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    Of course, once the winners have settled it’s hard to really be “excited” anymore about past seasons, or admit tension. But what are some of people’s memories of Oscar seasons they were the most excited or nervous about? This year happens to have quite a few categories- at least for me, and I will mention some recent years I remember with the respective categories in which I was biting my nails to find out the outcome:

    2013

    Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity or American Hustle?

    Best Actor: McConaughey, DiCaprio, Dern or Ejiofor? (still think this is a race)

    Best Actress: I’m just biting my fingernails because I am SO invested in Blanchett winning. 

    Best Supporting Actress:  Lawrence or Nyong’o (or can Squibb spoil?)

    Best Original Screenplay: Her or American Hustle 

    Both Production Design & Costume- seem up for grabs

    Best Song: Another competitive race 

    2012

    Best Director: Ang Lee or Steven Spielberg

    Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence or Emmanuelle Riva (with Chastain still a darkhorse)

    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Arkin or Robert De Niro (didn’t see Hoffman as competitive)

    Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained or Amour

    Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo or Lincoln (or Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Sound-Editing: Ended up being a tie- was a tossup for me 

    Best Production Design: A tossup race; went to Lincoln

    2002

    Best Picture: Chicago or The Pianist

    Best Actor: Adrien Brody, Jack Nicholson or Daniel Day-Lewis

    Best Actress: Nicole Kidman or Renee Zellweger

    Best Director: Roman Polanski, Rob Marshall or Martin Scorsese

    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken or Chris Cooper

    2001

    Best Actor: Denzel Washington or Russell Crowe

    Best Actress: Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman or Sissy Spacek

    2000

    Best Picture: Gladiator, Traffic or Crouching Tiger-Hidden Dragon

    Best Director: Ang Lee, Ridley Scott or Steven Sodebergh

    Best Actor: Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks or Ed Harris

    Best Supporting Actress: Kate Hudson, Judi Dench or Marcia Gay Harden

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    2010 had lots of Great movies vieing for one BP race. I felt it was a really strong year.

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    This year isn’t so bad. When was the last time the BP race was such a toss up? People are still divided right down to the middle as to who’s winning this category.

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    I think this year has been fun. Sure we’ve had 3 of the 4 acting races locked up for weeks now, but the DiCaprio hope is still there making one of those races at least a wishful thinking parade, and there’s the Supporting Actress race also providing fun. Everywhere else things seem to be aligned but then you look back at your predictions and think “no way!” except for Cuaron, Cinematography and Visual Effects. So it’s been fun seeing ourselves and also a lot of the so-called experts just predicting lots of races with a sense of “whatever I can’t deal with this anymore” since a lot of them look locked or correct…..but then they don’t.

    That Supporting Actor race from last year was the craziest thing ever. That was a lot of fun. 

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    I thought last year’s supporting actor race was boring because everyone was a previous winner, and no one had really topped their previous work.

     

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    1988 was 3 Acting surprises out of 4 (Jodie Foster , Kevin Kline, Geena Davis)

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    I see the promos are calling this year “The tightest race ever.” That cannot be true right? They could say that every year, since they never release the vote totals.

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    I’m factoring in how exciting the message boards were as well as the quality of movies: 

    2013: Exciting, unpredictable, GREAT films.

    2012: Strong year for films.  Unpredictable at times (esp the best director shockers), but by the end was fairly predictable.  Overall, an enjoyable awards season.

    2011: Terrible year for movies.  Pretty interesting acting races (except for supporting actor).  But I was happy when the season was over.

    2010: Another terrific year for films.  And the whole King’s Speech surge was compelling (no matter which side you were one).

    2009: A fun year to be on the boards.  I feel like this was a year everyone was at each others’ throats.  Many call it not a super strong year for films, but I personally enjoyed most of the nominees.

    2008: Not that many great films, but still an enjoyable season to follow.  Some fun shockers and races.

    2007: Everyone is obsessed with this year, but I thought it was a snoozefest.  Sure, the quality of films were “great,” if you go by the numbers, but there seemed to be no real passion from anyone (on the boards or from the public) regarding any category.  Interesting supporting actress race, though.

    2006: I enjoyed this year a lot.  Remembering the boards, everyone seemed pretty civil to each other (compared to other years, especially 2009).  I feel like people were generally happy with the quality of films we saw.

    2005: The year that crushed dreams.  The entire season was just the Brokeback Mountain fan club, but then the Crash supporters started making their presence known…  And then…  It was AMAZING.

    2004: Such a great, diverse, constantly changing year.  The races in all of the categories were very interesting.  Another pleasant year for everyone.

    2003: Snooze.

    2002: My first year really following the Oscars!  So I loved every second!

     

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    I’m factoring in how exciting the message boards were as well as the quality of movies: 

    2013: Exciting, unpredictable, GREAT films.

    2012: Strong year for films.  Unpredictable at times (esp the best director shockers), but by the end was fairly predictable.  Overall, an enjoyable awards season.

    2011: Terrible year for movies.  Pretty interesting acting races (except for supporting actor).  But I was happy when the season was over.

    2010: Another terrific year for films.  And the whole King’s Speech surge was compelling (no matter which side you were one).

    2009: A fun year to be on the boards.  I feel like this was a year everyone was at each others’ throats.  Many call it not a super strong year for films, but I personally enjoyed most of the nominees.

    2008: Not that many great films, but still an enjoyable season to follow.  Some fun shockers and races.

    2007: Everyone is obsessed with this year, but I thought it was a snoozefest.  Sure, the quality of films were “great,” if you go by the numbers, but there seemed to be no real passion from anyone (on the boards or from the public) regarding any category.  Interesting supporting actress race, though.

    2006: I enjoyed this year a lot.  Remembering the boards, everyone seemed pretty civil to each other (compared to other years, especially 2009).  I feel like people were generally happy with the quality of films we saw.

    2005: The year that crushed dreams.  The entire season was just the Brokeback Mountain fan club, but then the Crash supporters started making their presence known…  And then…  It was AMAZING.

    2004: Such a great, diverse, constantly changing year.  The races in all of the categories were very interesting.  Another pleasant year for everyone.

    2003: Snooze.

    2002: My first year really following the Oscars!  So I loved every second!

     

    Love this. 

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    This year is pretty fun! All those races you mentioned are up in the air! 

    But in 2001, I’d put Best Picture up there. A Beautiful Mind was the frontrunner, but the smear campaign against it as well as Moulin Rouge’s PGA win makes me think it wasnt all locked up. Hell, even Lord Of The Rings was a spoiler.   I’d also say pundits had remarkable faith in Chicago, which proved to be founded, but it was most likely very close in the voting tally, with The Pianist right behind it. I would just say that pundits thougt it was all locked up at the time and it didn’t look like a close race, just my opinion. 

    2000’s Best Supporting Actress is interesting.  Was Marcia a  serious contender to take it? I feel like it was an open race which clearly helped her, but from what I’ve seen, people tout Hudson as the one to beat.  How could that be, if all the prizes were split that year just like in in 2007? I think she was far from assured, but were people betting on any of the other nominees? 
     

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    This is the first year since 2006 that we’ve gone into Oscar night without an industry-consensus Best Picture. There are three legitimate contenders to win. That’s pretty rare.

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