Ranking the categories

Posted by · 5:51 am · March 7th, 2010

The Hurt LockerAh, Oscar lists — the gift that keeps giving. I’m not going to ape Kris’s impressive ranking of all the nominated features: we’d have the same #1, for starters, and we’re agreeing on far too many things these days. So here’s something else to play with.

I’ve had a number of emails asking me how I would rank the 10 Best Picture nominees, were I filling out the preferential ballot. I was happy to oblige, but then went a little crazy and applied the same process to all the other races. Hey, Oscar day comes but once a year: get your geek on. With that, my personal Oscar ballot, in full preferential order:

Best Picture
1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “A Serious Man”
3. “An Education”
4. “District 9”
5. “Inglourious Basterds”
6. “Up in the Air”
7. “The Blind Side”
8. “Up”
9. “Avatar”
10. “Precious”

Best Director
1. Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
2. Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
3. Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
4. James Cameron, “Avatar”
5. Lee Daniels, “Precious”

Best Actor
1. Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
2. Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
3. Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
4. George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
5. Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”

Best Actress
1. Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
2. Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
3. Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
4. Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
5. Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”

Best Supporting Actor
1. Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
2. Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
3. Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
4. Matt Damon, “Invictus”
5. Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”

Best Supporting Actress
1. Mo’Nique, “Precious”
2. Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
3. Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
4. Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
5. Penélope Cruz, “Nine”

Best Original Screenplay
1. “A Serious Man”
2. “The Hurt Locker”
3. “The Messenger”
4. “Inglourious Basterds”
5. “Up”

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. “In the Loop”
2. “An Education”
3. “District 9”
4. “Up in the Air”
5. “Precious”

Best Foreign Language Film
1. “A Prophet”
2. “The White Ribbon”
3. “Ajami”
4. “The Secret in Their Eyes”
5. “The Milk of Sorrow”

Best Animated Feature
1. “Coraline”
2. “The Secret of Kells”
3. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
4. “Up”
5. “The Princess and the Frog”

Best Documentary Feature (only three seen)
1. “Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country”
2. “The Cove”
3. “Food, Inc.”

Best Art Direction
1. “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
2. “Sherlock Holmes”
3. “Avatar”
4. “The Young Victoria”
5. “Nine”

Best Cinematography
1. “The White Ribbon”
2. “The Hurt Locker”
3. “Inglourious Basterds”
4. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
5. “Avatar”

Best Costume Design
1. “Bright Star”
2. “Coco Before Chanel”
3. “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
4. “The Young Victoria”
5. “Nine”

Best Film Editing
1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “District 9”
3. “Inglourious Basterds”
4. “Avatar”
5. “Precious”

Best Makeup
1. “Il Divo”
2. “Star Trek”
3. “The Young Victoria”

Best Original Score
1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “Sherlock Holmes”
3. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
4. “Up”
5. “Avatar”

Best Original Song
1. “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
2. “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
3. “Take It All” from “Nine”
4. “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
5. “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”

Best Sound Editing
1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “Avatar”
3. “Star Trek”
4. “Inglourious Basterds”
5. “Up”

Best Sound Mixing
1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “Star Trek”
3. “Avatar”
4. “Inglourious Basterds”
5. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Best Visual Effects
1. “Avatar”
2. “District 9”
3. “Star Trek”

Best Live-Action Short
1. “Instead of Abracadabra”
2. “The Door”
3. “Miracle Fish”
4. “The New Tenants”
5. “Kavi”




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  • 1 3-07-2010 at 5:55 am

    forts said...

    You really hate Disney huh? And Hurt Locker has the Best Score?… Some odd choices but some good ones too

  • 2 3-07-2010 at 5:57 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I love Disney. I just don’t think “The Princess and the Frog” is particularly strong, though I like it well enough.

  • 3 3-07-2010 at 5:58 am

    Ben M. said...

    I would rank best picture this way

    1. Avatar
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. Up
    4. Inglorious Basterds
    5. Precious
    6. Up in the Air
    7. An Education
    8. The Blind Side
    9. A Serious Man
    10. District 9

  • 4 3-07-2010 at 6:10 am

    James D. said...

    Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay are the only categories I saw everything in (well, I didn’t see The Blind Side, but I know I would hate it.)

    Best Picture:
    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. A Serious Man
    4. Up
    5. Up in the Air
    6. A

    Precious, Avatar, Blind Side, An Education,

  • 5 3-07-2010 at 6:11 am

    James D. said...

    Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay are the only categories I saw everything in (well, I didn’t see The Blind Side, but I know I would hate it.)

    Best Picture:
    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. A Serious Man
    4. Up
    5. Up in the Air
    6. An Education
    7. Precious
    8. District 9
    9. Avatar
    10. The Blind Side

    Adapted Screenplay:
    1. In the Loop
    2. Up in the Air
    3. An Education
    4. District 9
    5. Precious

  • 6 3-07-2010 at 6:26 am

    Chase K. said...

    I wish Guy was the lone Academy voter, these would work out perfectly for me.

    And by the way, “White Material” picked up for U.S. distribution by IFC…

  • 7 3-07-2010 at 6:28 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Fantastic news, Chase. Thanks.

  • 8 3-07-2010 at 6:33 am

    Estefan said...

    It’s a shame how willing people seem to be to jump on Princess and the Frog. Seriously under-rated.

    Best Picture:
    1. Avatar
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Up
    4. Up in the Air
    5. A Serious Man
    6. District 9
    7. The Hurt Locker

    Best Actor:
    1. George Clooney
    2. Jeremy Renner

    Best Actress:
    Only seen Meryl Streep

    Best Supporting Actor:
    1. Christoph Waltz
    2. Stanley Tucci

    Best Supporting Actress:
    1. Anna Kendrick
    2. Vera Farmiga

    Best Director:
    1. James Cameron
    2. Quentin Tarantino
    3. Jason Reitman
    4. Kathryn Bigelow

    Best Animated Feature:
    1. The Princess and the Frog
    2. Up
    3. Coraline
    4. Fantastic Mr Fox

    Best Original Screenplay:
    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Up
    3. A Serious Man
    4. The Hurt Locker

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    1. Up in the Air
    2. District 9

    Best Makeup:
    Only seen Star Trek

    Best Original Score:
    1. Up
    2. Sherlock Holmes
    3. Fantastic Mr Fox
    4. Avatar
    5. The Hurt Locker

    Best Original Song:
    1. “Down in New Orleans”
    2. “Almost There”

    Best Sound:
    1. Avatar
    2. Star Trek
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. The Hurt Locker
    5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Best Sound Editing:
    1. Avatar
    2. Star Trek
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. The Hurt Locker
    5. Up

    Best Visual Effects:
    1. Avatar
    2. Star Trek
    3. District 9

    Best Art Direction:
    1. Avatar
    2. Sherlock Holmes

    Best Cinematography:
    1. Avatar
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    4. The Hurt Locker

    Best Film Editing:
    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Avatar
    3. The Hurt Locker
    4. District 9

    Best Animated Short:
    1. The Lady and the Reaper
    2. Wallace & Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death
    3. French Roast
    4. Logorama
    5. Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

  • 9 3-07-2010 at 9:03 am

    Michael said...

    You seriously dislike Avatar. :D. Well, I do too. I am afraid some of your rankings were more influenced by how much you liked the movie than by how much you liked this one detail of the movie. Especially Up and Avatar seemed to suffer from that.

    Nevertheless I can agree with most of your choices. Fine lists.

  • 10 3-07-2010 at 9:15 am

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Best Picture
    1. “A Serious Man”
    2. “Precious”
    3. “The Hurt Locker”
    4. “District 9″
    5. “Inglourious Basterds”
    6. “Up in the Air”
    7. “An Education”

    Best Director
    1. Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
    2. Lee Daniels, “Precious”
    3. Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
    4. Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

    Best Actor
    1. Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
    2. Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
    3. George Clooney, “Up in the Air”

    Best Actress
    1. Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
    2. Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
    3. Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

    Best Supporting Actor
    1. Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    2. Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
    3. Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”

    Best Supporting Actress
    1. Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    2. Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
    3. Penélope Cruz, “Nine”
    4. Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”

    Best Original Screenplay
    1. “A Serious Man”
    2. “The Messenger”
    3. “The Hurt Locker”
    4. “Inglourious Basterds”

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    1. “Precious”
    2. “District 9″
    3. “Up in the Air”
    4. “An Education”

  • 11 3-07-2010 at 9:18 am

    kid said...

    Best Picture:
    Up
    Inglourious Basterds
    Precious
    Up in the Air
    An Education
    A Serious Man
    Avatar
    The Hurt Locker
    District 9
    The Blind Side

    I actually really like every picture nominated but the Blind Side.

  • 12 3-07-2010 at 9:34 am

    Harry said...

    I’ll do the top 10:
    1. Inglorious Basterds
    2. The hurt locker
    3. District 9
    4. Up
    5. Up in the air
    6. The blind Side
    7. Precious
    8. Avatar
    9. An education
    10 A serious man

    best actor:
    Jeremy Renner
    George Clooney
    colin firth
    jeff bridges
    morgan freeman

    best actress
    sandra bullock
    meryl streep
    helen mirren
    gaborey sidibe
    carey mulligan

  • 13 3-07-2010 at 9:39 am

    Craig said...

    Best picture:

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. Up in the Air
    4. A Serious Man
    5. An Education
    6. Up
    7. District 9
    8. The Blind Side
    9. Precious
    10. Avatar

    Best director:

    1. Kathryn Bigelow
    2. Quentin Tarantino
    3. Jason Reitman
    4. James Cameron
    5. Lee Daniels

    Best Actor:

    1. Jeremy Renner
    2. Jeff Bridges
    3. George Clooney
    4. Morgan Freeman

    Best Supporting Actor

    1. Christoph Waltz
    2. Woody Harrelson
    3. Stanley Tucci
    4. Matt Damon

    Best Actress:

    1. Carey Mulligan
    2. Meryl Streep
    3. Sandra Bullock
    4. Gabby Sidibe

    Best Supporting Actress:

    1. Anna Kendrick
    2. Vera Farmiga
    3. Mo’Nique
    4. Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Best Original Screenplay

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. A Serious Man
    4. The Messenger
    5. Up

    Best Adapted Screenplay:

    1. Up in the Air
    2. An Education
    3. District 9
    4. Precious

  • 14 3-07-2010 at 9:39 am

    red_wine said...

    1. The Hurt Locker
    2. Up
    3. Inglorious Basterds
    ————————————-
    4. Up In The Air
    5. An Education
    6. A Serious Man
    ————————————–
    7. Precious
    8. Avatar
    9. District 9
    Haven’t seen Blind side, but I swear I will if she wins. I was holding out for her to seal the deal before watching something I don’t wanna watch at all.

    Ranking them this way, I realize it was a rather poor choice of nominees.

  • 15 3-07-2010 at 9:59 am

    Marshall1 said...

    wow Guy, you would put Bullock ahead of Sidibe and Streep??

  • 16 3-07-2010 at 10:07 am

    Pete said...

    1. Up in the Air
    2. An Education
    3. A Serious Man
    4. The Blind Side
    5. The Hurt Locker
    6. Inglourious Basterds
    7. Up
    8. Avatar
    9. District 9
    10. Precious

    Films 1-5 were essentially about real people; films 6-10 were about fantasy people.

  • 17 3-07-2010 at 10:09 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Marshall: I would. In fact, I think I just did.

  • 18 3-07-2010 at 10:13 am

    Daniel said...

    I agree with Chase, all the way through Instead of Abracadabra and Burma VJ. Also great to see The Secret of Kells at number 2.

    I just have one question, at the risk of whining: why does no one else like The Milk of Sorrow?

  • 19 3-07-2010 at 10:18 am

    m1 said...

    Once again, Mr. Tapley, your BP list is HORRIBLE. How are Up, Avatar, and Precious inferior to The Blind Side? How is D9 better than UITA? These are some OTHER questions which haunt me.

  • 20 3-07-2010 at 10:21 am

    m1 said...

    1 more thing: how is Bullock’s performance better than Streep’s? This is another question which haunts me.

  • 21 3-07-2010 at 10:24 am

    Harry said...

    m1 — YES YES YES — Sandra bullock is the best actress of the year. Avatar is a bore and district 9 is exciting.

    I love Meryl Streep to death, she was hilarious in Julie and Julia but I will not give her a third oscar for that performance when Sandra Bullock is there. If it was “doubt”, that might be a different story.

  • 22 3-07-2010 at 10:28 am

    Rhett said...

    what about Up did you not like? I’m curious.

  • 23 3-07-2010 at 10:40 am

    m1 said...

    Wait, you’re not Mr. Tapley. Mr. LODGE. Okay, got it.

    21-What do you mean? Bullock doesn’t deserve the award AT ALL. And I mean that about the Oscar AND the Razzie.

  • 24 3-07-2010 at 11:15 am

    Marshall1 said...

    I love reading this blog and I know it is your list Guy, but you don’t have to be snarky about it.

  • 25 3-07-2010 at 11:16 am

    Nikki said...

    I like your tastes, Guy Lodge, especially Up besting Avatar. :D

  • 26 3-07-2010 at 12:19 pm

    Patryk said...

    I will never understand how Bullock’s acting here is better than either Streep’s or Sidibe’s. Not is a million years.

  • 27 3-07-2010 at 12:22 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    It’s only for Best Picture that the voters have to rank the nominees though, right?

  • 28 3-07-2010 at 12:44 pm

    Holden said...

    Picture
    1. The Hurt Locker
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Up
    4. The Blind Side
    5. District 9
    6. Precious
    7. A Serious Man
    8. An Education
    9. Up in the Air
    10. Avatar (it was that bad, and that overrated)

    Director
    1. Kathryn Bigelow “The Hurt Locker
    2. Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds”
    3. Jason Rietman “Up in the Air”
    4. Lee Daniels “Precious”
    5. James Cameron “Avatar” (he’s that much of a dick, and he deserves it that much)

    Lead Actor
    1. Jeremy Renner “The Hurt Locker”
    2. Jeff Bridges “Crazy Heart”
    3. Colin Firth “A Single Man”
    4. George Clooney “Up in the Air”
    5. Morgan Freeman “Invictus”

    Lead Actress
    1. Sandra Bullock “The Blind Side”
    2. Meryl Streep “Julie and Julia”
    3. Carey Mulligan “An Education”
    4. Gabourey Sidibe ‘Precious”
    5. Helen Mirren “The Last Station”

    Sup. Actor
    1. Christoph Waltz “Inglourious Basterds”
    2.Woody Harrelson “The Messenger”
    3. Christopher Plummer “The Last Station”
    4. Stanley Tucci “The Lovely Bones”
    5. Matt Damon “Invictus”

    Sup. Actress
    1. Mo’nique “Precious”
    2. Anna Kendrick “Up in the Air”
    3. Maggie Gyllenhaal
    4. Vera Farmiga “Up in the Air”
    5. Penelope Cruz “Nine”

    Original Screenplay
    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. Up
    4. A Serious Man
    5. The Messenger

    Adapted Screenplay
    1. Up in the Air
    2. District 9
    3. In the Loop
    4. Precious
    5. An Education

    Animated Film
    1. Up
    2. Coraline
    3. The Secret of Kells
    4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    5. The Princess and the Frog

    Foreign Film
    1. The White Ribbon
    2. A Prophet
    3. The Secret in Their Eyes
    4. The Milk of Sorrow
    5. Ajami

    Documentary
    1. The Cove
    2. Food Inc
    3. Burma VJ
    4. The Most Dangerous Man in America
    5. Which Way Home

  • 29 3-07-2010 at 12:46 pm

    Holden said...

    Avatar can suck it.

  • 30 3-07-2010 at 1:10 pm

    Sally said...

    Patryk said…

    I will never understand how Bullock’s acting here is better than either Streep’s or Sidibe’s. Not is a million years.

    It’s like I will never understand why jeff bridges was any better, in every sense of the word better than Jeremy renner or george clooney. Sidibe has one scene and doesn’t really support the entire movie. Oh and Reese Witherspoon didn’t do a better job than Felicity huffman

    Avatar was a borefest.

  • 31 3-07-2010 at 1:52 pm

    Speaking English said...

    You forgot Animated Short, Guy.

    I’ll only rank the categories that I’ve seen all of:

    Director

    1. James Cameron
    2. Jason Reitman
    3. Quentin Tarantino
    4. Lee Daniels
    5. Kathryn Bigelow

    Adapted Screenplay

    1. Up in the Air
    2. In the Loop
    3. Precious
    4. District 9
    5. An Education

    Lead Actor

    1. Colin Firth
    2. Jeff Bridges
    3. George Clooney
    4. Jeremy Renner
    5. Morgan Freeman

    Original Song

    1. “The Weary Kind”
    2. “Down in New Orleans”
    3. “Almost There”
    4. “Loin de Paname”
    5. “Take it All”

    Visual Effects

    1. Avatar
    2. Star Trek
    3. District 9

    Sound Editing

    1. Avatar
    2. Star Trek
    3. The Hurt Locker
    4. Up
    5. Inglourious Basterds

  • 32 3-07-2010 at 1:53 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Oh… forgot:

    Film Editing

    1. Avatar
    2. District 9
    3. The Hurt Locker
    4. Precious
    5. Inglourious Basterds

  • 33 3-07-2010 at 2:39 pm

    Sean said...

    This is fun!
    (and I actually am an informed ranker. These aren’t just based on preconceptions)
    Best Picture
    1. The Hurt Locker
    2. A Serious Man
    3. Precious
    4. Inglourious Basterds
    5. District 9
    6. An Education
    7. Up
    8. Up in the Air
    9. Avatar
    10. The Blind Side

    Director
    1. Kathryn Bigelow
    2. Quentin Tarantino
    3. Lee Daniels
    4. James Cameron
    5. Jason Reitman

    O’Screenplay
    1. A Serious Man
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Up
    5. The Messenger

    A’Screenplay
    1. In The Loop (great to see someone else who thinks this deserves to win!)
    2. Precious
    3. District 9
    4. An Education
    5. Up in the Air

    Actress
    1. Tilda Swinton, Julia (I wish.)
    1. Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
    2. Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
    3. Carey Mulligan, An Education
    4. Helen Mirren, The Last Station
    5. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

    Actor
    1. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
    2. Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
    3. Colin Firth, A Single Man
    4. Morgan Freeman, Invictus
    5. George Clooney, Up in the Air

    SuppActress
    1. Mo’Nique, Precious
    2. Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
    3. Penelope Cruz, Nine
    4. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
    5. Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

    SuppActor
    1. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
    2. Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
    3. Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
    4. Matt Damon, Invictus
    5. Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

  • 34 3-07-2010 at 2:40 pm

    Sean said...

    Was my dislike of all the non-Farmiga aspects of Up in the Air less than subtle? It looks that way looking back at my rankings.

  • 35 3-07-2010 at 3:11 pm

    Glenn said...

    “how is Bullock’s performance better than Streep’s? This is another question which haunts me.”

    Or, how is Streep’s performance better than Bullock’s? People are very keen to dump on Bullock’s performance without saying why Streep should win instead. And if I hear one more “she has so much heart” nonsense I think I’ll vomit.

  • 36 3-07-2010 at 9:52 pm

    Duke said...

    You have got to be kidding me, Guy! Awful list, and I thought you had good taste. I’m disappointed.