Sunday, February 26, 2017

From O.J. to Benghazi: All 62 Oscar nominees ranked

Two years running now, I have seen every nominated film. In a fun bit of symmetry, the earliest nominated film I saw this year was Production Design nominee Hail, Caesar!, which I saw in theaters Feb. 24, 2016, and the last one I saw was Animated Feature nominee My Life as a Zucchini, which I saw Feb. 24, 2017, the day of its release. One full year to the day to watch the 62 nominated films – 47 features and 15 shorts – and the reasonable question one might ask is: Why?

I spend a lot of time thinking about that. As a person who loves film, I would see movies anyway, but why these movies? I don’t know that I have a complete answer for that other than pointing to the collective quality of the group. The power of the Oscars is and always has been their power to draw attention to movies, be they good or bad. So, take an entirely subjective list like this with a grain of salt, but if it can be useful in any way guiding you to movies you might not otherwise see, then that is what it is here to do.

Here they are, then, all 62 2017 Academy Award nominated films, ranked for your amusement:

1. O.J.: Made in America
2. Silence
3. Moonlight
4. Fences
5. The Lobster
6. Land of Mine
7. Moana
8. Jackie
9. I Am Not Your Negro
10. 13th
11. Loving
12. Fire at Sea
13. 4.1 Miles
14. The Salesman
15. La La Land
16. Lion
17. Hell of High Water
18. Toni Erdmann
19. Sing
20. The White Helmets
21. Elle
22. 20th Century Women
23. Arrival
24. Piper
25. Watani: My Homeland
26. Hidden Figures
27. The Jungle Book
28. Manchester by the Sea
29. My Life as a Zucchini
30. Timecode
31. Hacksaw Ridge
32. Zootopia
33. Sully
34. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
35. La Femme et le TGV
36. Joe’s Violin
37. Deepwater Horizon
38. Tanna
39. A Man Called Ove
40. Kubo and the Two Strings
41. Borrowed Time
42. Life, Animated
43. Nocturnal Animals
44. The Red Turtle
45. Hail, Caesar!
46. Extremis
47. Doctor Strange
48. Pearl
49. Ennemis Intérieurs
50. Jim: The James Foley Story
51. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
52. Pear Cider and CIgarettes
53. Silent Nights
54. Allied
55. Blind Vaysha
56. Florence Foster Jenkins
57. Captain Fantastic
58. Star Trek Beyond
59. Trolls
60. Passengers
61. Suicide Squad
62. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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