances McDormand- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri✔️
  3. Emma Stone- La La Land✔️
  4. Brie Larson- Room✔️
  5. Olivia Colman- The Favourite (Glenn Close- The Wife)
  6. Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook✔️
  7. Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine✔️
  8. Renée Zellweger- Judy✔️
  9. Julianne Moore- Still Alice✔️
  10. Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady (Viola Davis- The Help)

Best Supporting Actor


Christian Bale in The Fighter (2010)

  1. Christian Bale- The Fighter✔️
  2. J. K. Simmons- Whiplash✔️
  3. Mahershala Ali- Moonlight✔️
  4. Sam Rockwell- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri✔️
  5. Brad Pitt- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood✔️
  6. Christoph Waltz- Django Unchained✔️
  7. Jared Leto- Dallas Buyers Club✔️
  8. Mahershala Ali- Green Book✔️
  9. Christopher Plummer- Beginners✔️
  10. Mark Rylance- Bridge of Spies (Sylvester Stallone- Creed)

Best Supporting Actress


Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

  1. Lupita Nyong’o- 12 Years a Slave✔️
  2. Anne Hathaway- Les Misérables✔️
  3. Viola Davis- Fences✔️
  4. Octavia Spencer- The Help✔️
  5. Regina King- If Beale Street Could Talk✔️
  6. Allison Janney- I, Tonya✔️
  7. Laura Dern- Marriage Story✔️
  8. Patricia Arquette- Boyhood✔️
  9. Alicia Vikander- The Danish Girl (Kate Winslet- Steve Jobs)
  10. Melissa Leo- The Fighter✔️

Best Original Screenplay


Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (2017)

  1. Get Out– Jordan Peele✔️
  2. Django Unchained– Quentin Tarantino✔️
  3. Parasite– Bong Joon-Ho & Han Jin-Won (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood– Quentin Tarantino)
  4. Birdman– Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolas Giacobone & Alejandro G. Iñárritu ✔️
  5. Her– Spike Jonze✔️
  6. Manchester By the Sea– Kenneth Lonergan (La La Land– Damien Chazelle)
  7. Midnight in Paris– Woody Allen✔️
  8. Spotlight– Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer✔️
  9. The King’s Speech– David Seidler✔️
  10. Green Book– Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly & Nick Vallelonga (The Favourite– Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)

Best Adapted Screenplay


Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara in The Social Network (2010)

  1. The Social Network– Aaron Sorkin✔️
  2. 12 Years a Slave– John Ridley✔️
  3. BlacKkKlansman– Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel & Kevin Willmott ✔️
  4. Jojo Rabbit– Taika Waititi ✔️
  5. Moonlight– Screenplay: Barry Jenkins; Story: Tarell Alvin McCraney ✔️
  6. Call Me By Your Name– James Ivory  ✔️
  7. Argo– Chris Terrio✔️
  8. The Descendants– Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash ✔️
  9. The Big Short– Adam McKay & Charles Randolph✔️
  10. The Imitation Game– Graham Moore✔️

Best Animated Feature


Jake Johnson and Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse✔️
  2. Toy Story 3✔️
  3. Inside Out✔️
  4. Zootopia✔️
  5. Frozen✔️
  6. Toy Story 4✔️
  7. Big Hero 6 (How to Train Your Dragon 2)
  8. Coco✔️
  9. Rango✔️
  10. Brave (Wreck-It Ralph)

Best Film Editing


J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in Whiplash (2014)

  1. Whiplash✔️
  2. The Social Network✔️
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road✔️
  4. Dunkirk✔️
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo✔️
  6. Gravity✔️
  7. Argo✔️
  8. Ford V Ferrari (Parasite)
  9. Hacksaw Ridge (La La Land)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Vice)

Best Cinematography


Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

  1. Blade Runner 2049✔️
  2. La La Land✔️
  3. Inception✔️
  4. 1917✔️
  5. Gravity✔️
  6. Roma✔️
  7. Birdman✔️
  8. The Revenant✔️
  9. Life of Pi✔️
  10. Hugo✔️

Best Production Design


Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land (2016)

  1. La La Land✔️
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel✔️
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road✔️
  4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood✔️
  5. The Shape of Water✔️
  6. Black Panther✔️
  7. The Great Gatsby✔️
  8. Lincoln✔️
  9. Hugo✔️
  10. Alice in Wonderland✔️

Best Costume Design


Angela Bassett, Connie Chiume, Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Danai Gurira in Black Panther (2018)

  1. Black Panther✔️
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel✔️
  3. Little Women✔️
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road✔️
  5. The Great Gatsby✔️
  6. Phantom Thread✔️
  7. Alice in Wonderland✔️
  8. Anna Karenina✔️
  9. The Artist ✔️
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Jackie)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling


Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road✔️
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel✔️
  3. Darkest Hour✔️
  4. Dallas Buyers Club✔️
  5. Bombshell✔️
  6. Vice✔️
  7. Les Misérables✔️
  8. The Iron Lady (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  9. The Wolfman (Barney’s Version)
  10. Suicide Squad (Star Trek Beyond!!)

Best Visual Effects


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity (2013)

  1. Gravity✔️
  2. Inception✔️
  3. Life of Pi✔️
  4. Blade Runner 2049✔️
  5. The Jungle Book✔️
  6. 1917✔️
  7. Interstellar (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
  8. First Man (Avengers: Infinity War)
  9. Hugo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
  10. Ex Machina (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Best Sound Mixing


Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception (2010)

  1. Inception✔️
  2. Dunkirk✔️
  3. Whiplash✔️
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road✔️
  5. 1917✔️
  6. Gravity✔️
  7. Les Misérables✔️
  8. Hugo✔️
  9. Hacksaw Ridge (La La Land)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody ✔️

Best Sound Editing


Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page in Inception (2010)

  1. Inception✔️
  2. Dunkirk✔️
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road✔️
  4. Gravity✔️
  5. Zero Dark Thirty/ Skyfall (TIE)✔️
  6. Hugo✔️
  7. Ford V Ferrari (1917)
  8. Arrival (Hacksaw Ridge)
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody ✔️
  10. American Sniper (Birdman)

Best Original Score


Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield in The Social Network (2010)

  1. The Social Network– Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross✔️
  2. La La Land– Justin Hurwitz✔️
  3. Gravity– Steven Price✔️
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel– Alexandre Desplat✔️
  5. Joker– Hildur Guðnadóttir✔️
  6. The Hateful Eight– Ennio Morricone✔️
  7. Black Panther– Ludwig Göransson (If Beale Street Could Talk– Nicholas Britell)
  8. The Shape of Water– Alexandre Desplat ✔️
  9. Life of Pi– Mychael Danna✔️
  10. The Artist– Ludovic Bource✔️

Best Original Song


Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012)

  1. “Skyfall”- Skyfall✔️
  2. “Shallow”- A Star is Born✔️
  3. “City of Stars” – La La Land✔️
  4. “Let it Go” – Frozen✔️
  5. “Glory” – Selma✔️
  6. “Man or Muppet” – The Muppets✔️
  7. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”- Rocketman✔️
  8. “Remember Me” – Coco (“This Is Me”- The Greatest Showman)
  9. “We Belong Together” – Toy Story 3✔️
  10. “Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre (“Til It Happens to You”- The Hunting Ground)

*My list of the Top 10 Best Movie Songs of the 2010s has several songs on in the category that I talked about already.

 

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