I like the Oscars. Say what you will, they’re usually pretty good at pegging the best movies of the year. I’ve seen every single Best Picture winner so far and, since 2011, I’ve managed to watch every Best Picture Nominee for their respective years. Some years, I agree with the outcome. Other years…not so much. The following linked reviews are my rankings of the Best Picture Oscar Nominees by star rating, with the actual winner noted in bold. Click through to each review to see why I rated the movie the way I did. Since I’ve only started reviewing movies more thoroughly in the last few years, I’ll fill in the gaps as I get back to watching the nominees and winners again. Movies in italics I haven’t seen recently enough to have a full review (star average might change).

Oscar Years from Best to Worst:

Oscar Statue2015 [4.50-star average]
2014 [4.44-star average]
2013 [4.39-star average]
2017 [4.28-star average]
2011 [4.28-star average]
2019 [4.17-star average]
2012 [4.06-star average]
2018 [3.94-star average]
2016 [3.78-star average]

1917
2019 [4.17-star average]

Bonus! 2019 Best Animated Feature Films:


Green Book

2018 [3.94-star average]

Bonus! 2018 Best Animated Feature Films:


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2017 [4.28-star average]


La La Land

2016 [3.78-star average]


Spotlight

2015 [4.50-star average]

  • Spotlight [5 stars]
  • The Martian [5 stars]
  • The Revenant [4.5 stars]
  • Mad Max: Fury Road [4.5 stars]
  • Room [4.5 stars]
  • Bridge of Spies [4.5 stars]
  • The Big Short [4 stars]
  • Brooklyn [4 stars]

Birdman

2014 [4.44-star average]

  • Birdman [5 stars]
  • Whiplash [4.5 stars]
  • Boyhood [4.5 stars]
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel [4.5 stars]
  • American Sniper [4.5 stars]
  • Selma [4.5 stars]
  • The Imitation Game [4 stars]
  • The Theory of Everything [4 stars]

Gravity

2013 [4.39-star average]

  • Gravity [5 stars]
  • Captain Phillips [5 stars]
  • 12 Years a Slave [5 stars]
  • Her [4.5 stars]
  • Nebraska [4.5 stars]
  • Dallas Buyers Club [4 stars]
  • American Hustle [4 stars]
  • Philomena [4 stars]
  • The Wolf of Wall Street [3.5 stars]

Argo

2012 [4.06-star average]

  • Argo [5 stars]
  • Silver Linings Playbook [4.5 stars]
  • Lincoln [4.5 stars]
  • Amour [4.5 stars]
  • Django Unchained [4 stars]
  • Life of Pi [4 stars]
  • Zero Dark Thirty [3.5 stars]
  • Les Mis√©rables [3.5 stars]
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild [3 stars]

The Artist

2011 [4.28-star average]

  • The Artist [5 stars]
  • Hugo [5 stars]
  • Midnight in Paris [4.5 stars]
  • The Help [4.5 stars]
  • War Horse [4.5 stars]
  • The Descendants [4 stars]
  • Moneyball [4 stars]
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close [4 stars]
  • The Tree of Life [3 stars]

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