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->'''Creator/BobHope:''' I can't go on! [[LostAtSea No food, no water!]] ItsAllMyFault. [[DeathIsDramatic We're done for! It's got me. I can't stand it!]] [[MadnessMantra No food, nothing! No food, no water! No food!]] '''[[LaughingMad HAHAHAHAHA!!]]'''\\
'''Music/BingCrosby:''' What's the matter with you, anyway? [[NotSoDire There's New York]]! We'll be picked up in a few minutes!\\
'''Bob Hope:''' (''snaps out of it'') You had to open your big mouth and ruin [[EndOfSeriesAwareness the only good scene I got in the picture]]. I might've [[OscarBait won the Academy Award!]]
-->-- ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]]''

Here on the internet, people usually think of the awards presented by the ''Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'' as "that thing where Billy Crystal does a musical medley, runs overtime and has even made a cliche of [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] that fact, [[AwardSnub snubbed]] ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', and ''Film/PulpFiction'' for best picture, gave that award to ''only one'' of the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films, left ''Film/HarryPotter'' empty handed and thought ''Film/{{Tron}}'' was 'cheating' by [[GoodOldWays using CGI]]".

First of all, that implies that "TrueArt Is Nerdy", and we shouldn't go there. Second of all, there is a lot more to the Academy Awards than that. Of note though, '''Before''' ''Film/ANewHope'' at least four of the five nominees for Best Picture were in the top-ten grossing pictures of that year. The auteur movement of the 1970s [[ItsPopularNowItSucks caused a separation of 'art' and 'popular']]. Though ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' WAS still nominated for Best Picture, it lost the Oscar to ''Film/AnnieHall''. From then on, it was only rarely that a top-grossing film was also a nominee. Notable Exceptions were ''ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' in 1982, ''Film/RainMan'' in 1988, ''Film/ForrestGump'' in 1994, ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' in 1997, ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy in 2001-2003, ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' in 2009, and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' in 2010.

Admittedly, the award, known as TheOscar (the event itself wasn't ''officially'' named The Oscars until the 2013 ceremony), seems like just a way for Hollywood to suck up to itself, but its purpose was originally to encourage better filmmaking as well as promote the industry. The Academy is not actually a school, but a collection of people in the film industry that is dedicated to the advancement of films. Again, The Oscar was meant to help that along. (It's no coincidence that many nominated films -- especially the more obscure ones -- receive DVD and Blu-ray release within days of the ceremony, win or lose.)

It's just that from the beginning, everyone knew the prestige it would hold, and the various forms of OscarBait almost immediately followed.

Related tropes include OscarBait, VindicatedByHistory, and a great deal of AwardSnub. Mostly, it's another AwardShow -- albeit the most famous.
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The following are some specific historical retrospectives concerning certain practices of the academy:
* The first Oscar ceremony involved quite a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
** There was no "Best Picture Award" given, but instead, two oddly redundant awards--Most Outstanding Production, which went to ''Wings'', and Most Unique and Artistic Quality of Production, which went to ''Sunrise''. After that first ceremony the Unique and Artistic Quality award was discontinued and a single Best Production Award was instituted, with the name later changed to Best Picture. ''Wings'' is often listed as the sole "Best Picture" winner at the first ceremony. (Both categories are included in the list below).
** Winners were announced in advance, for the only time.
** Runner-up awards were given, for the only time.
** An award for Best Title Writing was given out. With the silent film era rapidly drawing to a close, the award was never given again.
** Two Best Director awards were given, one for drama and one for comedy. Starting with the second Oscars only one directing award was given out.
** For each of the first three Academy Awards, the Best Actor and Best Actress awards were given for the best body of work within a year, rather than for an individual performance.
* In the 2009 Oscars, the late Creator/HeathLedger won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', a first for a superhero film, and sparking a debate about whether DeadArtistsAreBetter. Ledger was only the second actor to win a posthumous Oscar, the first being Peter Finch, Best Leading Actor, who won at the 1977 ceremony for ''Film/{{Network}}''. Curiously, both actors were Australian.
* As evidenced by ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return Of The King]]'''s sweep, the Academy ''is'' willing to give a serious look to non-mundane films as worthy of the Academy's highest honors in writing and directing in addition to the technical awards which such films can usually garner (although the fact ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' had such a significant pedigree before being adapted probably didn't hurt matters much). Although the Academy was knocked for not awarding the first two films in the trilogy similar honors, ''King's'' sweep is almost universally considered a recognition of the complete trilogy, as opposed to simply one film.
* Animated works have also undergone a major transformation. Back when studios still had theater cartoons, the Animated Short Subject feature was an award which studios clamored for. These days, animated works are most likely to be avant-garde subjects which most people are unlikely to ever see (unless, of course, the studio that produced them [[{{Pixar}} later becomes very famous]]) aside from the festival circuit. A Best Animated Film category was introduced in 2001 that allowed high-profile cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' a chance to be honored without the potential "embarrassment" of an animated film being nominated for Best Picture, as Disney's ''Beauty and the Beast'' was in the early 1990s.
* Since 1945, the Best Picture Oscar has gone to the film that simply received the most votes; starting with the 2010 Academy Awards, the Academy returned to the original voting format: voters rank the nominated films from best to worst, and then the votes will be tallied up to determine which film wins the award. One could argue that this was done to ensure that all of the nominated films will be on a level playing field and (along with the extra five nominations) help to placate the people who complained about the Best Picture snubs from the 2009 awards.
** [[http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-10-30-10oscars30_CV_N.htm This USA Today article with an interactive graphic]] explains the voting procedure perfectly.
* The award for Best Documentary Feature has also suffered from having a rather strange definition -- documentaries can be disqualified for airing on TV too soon as well as for involving the use of too much archival footage. This says nothing about the fact that until ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' won in 2002, it was fairly rare for any Academy Award-winning documentaries to be available to the common public at all. Five of the six winners before ''Bowling for Columbine'' all involved Jews being killed as a result of antisemitism. NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat (the films that is, not [[DudeNotFunny antisemitism]]), but people would raise eyebrows if this were the topic of the Best Picture nominee with that kind of frequency. Before that, there was the ''Hoop Dreams'' [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110057/trivia snub of 1994]].
** Since ''Bowling for Columbine'', though, the award has come under the same scrutiny as most other major categories, and most winners, while not all are as famous as ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth'' or ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'', can usually be found at your local video store.
** The nature of the category also allows for some oddities, such as installments of non-American television series being nominated as long as the documentaries haven't aired in the US; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation current affairs program ''TheFifthEstate'' received several such nominations as a result.
* The [[AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm Foreign Language film]] category is also notorious for extremely complicated rules and a country can only submit one film to the Academy for nomination consideration. It's also subject to the rules about television airings; Japan wanted to submit ''Shall We Dance?'' in 1997, but it had already had a TV airing in its home country and was disqualified. (They submitted ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' instead; it didn't get a nomination.)
* Until 2010, no woman had ever won the Best Director award. Kathryn Bigelow was the first, winning for ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' -- beating out her ex-husband, James Cameron[[note]]Cameron had already won ''three'' Oscars for ''Film/{{Titanic}}''.[[/note]] (for ''Avatar'') in the process. Both the AnimationAgeGhetto and SciFiGhetto were ignored this year, as ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{District 9}}'' were all up for Best Picture. That said, the "[[ItsPopularNowItSucks blockbuster rule]]" prevailed--''Avatar'' only won three technical awards, while ''The Hurt Locker'' became the lowest-grossing movie to ever win Best Picture.
* As of 2013, AMPAS has retired the name "Academy Awards", referring to the ceremony only as [[http://www.thewrap.com/awards/column-post/ampas-drops-85th-academy-awards-now-its-just-oscars-78211 "The Oscars".]] It also, at least for the 2013 awards, no longer numbers the ceremony.
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!!Films with Best Picture wins or nominations and pages on this wiki include:
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* Film/{{Sunrise}} (Unique and Artistic Production) (1927-28 '''winner''')
* Film/TheCrowd: (Unique and Artistic Production): (1927-28 nominee)
* Film/{{Wings}} (Best Production) (1927-28 '''winner''')
* Film/TheRacket (1927-28 nominee)
* [[Film/SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]] (1927-28 nominee)
* Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront (1929-30 '''winner''')
* Film/GrandHotel (1931-32 '''winner''')
* Film/TheChamp (1931-32 nominee)
* Film/TheSmilingLieutenant (1931-32 nominee)
* Film/{{Cavalcade}} (1932-33 '''winner''')
* Literature/AFarewellToArms (1932-33 nominee)
* Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang (1932-33 nominee)
* [[Film/FortySecondStreet 42nd Street]] (1932-33 nominee)
* Film/LadyForADay (1932-33 nominee)
* Literaure/LittleWomen (1932-33 nominee)
* Film/SheDoneHimWrong (1932-33 nominee)
* Film/ItHappenedOneNight (1934 '''winner''')
* Film/TheThinMan (1934 nominee)
* Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty (1935 '''winner''')
* Film/CaptainBlood (1935 nominee)
* Literature/DavidCopperfield (1935 nominee)
* Literature/LesMiserables (1935 nominee)
* Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream (1935 nominee)
* Film/TheGreatZiegfeld (1936 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Dodsworth}} (1936 nominee)
* Film/LibeledLady (1936 nominee)
* Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown (1936 nominee)
* Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet (1936 nominee)
* Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities (1936 nominee)
* Film/TheLifeOfEmileZola (1937 '''winner''')
* Film/TheAwfulTruth (1937 nominee)
* Literature/TheGoodEarth (1937 nominee)
* Film/LostHorizon (1937 nominee)
* Film/AStarIsBorn (1937 nominee)
* Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou (1938 '''winner''')
* Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood (1938 nominee)
* Film/TheGrandIllusion (1938 nominee)
* Film/{{Jezebel}} (1938 nominee)
* Film/GoneWithTheWind (1939 '''winner''')
* Film/DarkVictory (1939 nominee)
* Film/GoodbyeMrChips (1939 nominee)
* Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington (1939 nominee)
* Film/{{Ninotchka}} (1939 nominee)
* Film/{{Stagecoach}} (1939 nominee)
* Film/TheWizardOfOz (1939 nominee)
* Literature/WutheringHeights (1939 nominee)
* Literature/{{Rebecca}} (1940 '''winner''')
* Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath (1940 nominee)
* Film/TheGreatDictator (1940 nominee)
* Film/TheLetter (1940 nominee)
* Film/TheLongVoyageHome (1940 nominee)
* Theatre/OurTown (1940 nominee)
* Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory (1940 nominee)
* Literature/HowGreenWasMyValley (1941 '''winner''')
* Film/CitizenKane (1941 nominee)
* Film/TheMalteseFalcon (1941 nominee)
* Film/SergeantYork (1941 nominee)
* Film/{{Suspicion}} (1941 nominee)
* Film/MrsMiniver (1942 '''winner''')
* Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons (1942 nominee)
* Film/YankeeDoodleDandy (1942 nominee)
* Film/{{Casablanca}} (1943 '''winner''')
* Film/TheOxBowIncident (1943 nominee)
* Film/HeavenCanWait1943 (1943 nominee)
* Film/TheSongOfBernadette (1943 nominee)
* Film/WatchOnTheRhine (1943 nominee)
* Film/DoubleIndemnity (1944 nominee)
* Film/{{Gaslight}} (1944 nominee)
* Film/SinceYouWentAway (1944 nominee)
* Film/TheLostWeekend (1945 '''winner''')
* Film/AnchorsAweigh (1945 nominee)
* MildredPierce (1945 nominee)
* Film/{{Spellbound}} (1945 nominee)
* Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives (1946 '''winner''')
* Theatre/HenryV (1946 nominee)
* Film/ItsAWonderfulLife (1946 nominee)
* Film/GentlemansAgreement (1947 '''winner''')
* Literature/GreatExpectations (1947 nominee)
* Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet (1947 nominee)
* Theatre/{{Hamlet}} (1948 '''winner''')
* Film/TheRedShoes1948 (1948 nominee)
* Film/TheSnakePit (1948 nominee)
* Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre (1948 nominee)
* Literature/AllTheKingsMen (1949 '''winner''')
* [[Literature/WashingtonSquare The Heiress]] (1949 nominee)
* Film/ALetterToThreeWives (1949 nominee)
* Film/AllAboutEve (1950 '''winner''')
* Theatre/BornYesterday (1950 nominee)
* Literature/KingSolomonsMines (1950 nominee)
* Film/SunsetBoulevard (1950 nominee)
* Film/AnAmericanInParis (1951 '''winner''')
* Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire (1951 nominee)
* Film/TheGreatestShowOnEarth (1952 '''winner''')
* Film/HighNoon (1952 nominee)
* Literature/{{Ivanhoe}} (1952 nominee)
* Film/TheQuietMan (1952 nominee)
* Film/FromHereToEternity (1953 '''winner''')
* Theatre/JuliusCaesar (1953 nominee)
* Film/TheRobe (1953 nominee)
* Film/RomanHoliday (1953 nominee)
* Film/{{Shane}} (1953 nominee)
* Film/OnTheWaterfront (1954 '''winner''')
* Literature/TheCaineMutiny (1954 nominee)
* Film/SevenBridesForSevenBrothers (1954 nominee)
* Film/{{Marty}} (1955 '''winner''')
* Literature/MisterRoberts (1955 nominee)
* Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays (1956 '''winner''')
* Theatre/TheKingAndI (1956 nominee)
* Film/TheTenCommandments (1956 nominee)
* Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai (1957 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Sayonara}} (1957 nominee)
* Film/TwelveAngryMen (1957 nominee)
* Film/WitnessForTheProsecution (1957 nominee)
* Film/{{Gigi}} (1958 '''winner''')
* Literature/AuntieMame (1958 nominee)
* Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof (1958 nominee)
* Film/BenHur (1959 '''winner''')
* Film/AnatomyOfAMurder (1959 nominee)
* Theatre/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank (1959 nominee)
* Film/TheApartment (1960 '''winner''')
* Film/TheAlamo (1960 nominee)
* Literature/ElmerGantry (1960 nominee)
* Film/WestSideStory (1961 '''winner''')
* Film/TheGunsOfNavarone (1961 nominee)
* Film/TheHustler (1961 nominee)
* Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg (1961 nominee)
* Film/LawrenceOfArabia (1962 '''winner''')
* Film/TheLongestDay (1962 nominee)
* Theatre/TheMusicMan (1962 nominee)
* Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty (1962 nominee)
* Film/ToKillAMockingbird (1962 nominee)
* [[Literature/TheHistoryOfTomJonesAFoundling Tom Jones]] (1963 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Cleopatra}} (1963 nominee)
* Film/HowTheWestWasWon (1963 nominee)
* Theatre/MyFairLady (1964 '''winner''')
* Film/DrStrangelove (1964 nominee)
* Film/MaryPoppins (1964 nominee)
* Film/ZorbaTheGreek (1964 nominee)
* Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic (1965 '''winner''')
* Film/DoctorZhivago (1965 nominee)
* Film/ShipOfFools (1965 nominee)
* Theatre/AManForAllSeasons (1966 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Alfie}} (1966 nominee)
* Film/TheRussiansAreComingTheRussiansAreComing (1966 nominee)
* Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf? (1966 nominee)
* Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight (1967 '''winner''')
* Film/BonnieAndClyde (1967 nominee)
* Film/TheGraduate (1967 nominee)
* Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner (1967 nominee)
* Theatre/{{Oliver}} (1968 '''winner''')
* Theatre/FunnyGirl (1968 nominee)
* Theatre/TheLionInWinter (1968 nominee)
* Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet (1968 nominee)
* Film/MidnightCowboy (1969 '''winner''')
* Theatre/AnneOfTheThousandDays (1969 nominee)
* Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid (1969 nominee)
* Theatre/HelloDolly (1969 nominee)
* Film/{{Z}} (1969 nominee)
* Film/{{Patton}} (1970 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Airport}} (1970 nominee)
* Film/FiveEasyPieces (1970 nominee)
* Film/LoveStory (1970 nominee)
* [[Film/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]] (1970 nominee)
* Film/TheFrenchConnection (1971 '''winner''')
* Film/AClockworkOrange (1971 nominee)
* FiddlerOnTheRoof (1971 nominee)
* Film/TheLastPictureShow (1971 nominee)
* Film/TheGodfather (1972 '''winner''')
* Theatre/{{Cabaret}} (1972 nominee)
* Film/{{Deliverance}} (1972 nominee)
* Film/TheSting (1973 '''winner''')
* Film/AmericanGraffiti (1973 nominee)
* Film/TheExorcist (1973 nominee)
* [[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]] (1974 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Chinatown}} (1974 nominee)
* Film/TheConversation (1974 nominee)
* Film/TheToweringInferno (1974 nominee)
* Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest (1975 '''winner''')
* Film/BarryLyndon (1975 nominee)
* Film/DogDayAfternoon (1975 nominee)
* Film/{{Jaws}} (1975 nominee)
* Film/{{Nashville}} (1975 nominee)
* Film/{{Rocky}} (1976 '''winner''')
* Film/AllThePresidentsMen (1976 nominee)
* Film/{{Network}} (1976 nominee)
* Film/TaxiDriver (1976 nominee)
* Film/AnnieHall (1977 '''winner''')
* [[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]] (1977 nominee)
* Film/TheTurningPoint (1977 nominee)
* Film/TheDeerHunter (1978 '''winner''')
* Film/ComingHome (1978 nominee)
* Film/MidnightExpress (1978 nominee)
* Film/KramerVsKramer (1979 '''winner''')
* Film/AllThatJazz (1979 nominee)
* Film/ApocalypseNow (1979 nominee)
* Film/BreakingAway (1979 nominee)
* Literature/OrdinaryPeople (1980 '''winner''')
* Film/TheElephantMan (1980 nominee)
* Film/RagingBull (1980 nominee)
* Film/ChariotsOfFire (1981 '''winner''')
* Theatre/OnGoldenPond (1981 nominee)
* Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk (1981 nominee)
* Film/{{Reds}} (1981 nominee)
* Film/{{Gandhi}} (1982 '''winner''')
* Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial (1982 nominee)
* Film/{{Missing}} (1982 nominee)
* Film/{{Tootsie}} (1982 nominee)
* Film/TheVerdict (1982 nominee)
* Film/TermsOfEndearment (1983 '''winner''')
* Film/TheBigChill (1983 nominee)
* Film/TheRightStuff (1983 nominee)
* Theatre/{{Amadeus}} (1984 '''winner''')
* Film/TheKillingFields (1984 nominee)
* Literature/APassageToIndia (1984 nominee)
* Film/ASoldiersStory (1984 nominee)
* Film/OutOfAfrica (1985 '''winner''')
* Literature/TheColorPurple (1985 nominee)
* Literature/KissOfTheSpiderWoman (1985 nominee)
* Film/PrizzisHonor (1985 nominee)
* Film/{{Witness}}: (1985 nominee)
* Film/{{Platoon}} (1986 '''winner''')
* Film/HannahAndHerSisters (1986 nominee)
* Film/TheMission (1986 nominee)
* Film/TheLastEmperor (1987 '''winner''')
* Film/BroadcastNews (1987 nominee)
* Film/FatalAttraction (1987 nominee)
* Film/{{Moonstruck}} (1987 nominee)
* Film/RainMan (1988 '''winner''')
* Literature/DangerousLiaisons (1988 nominee)
* Film/MississippiBurning (1988 nominee)
* Film/WorkingGirl (1988 nominee)
* Theatre/DrivingMissDaisy (1989 '''winner''')
* Film/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly (1989 nominee)
* Film/DeadPoetsSociety (1989 nominee)
* Film/FieldOfDreams (1989 nominee)
* Film/MyLeftFoot (1989 nominee)
* Film/DancesWithWolves (1990 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Awakenings}} (1990 nominee)
* Film/{{Ghost}} (1990 nominee)
* [[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part III]] (1990 nominee)
* Film/{{Goodfellas}} (1990 nominee)
* Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs (1991 '''winner''')
* Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast (1991 nominee)
* Film/{{Bugsy}} (1991 nominee)
* Film/{{JFK}} (1991 nominee)
* Film/{{Unforgiven}} (1992 '''winner''')
* Film/TheCryingGame (1992 nominee)
* Film/AFewGoodMen (1992 nominee)
* Literature/HowardsEnd (1992 nominee)
* Film/ScentOfAWoman (1992 nominee)
* Film/SchindlersList (1993 '''winner''')
* Film/TheFugitive (1993 nominee)
* Film/InTheNameOfTheFather (1993 nominee)
* Film/ThePiano (1993 nominee)
* Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay (1993 nominee)
* Film/ForrestGump (1994 '''winner''')
* Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral (1994 nominee)
* Film/PulpFiction (1994 nominee)
* Film/QuizShow (1994 nominee)
* Film/TheShawshankRedemption (1994 nominee)
* Film/{{Braveheart}} (1995 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Apollo 13}} (1995 nominee)
* Film/{{Babe}} (1995 nominee)
* Film/{{Il Postino}} (1995 nominee)
* Film/SenseAndSensibility (1995 nominee)
* Film/TheEnglishPatient (1996 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Fargo}} (1996 nominee)
* Film/JerryMaguire (1996 nominee)
* Film/{{Shine}} (1996 nominee)
* Film/{{Titanic}} (1997 '''winner''')
* Film/AsGoodAsItGets (1997 nominee)
* TheFullMonty (1997 nominee)
* Film/GoodWillHunting (1997 nominee)
* Film/LAConfidential'(1997 nominee)
* Film/ShakespeareInLove (1998 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Elizabeth}} (1998 nominee)
* Film/LifeIsBeautiful (1998 nominee)
* Film/SavingPrivateRyan (1998 nominee)
* Film/TheThinRedLine (1998 nominee)
* Film/AmericanBeauty (1999 '''winner''')
* Literature/TheCiderHouseRules (1999 nominee)
* Film/TheGreenMile (1999 nominee)
* Film/TheInsider (1999 nominee)
* Film/TheSixthSense (1999 nominee)
* Film/{{Gladiator}} (2000 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Chocolat}} (2000 nominee)
* Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon (2000 nominee)
* Film/ErinBrockovich (2000 nominee)
* Film/{{Traffic}} (2000 nominee)
* Film/ABeautifulMind (2001 '''winner''')
* Film/GosfordPark (2001 nominee)
* [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]] (2001 nominee)
* Film/MoulinRouge (2001 nominee)
* Film/{{Chicago}} (2002 '''winner''')
* Film/GangsOfNewYork (2002 nominee)
* Literature/TheHours (2002 nominee)
* [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]] (2002 nominee)
* Film/ThePianist (2002 nominee)
* [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]] (2003 '''winner''')
* Film/LostInTranslation (2003 nominee)
* [[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World]] (2003 nominee)
* Film/MysticRiver (2003 nominee)
* Film/{{Seabiscuit}} (2003 nominee)
* Film/MillionDollarBaby (2004 '''winner''')
* Film/TheAviator (2004 nominee)
* Film/FindingNeverland (2004 nominee)
* Film/{{Sideways}} (2004 nominee)
* Film/{{Crash}} (2005 '''winner''')
* Film/BrokebackMountain (2005 nominee)
* Film/{{Capote}} (2005 nominee)
* ''Film/GoodNightAndGoodLuck'' (2005 nominee)
* Film/{{Munich}} (2005 nominee)
* Film/TheDeparted (2006 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Babel}} (2006 nominee)
* Film/LettersFromIwoJima (2006 nominee)
* Film/LittleMissSunshine (2006 nominee)
* Film/TheQueen (2006 nominee)
* Film/NoCountryForOldMen (2007 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Atonement}} (2007 nominee)
* Film/{{Juno}} (2007 nominee)
* Film/MichaelClayton (2007 nominee)
* Film/ThereWillBeBlood (2007 nominee)
* Film/SlumdogMillionaire (2008 '''winner''')
* Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton (2008 nominee)
* Film/FrostNixon (2008 nominee)
* Film/{{Milk}} (2008 nominee)
* Literature/TheReader (2008 nominee)
* Film/TheHurtLocker (2009 '''winner''')
* Film/{{Avatar}} (2009 nominee)
* Film/TheBlindSide (2009 nominee)
* Film/{{District 9}} (2009 nominee)
* Film/AnEducation (2009 nominee)
* Film/InglouriousBasterds (2009 nominee)
* [[Literature/{{Push}} Precious]] (2009 nominee)
* Film/ASeriousMan (2009 nominee)
* WesternAnimation/{{Up}} (2009 nominee)
* Literature/UpInTheAir (2009 nominee)
* Film/TheKingsSpeech (2010 '''winner''')
* Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours (2010 nominee)
* Film/BlackSwan (2010 nominee)
* Film/TheFighter (2010 nominee)
* Film/{{Inception}} (2010 nominee)
* Film/TheKidsAreAllRight (2010 nominee)
* Film/TheSocialNetwork (2010 nominee)
* WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 (2010 nominee)
* Film/TrueGrit (2010 nominee)
* Film/WintersBone (2010 nominee)
* Film/TheArtist (2011 '''winner''')
* Film/TheDescendants (2011 nominee)
* Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose (2011 nominee)
* Film/TheHelp (2011 nominee)
* Film/{{Hugo}} (2011 nominee)
* Film/MidnightInParis (2011 nominee)
* Film/{{Moneyball}} (2011 nominee)
* Film/TheTreeOfLife (2011 nominee)
* Literature/WarHorse (2011 nominee)
* Film/{{Argo}} (2012 '''winner''')
* Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild (2012 nominee)
* Film/DjangoUnchained (2012 nominee)
* Film/LesMiserables2012 (2012 nominee)
* Literature/LifeOfPi (2012 nominee)
* Film/{{Lincoln}} (2012 nominee)
* Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook (2012 nominee)
* Film/ZeroDarkThirty (2012 nominee)
* Film/TwelveYearsASlave (2013 '''winner''')
* Film/AmericanHustle (2013 nominee)
* Film/CaptainPhillips (2013 nominee)
* Film/DallasBuyersClub (2013 nominee)
* Film/{{Gravity}} (2013 nominee)
* Film/{{Her}} (2013 nominee)
* Film/{{Nebraska}} (2013 nominee)
* Film/{{Philomena}} (2013 nominee)
* Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet (2013 nominee)
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