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Listmania: Al’s Happy Oscars Wins 2000-2015

I’ve been watching the Academy Awards since the 2001 ceremony when Gladiator beat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon & Traffic for Best Picture. Over the last 15 years not counting this year since it hasn’t happened yet, I’ve seen some really bad wins, like Crash winning Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain, and I’ve seen some really good wins that made me very happy. These listed here are my favorite wins in each major category over the last 15 years of Oscar watching. In other words, these wins made me the most happy.

Favorite Best Picture Win = The Departed

*Until 2007, Martin Scorsese had never won Best Picture, even though it’s arguable he should have won several times prior with Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. When he finally won for The Departed, I was ecstatic since this was my favorite movie of 2006, and it was a giant exhale of emotion. It might still be my favorite win in Oscar history.

Favorite Best Director Win = Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

*This win meant so much because in 2010, Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to ever win Best Director. Women have been making great films for years, and it was such a delight to see her win for a very worthy movie. The bonus was that she won Best Director over her ex-husband James Cameron who directed Avatar.

Favorite Best Actor Win = Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

*I gotta be honest, last year I would not have voted for Leo to win, since I really believed that Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs did the best overall acting performance. But it’s still my favorite win in this category because Leonardo DiCaprio has been my favorite actor since I saw him in Titanic in 1998. It was becoming almost annoying that he kept getting passed over for Oscar wins for several years before, and it was so nice to see him finally get one.

Favorite Best Actress Win = Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

*2012 was the year of Jennifer Lawrence, since she was great in The Hunger Games, and then even better in Silver Linings Playbook. She made quite the impression on me, and I was so happy to see her get the Oscar for a performance and a movie that was great on first watch and even better on re-watch.

Favorite Best Adapted Screenplay = Brokeback Mountain

*It didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, but it did at least win Best Adapted Screenplay, which made me so happy because the movie made such a great leap from the short story that Annie Proulx wrote. That story was vital in 2005/06 and even more vital now.

Favorite Best Original Screenplay = Django Unchained

*I think not only is Quentin Tarantino one of the best directors in Hollywood, but he’s also one of the best movie writers too. Django Unchained is the perfect example of that. I was so happy when he won because Django Unchained is my favorite movie of 2012, and by far one of the most bold and trail blazing scripts I’ve ever seen put to film.

Which ones have been your favorites? Comment below.



  1. Robin Write Robin Write February 25, 2017

    Here are my “happy” moments:

    Slumdog Millionaire
    Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
    Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
    Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
    Benicio del Toro (Traffic)
    Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
    Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous)
    Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (Sideways)

    • Al Robinson (@AlRob_MN) Al Robinson (@AlRob_MN) February 25, 2017

      Ah very nice! That Adrien Brody win was so surprising. It was fantastic when he kissed Halle Berry. Benicio was also a very nice win. I’m so happy Almost Famous won Best Original Screenplay, and so mad it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. Sideways was another great win. Love these picks Robin.

  2. Lloyd Marken Lloyd Marken February 25, 2017

    It’s a little tricky for me to sometimes say what is deserving at the expense of those who won or didn’t even get nominated. That being said there is something nice when someone gets recognised after a long time of being passed over. Should Steven Spielberg have won over Woody Allen in 1977? Richard Attenborough in 1982? I wouldn’t say that any more than I would say he was more deserving in 1994. Yet when he did finally break the Oscar drought was a turning point in Hollywood. Finally the wunderkid was recognised by the establishment thus signifying his descent into becoming the establishment. 🙂 Martin Scorcese, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington are all similar career wins for what may not be their strongest work. Yet Spielberg winning for Schindler’s List, I don’t know if you could begrudge that work getting him his elusive Oscar win. All the other wins you’ve listed were great moments and I particularly cheered when Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director. Give the Academy their due, they know how to play a moment by having Barbara Streisand present the nominees. Just wouldn’t have been the same if one of the guys had actually won it but AMPAS bet right. I’ve just been watching Room and I have to say Brie Larson’s performance is really good. Her win last year was a good thing.

  3. Lloyd Marken Lloyd Marken February 25, 2017

    Also for career wins can I just say I loved Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting and I enjoyed his speech.

  4. Lloyd Marken Lloyd Marken February 26, 2017

    Also how great was Kathryn Bigelow’s dress?!

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