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Call Me By My Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread


Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name


Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post


Christopher Plummer, Moonlight
Richard Jenkins, Hell Or High Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound


Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, The Shape Of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green, Logan
Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game
Dee Rees, Virgil Williams, Mudbound
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Disaster Artist


Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Bruno Delbonnel, Darkest Hour
Hoyte Van Hoytema, Dunkirk
Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water


Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Publisher/Senior Reviewer
Colin Jacobson

The Academy Awards Best Pictures Collection

The Shape of Water THE SHAPE OF WATER (2018)
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins. Fox, 3/13/18.
At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

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Title Year Ratings Won/Nom.
The Shape of Water [Blu-Ray] 2017 B+/B/C+ 4/13
Moonlight [Blu-Ray] 2016 B+/B-/B- 3/8
Spotlight [Blu-Ray] 2015 B/B-/C- 2/6
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) [Blu-Ray] 2014 A-/B+/C+ 4/9
12 Years a Slave [Blu-Ray] 2013 B+/B/C+ 3/9
Argo [Blu-Ray] 2012 B+/B+/A- 3/7
The Artist [Blu-Ray] 2011 B/B/C 5/10
The King's Speech [Blu-Ray] 2010 B/B-/B- 4/12
The Hurt Locker [Blu-Ray] 2009 B/A-/C+ 6/9
Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-Ray] 2008 B+/A-/B+ 8/10
No Country For Old Men [Blu-Ray] 2007 B-/B+/C- 4/8
The Departed [Blu-Ray] 2006 B/B/C+ 4/5
Crash [Blu-Ray] 2005 C/C+/F 3/6
Million Dollar Baby [Blu-Ray] 2004 A-/B+/B- 4/11
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King [Blu-Ray] 2003 A/A/A+ 11/11
Chicago [Blu-Ray] 2002 A-/A-/B+ 6/13
A Beautiful Mind [Blu-Ray] 2001 B-/B/A- 4/8
Gladiator [Blu-Ray] 2000 A/A-/A+ 5/12
American Beauty [Blu-Ray] 1999 C/B-/B 5/8
Shakespeare In Love 1998 A/B-/A- 7/13
Titanic [Blu-Ray] 1997 A/A+/A+ 11/14
The English Patient [Blu-Ray] 1996 B+/A-/A 9/12
Braveheart [Blu-Ray] 1995 B/B+/B+ 5/10
Forrest Gump [Blu-Ray] 1994 B+/B/A 6/13
Schindler's List 1993 B+/B+/B 7/12
Unforgiven [Blu-Ray] 1992 B-/B+/A 4/9
The Silence of the Lambs: Criterion Collection [Blu-Ray] 1991 B+/B/A 5/7
Dances with Wolves [Blu-Ray] 1990 A-/A-/A 7/12
Driving Miss Daisy [Blu-Ray] 1989 B/B-/B 4/9
Rain Man [Blu-Ray] 1988 B+/B+/B+ 4/8
The Last Emperor 1987 B/B/A 9/9
Platoon [Blu-Ray] 1986 B+/B/A- 4/8
Out of Africa 1985 B/B/B 7/11
Amadeus [Blu-Ray] 1984 B/B+/B+ 8/11
Terms of Endearment 1983 B/B/C+ 5/11
Gandhi [Blu-Ray] 1982 B+/B/A- 8/11
Chariots of Fire [Blu-Ray] 1981 A-/B/A- 4/7
Ordinary People 1980 C+/C/D- 4/6
Kramer vs. Kramer [Blu-Ray] 1979 B/C+/B- 5/9
The Deer Hunter [Blu-Ray] 1978 B-/B/C+ 5/9
Annie Hall [Blu-Ray] 1977 B/C+/D- 4/5
Rocky [Blu-Ray] 1976 B+/B-/A 3/10
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [Blu-Ray] 1975 C+/B/A- 5/9
The Godfather: Part II [Blu-Ray] 1974 B+/B-/C+ 6/11
The Sting 1973 C+/B/C+ 7/10
The Godfather [Blu-Ray] 1972 B+/B-/C+ 3/11
The French Connection [Blu-Ray] 1971 B+/B/A- 5/8
Patton [Blu-Ray] 1970 A/B+/A 7/10
Midnight Cowboy 1969 C+/B-/B 3/7
Oliver! 1968 B-/B-/C- 5/11
In the Heat of the Night [Blu-Ray] 1967 B-/B/B 5/7
A Man for All Seasons 1966 B-/C/D- 6/8
The Sound of Music [Blu-Ray] 1965 A-/B+/A+ 5/10
My Fair Lady [Blu-Ray] 1964 A-/B/B 8/12
Tom Jones: Criterion Collection [Blu-Ray] 1963 B/C+/B 4/10
Lawrence of Arabia [Blu-Ray] 1962 A/A-/B 7/10
West Side Story [Blu-Ray] 1961 B/B+/B+ 10/11
The Apartment [Blu-Ray] 1960 A/B-/B+ 5/10
Ben-Hur [Blu-Ray] 1959 A+/A-/A 11/12
Gigi [Blu-Ray] 1958 B+/B+/B+ 9/9
The Bridge on the River Kwai [4K UHD] 1957 A-/B/B 7/8
Around The World In 80 Days 1956 B+/A-/B+ 5/8
Marty 1955 C-/C-/D- 5/8
On the Waterfront [Blu-Ray] 1954 B+/B/A- 8/12
From Here to Eternity [Blu-Ray] 1953 A-/B-/B- 8/13
The Greatest Show On Earth 1952 B/C/F 2/5
An American In Paris [Blu-Ray] 1951 A-/C+/B+ 6/8
All About Eve [Blu-Ray] 1950 B/B-/A- 6/14
All the King's Men 1949 C-/C/D- 3/7
Hamlet 1948 C-/C-/D- 4/7
Gentleman's Agreement [Blu-Ray] 1947 B+/B-/B- 3/8
The Best Years of Our Lives [Blu-Ray] 1946 B+/B/D+ 7/7
The Lost Weekend 1945 C+/B-/D- 4/7
Going My Way 1944 B-/C-/D- 7/10
Casablanca [Blu-Ray] 1943 A/B+/A+ 3/8
Mrs. Miniver [Blu-Ray] 1942 A-/B/D+ 6/12
How Green Was My Valley [Blu-Ray] 1941 A-/C-/B 5/9
Rebecca [Blu-Ray] 1940 B+/B/B+ 2/11
Gone with the Wind [Blu-Ray] 1939 B+/B+/A+ 8/13
You Can't Take It with You [Blu-Ray] 1938 B/B-/C 2/7
The Life of Émile Zola 1937 C+/B-/B- 3/10
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 B/B/D+ 3/7
Mutiny on the Bounty [Blu-Ray] 1935 A/B/C- 1/8
It Happened One Night [Blu-Ray] 1934 A-/B/B 5/5
Cavalcade [Blu-Ray] 1933 C/C/C 3/4
Grand Hotel [Blu-Ray] 1932 B+/B-/B- 1/1
Cimarron 1931 D/D/D+ 3/7
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 B-/B-/D- 2/4
The Broadway Melody 1929 B-/B-/C+ 1/3
Wings [Blu-Ray] 1928 A/B+/C 2/2

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70 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards: "The only book officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this hefty tome presents the history of the movies through the lens of the industry's central organizing body. Robert Osborne, a columnist and critic for the Hollywood Reporter, uses a crisp, engaging style to discuss film developments and movie trends during 70 years of Academy Awards. Each year of the Oscars is covered in detail, with an introduction that summarizes the year's movie highlights, nominees, and winners, followed by a complete listing of nominees and winners in all categories. Serious students of film and trivia buffs alike will spend hours poring over this wealth of information that adds a fascinating historical perspective to the glitz and glam of the Oscars."

The Academy Awards Handbook: "A guide to award-winning movies and their stars offers a year-by-year listing of all nominees and winners, an analysis of how films and stars are selected, a thorough index, and advice on how to identify forthcoming winners."

Oscar Fever: The History & Politics of the Academy Awards: "Oscar Fever is a completely new and far more popular rewriting of 'And the Winner is...'(1987;1990). It is both history and appreciation, chockablock with inside stories and little-known facts. Included are all the latest facts and statistics, as well as film stills, nostalgic and new, to tell the inside story of Oscar and what the awards really say about our times."

Behind the Oscar: The Secret History of the Academy Awards: "It's venal, commercial, and self-congratulatory--that's not news. But lots of folks like details on how the mega-event is conducted and how the stars themselves feel, or say they feel, about the coveted award and its attendant hoopla and hype. A less than flattering portrait of the industry emerges in this loose compendium of anecdotes, gossip, and quotes. Appendices listing winners and losers and other stats occupy 160 pages; the bibliography is fairly long, but not classified."

Star Style of the Academy Awards: A Century of Glamour: "From Patty Fox, a fashion coordinator of the Academy Awards, comes the definitive glamour book on the Academy Awards-the most viewed fashion show on earth. In stunning black-and-white and color photography, author Fox highlights the historic gown and the stars who wore them."