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  • Jake
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    If you feel secure about what year was the best for a given category, feel free to share. Think twice about putting 2010s as we lack perspective on how time will treat this decade of films. If you feel that at least one nominee wouldn’t make a great winner, put another year. 🙂

    Best
    Director – 1950

    George
    Cukor, Born Yesterday

    John
    Huston, The Asphalt Jungle

    *Joseph
    L. Mankiewicz, All About Eve

    Carol
    Reed, The Third Man

    Billy
    Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

    Five amazing directors behind movie classics in a big range of genres. Not a single weak link here which is rare.
     

    Best
    Actress – 1962

    *Anne
    Bancroft, The Miracle Worker

    Bette
    Davis, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Katharine
    Hepburn, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    Geraldine
    Page, Sweet Bird of Youth

    Lee
    Remick, Days of Wine and Roses

    There’s not much talk about Remick but there’s nobody to deny that she’s worthy of a nomination against stunning Jack Lemmon in “Days…”. Remaining 4 are still remembered as amazing performances, deserving win for Bancroft and rewarding, career defining roles from Davis, Page and Hepburn.
     

    Best
    Original Screenplay – 1994

    Woody
    Allen & Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway

    Richard
    Curtis, Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Peter
    Jackson & Fran Walsh, Heavenly Creatures

    Krzysztof
    Kieślowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Three Colors: Red
    *Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary, Pulp Fiction 
      

     
    There’s no way “Pulp Fiction” would lose it (strangely it didn’t win any other Oscar) but I can’t think of any other year with higher quality – early peak from Jackson, middle-career peak from Allen, late peak from Kieslowski and start of a new subgenre – critically acclaimed and commercially successful British romantic comedy. I love all 5. 

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    Anonymous
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    2006 – Best Actress: Dench, Mirren, Streep, Cruz and Winslet. ALL would have been very deserving of the win.

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    Lantzer
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    1996 Best Actress
    Susan Sarandon
    Elizabeth Shue
    Sharon Stone
    Meryl Streep
    Emma Thompson 

    I loved all 5 of these performances. 

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    RobertPius
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    For Supporting Actress I like 1976.

    Piper Laurie, Carrie

    Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver

    Jane Alexander, All the President’s Men

    Lee Grant, Voyage of the Damned

    and winner Beatrice Straight, Network

    and they were all legit supporting performances 

     

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    1976 Best Picture fields impressive nominees. Rocky, Network, Bound for Glory, Taxi Driver, and All the President’s Men are all classics

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    keithw
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    Best Actress 1974 –
    Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist
    Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
    Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes Winter Dreams
    Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty
    Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class

    Every single one of them would have been a deserving winner.

    Best Supporting Actress 1973 –
    Susan Tyrell, Fat City
    Jeannie Berlin, The Heartbreak Kid
    Geraldine Page, Pete n Tillie
    Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure
    Eileen Heckart, Butterflies Are Free

    Once again, every single one of them would have been a great choice. 

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    jscushing
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    Best Supporting Actress 2006. Blanchett, Kikuchi, Barraza, Hudson & Breslin all had great performances. Kikuchi or Blanchett were my personal winners that year.

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    KyleBailey
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    Best Actor 2005 

    Philip Seymour Hoffman “Capote”
    Heath Ledger “Brokeback Mountain”
    Joaquin Phoenix “Walk the Line”
    David Stratharirn “Good Night, and Good Luck”
    Terrence Howard “Hustle and Flow”

    (I would have swapped Howard for Nathan Lane “The Producers” but he still was a worthy nominee)

    Actress 

    2010 

    Natalie Portman “Black Swan” 
    Nicole Kidman “Rabbit Hole” 
    Jennifer Lawrence “Winter’s Bone” 
    Annette Bening “The Kid’s Are All Right” 
    Michelle Williams “Blue Valentine” 

    (Though I would have swapped Williams with Emma Stone “Easy A” and Julianne Moore for Kids with Annette. Still a fantastic line up) 

    Supporting Actor 

    2012 

    Christoph Waltz “Django Unchained” 
    Robert DiNero “Silver Linings Playbook” 
    Tommy Lee Jones “Lincoln” 
    Philip Seymour Hoffman “The Master” 
    Alan Arkin “Argo” 

    Supporting Actress 

    2003 

    Renee Zellweger “Cold Mountain” 
    Holly Hunter “Thirteen” 
    Marcia Gay Harden “Mystic River” 
    Shohreh Aghdashloo “House of Sand and Fog” 
    Patricia Clarkson “Pieces of April” 

     

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    marcelo
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    Best Actrees 1988:
    Jodie Foster
    Sigourney Weaver
    Meryl Streep
    Glenn Close
    Melanie Griffith 

    Best Actor 1993:
    Tom Hanks
    Anthony Hopkins
    Daniel Day Lewis
    Liam Neeson
    Laurence Fishburn

    Best Director 1993:
    Steven Spielberg
    Jane Campion
    James Ivory
    Jim Sheridan
    Robert Altmann

    Best Picture 1979
    Kramer vs Kramer
    Apocalypse Now
    All That Jazz
    Breaking Away
    Norma Rae

     

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    Madson Melo
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    1975 Best Picture:

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Nashville
    Jaws
    Barry Lyndon
    Dog Day Afternoon

    UNBEATABLE!

    The year that Sarandon won is the best line up of BA of ALL TIME. Hepburn’s win for Lion in the Winter and Hunter’s Years are also AMAHZING!

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    Eduardo Galhardo
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    Best Picture 2002

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

    Best Director 2002

    Roman Polanski, The Pianist
    Pedro Almodóvar, Talk to Her
    Stephen Daldry, The Hours
    Rob Marshall, Chicago
    Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York

    Best Actor 2015

    Leonado DiCaprio, The Revenant
    Bryan Craston, Trumbo
    Matt Damon, The Martian
    Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

    Best Actress 1988

    Jodie Foster,The Accused 
    Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons
    Melanie Griffith, Working Girl
    Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark
    Sigourney Weaver,Gorillas in the Mist

    Best Supporting Actor 1999

    Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules
    Tom Cruise, Magnolia
    Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile
    Jude Law, The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense

    Best Supporting Actress 2015

    Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
    Jennifer Jason Leight, The Hateful Eight
    Rooney Mara, Carol
    Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
    Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

    Best Original Screenplay 1982

    Gandhi
    Diner
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    Tootsie

    Best Adapted Screenplay 1986

    Out of Africa
    The Color Purple
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Prizzi’s Honor
    The Trip to Bountiful

    Best Foreign Language Film 1998

    Life Is Beautiful
    Central Station
    Children of Heaven
    The Grandfather
    Tango

    Best Animated Feature 2005

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    Corpse Bride
    Howl’s Moving Castle

    Best Original Score 2000

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Chocolat
    Gladiator
    Malèna
    The Patriot

    Best Original Song 1991

    “Beauty and the Beast” – Beauty and the Beast
    “Be our Guest” – Beauty and the Beast
    “Belle” – Beauty and the Beast
    “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    “When You’ re Alone” – Hook

    Best Cinematography 2015

    The Revenant
    Carol
    The Hateful Eight
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Sicario

    Best Film Editing 2002

    Chicago
    Gangs of New York
    The Hours
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two towers
    The Pianist

    Best Production Design 2001

    Moulin Rouge!
    Amélie
    Gosford Park
    Harry potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    Best Costume Design 2006

    Marie Antoinette
    Curse of the Golden Flower
    The Devil Wears Prada
    Dreamgirls
    The Queen

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling 2004

    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
    The Passion of the Christ
    The Sea Inside

    Best Visual Effects 2012

    Life of Pi
    Marvel’s The Avengers
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Prometheus
    Snow White and the Huntsman

    Best Sound Editing 2009

    The Hurt Locker
    Avatar
    Inglourious Basterds
    Star Trek
    Up

    Best Sound Mixing 2014

    Whiplash
    American Sniper
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Interstellar
    Unbroken

     

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    MrScreenAddict
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    Imo, the greatest Best Actor lineup of all time was in 1972:

    Marlon Brando, The Godfather
    Michael Caine, Sleuth
    Peter O’Toole, The Ruling Class
    Laurence Olivier, Sleuth
    Paul Winfield, Sounder

    Winfield is obviously the link here, but one category that contains Brando, Caine, O’Toole AND Olivier all at the same time? Get outta here.  

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    keithw
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    Paul Winfield was a Supporting Actor in “Sounder”.  His spot could have gone to Max Von Sydow in “The Emigrants”.  

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    Best Picture – 1939

    “Dark Victory”
    “Gone with the Wind”
    “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”
    “Love Affair”
    “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
    “Ninotchka”
    “Of Mice and Men”
    “Stagecoach”
    “The Wizard of Oz”
    “Wuthering Heights”

    Best Director – 1974

    John Cassavetes, “A Woman Under the Influence”
    Francis Ford Coppola, “The Godfather Part II”
    Bob Fosse, “Lenny”
    Roman Polanski, “Chinatown”
    Francois Truffaut, “Day for Night”

    Best Lead Actor – 1982

    Dustin Hoffman, “Tootsie”
    Ben Kingsley, “Gandhi”
    Jack Lemmon, “Missing”
    Paul Newman, “The Verdict”
    Peter O’Toole, “My Favorite Year”

    Best Lead Actress – 1974

    Ellen Burstyn, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”
    Diahann Carroll, “Claudine”
    Faye Dunaway, “Chinatown”
    Valerie Perrine, “Lenny”
    Gena Rowlands, “A Woman Under the Influence”

    Best Supporting Actor – 1981

    Judd Hirsch, “Ordinary People”
    Timothy Hutton, “Ordinary People”
    Michael O’Keefe, “The Great Santini”
    Joe Pesci, “Raging Bull”
    Jason Robards, “Melvin and Howard”

    Best Supporting Actress – 1962

    Mary Badham, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    Patty Duke, “The Miracle Worker”
    Shirley Knight, “Sweet Bird of Youth”
    Angela Lansbury, “The Manchurian Candidate”
    Thelma Ritter, “Birdman of Alcatraz”

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    Jake
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    The only time when Best Original Song category was filled with 5 tracks that reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100.

    1984:
    “Against All Odds”
    “Footloose”
    “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (from “The Woman in Red”) – WINNER
    “Let’s Hear It from the Boy” (from “Footloose”)
    “Ghostbusters” 

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