About Juan Carlos Ojano

I am an undergraduate student of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, currently taking up BA Film in the College of Mass Communication. I am an aspiring (and hardworking) actor, writer, and director. I am currently the secretary of the U.P. Cineastes' Studio, the first and premier student film organization in the Philippines, established in 1984. I love watching films, discussing films, writing about films, critiquing the politics of filmmaking, especially the awards season and the Academy Awards. Personal e-mail address: juancarlosojano@gmail.com Blog e-mail address: mylastoscar@gmail.com

Best Picture Nominees (2009-2016), RANKED

Since the Academy Awards reinstated the expanded Best Picture field in the 82nd Academy Awards (2009 in film), a system implemented during from 1930s to mid-1940s, the Academy has nominated 72 films for the awards’ highest honor.

Now in its eighth year, this new system has produced some of the most out-there choices, films that would not have gone anywhere near the Best Picture race had it stayed the traditional five nominees, as well as some stinkers that benefitted from the increased number of slots in the category.

Here is my ranking of the 72 Best Picture nominees from 2009 to 2016:

Gravity (2013) and Spotlight (2015) – the best nominee and the best winner of this category since the expanded category began in 2009.

BEST OF THE BEST
1. Gravity (2013)
2. Spotlight (2015) – WINNER
3. La La Land (2016)
4. Arrival (2016)
5. Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – WINNER
6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
7. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
8. Amour (2012)
9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
10. The Tree of Life (2011)
11. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
12. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
14. Inception (2010)
15. Black Swan (2010)
16. Whiplash (2014)
17. The Artist (2011) – WINNER
18. The Hurt Locker (2009) – WINNER
19. Up (2009)
20. Hell or High Water (2016)
21. 12 Years a Slave (2013) – WINNER
22. Les Miserables (2012)
23. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
24. The Revenant (2015)
25. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
26. Selma (2014)
27. Up in the Air (2009)

Relatively young production/distribution company A24 scored back-to-back nominations with Room (2015) and Moonlight (2016), with the latter becoming a landmark Best Picture winner.

GREAT CHOICES
28. The King’s Speech (2010) – WINNER
29. Room (2015)
30. Moonlight (2016) – WINNER
31. The Martian (2015)
32. The Fighter (2010)
33. Her (2013)
34. The Social Network (2010)
35. Toy Story 3 (2010)
36. Brooklyn (2015)
37. Hugo (2011)
38. Midnight in Paris (2011)
39. Nebraska (2013)
40. District 9 (2009)
41. Captain Phillips (2013)
42. Lincoln (2012)
43. Lion (2015)
44. An Education (2009)
45. True Grit (2010)

EARNED THOSE BEST PICTURE NOMINATIONS
46. Life of Pi (2012)
47. Boyhood (2014)
48. Hidden Figures (2016)
49. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
50. A Serious Man (2009)
51. Winter’s Bone (2010)
52. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
53. Fences (2016)
54. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
55. Philomena (2013)
56. The Imitation Game (2014)
57. Moneyball (2011)
58. The Kids are All Right (2010)
59. The Help (2011)
60. 127 Hours (2010)
61. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
62. American Hustle (2013)

STRIKING MERITS DESPITE MY INDIFFERENCE (ON VARYING LEVELS)
63. Argo (2012) – WINNER
64. The Big Short (2015)
65. American Sniper (2014)
66. Django Unchained (2012)
67. Avatar (2009)
68. War Horse (2011)

I WON’T CHOOSE THEM, BUT I UNDERSTAND THE MENTION
69. The Theory of Everything (2014)
70. The Descendants (2011)

THOSE BAD APPLES FROM THE BUNCH – WHY?
71. Bridge of Spies (2015)
72. The Blind Side (2009)

6th TFO Awards: Best Motion Picture

The nominees for Best Motion Picture are:

  • Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John `Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
  • Citizenfour – Mathilde Bonnefoy, Laura Poitras, Dirk Wilutzky
  • Gone Girl – Ceán Chaffin, Joshua Donen, Arnon Milchan, Reese Witherspoon
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin
  • Interstellar – Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas
  • Mommy – Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant
  • Selma – Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
  • The Way He Looks – Diana Almeida, Daniel Ribeiro
  • Whiplash – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

And The Final Oscar goes to…

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Finalists (6-12): TBA

Semi-finalists (13-20): TBA

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6th TFO Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

The nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role are:

  • Tom Hardy – Locke
  • Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Ghilherme Lobo – The Way He Looks
  • Antoine Olivier Pilon – Mommy

And The Final Oscar goes to…

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Finalists (6-12): TBA

Semi-finalists (13-20): TBA

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Opening Remarks | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay | Production Design – Contemporary | Production Design – Period | Casting | Costume Design – Period | Costume Design – Contemporary | Actor in a Supporting Role | Visual Effects | Makeup and Hairstyling | Sound Editing | Sound Mixing | Actress in a Supporting Role | Music – Original Song | Music – Adapted or Song Score | Music – Original Score | Cinematography | Film Editing | Ensemble | Animated Feature | Documentary Feature | Directing | Actress in a Leading Role

6th TFO Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

The nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role are:

  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
  • Anne Dorval – Mommy
  • Isabelle Huppert – Abuse of Weakness
  • Julianne Moore – Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

And The Final Oscar goes to…

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Finalists (6-12): TBA

Semi-finalists (13-20): TBA

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Opening Remarks | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay | Production Design – Contemporary | Production Design – Period | Casting | Costume Design – Period | Costume Design – Contemporary | Actor in a Supporting Role | Visual Effects | Makeup and Hairstyling | Sound Editing | Sound Mixing | Actress in a Supporting Role | Music – Original Song | Music – Adapted or Song Score | Music – Original Score | Cinematography | Film Editing | Ensemble | Animated Feature | Documentary Feature | Directing

6th TFO Awards: Best Achievement in Directing

The nominees for Best Achievement in Directing are:

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • David Fincher – Gone Girl
  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Xavier Dolan – Mommy
  • Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

And The Final Oscar goes to…

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Finalists (6-12): Ava DuVernay – Selma | Christopher Nolan – Interstellar | J.C. Chandor – A Most Violent Year | Richard Ayoade – The Double | Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher | Amat Escalante – Heli | Krzysztof Skonieczny – Hardkor Disko

Semi-finalists (13-20): Laura Poitras – Citizenfour | Alberto Rodríguez Librero – Marshland | Damián Szifron – Wild Tales | David Mackenzie – Starred Up | Abderrahmane Sissako – Timbuktu | Richard Linklater – Boyhood | James Gray – The Immigrant | Elçin Musaoğlu – Nabat

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Opening Remarks | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay | Production Design – Contemporary | Production Design – Period | Casting | Costume Design – Period | Costume Design – Contemporary | Actor in a Supporting Role | Visual Effects | Makeup and Hairstyling | Sound Editing | Sound Mixing | Actress in a Supporting Role | Music – Original Song | Music – Adapted or Song Score | Music – Original Score | Cinematography | Film Editing | Ensemble | Animated Feature | Documentary Feature

6th TFO Awards: Best Documentary Feature

The nominees for Best Documentary Feature are:

  • Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  • The Kill Team – Dan Krauss
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Rich Hill – Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos
  • The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

And The Final Oscar goes to…

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Finalists (6-12): The Case Against 8 | Ivory Tower | Happy Valley | Code Black | Citizen Koch | Finding Vivian Maier | Virunga

Semi-finalists (13-20): Documented | Private Violence | The Circle | Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me | Fed Up | Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart | Night Will Fall | What Now? Remind Me

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Opening Remarks | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay | Production Design – Contemporary | Production Design – Period | Casting | Costume Design – Period | Costume Design – Contemporary | Actor in a Supporting Role | Visual Effects | Makeup and Hairstyling | Sound Editing | Sound Mixing | Actress in a Supporting Role | Music – Original Song | Music – Adapted or Song Score | Music – Original Score | Cinematography | Film Editing | Ensemble | Animated Feature

6th TFO Awards: Best Animated Feature

The nominees for Best Animated Feature are:

  • Big Hero 6 – Don Hall & Chris Williams
  • Giovanni’s Island – Mizuho Nishikubo
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois
  • Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants – Thomas Szabo & Helene Giraud
  • Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore

And The Final Oscar goes to…

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Finalists (6-9): The Lego Movie | The Tale of the Princess Kaguya | The Boxtrolls | The Book of Life

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Opening Remarks | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay | Production Design – Contemporary | Production Design – Period | Casting | Costume Design – Period | Costume Design – Contemporary | Actor in a Supporting Role | Visual Effects | Makeup and Hairstyling | Sound Editing | Sound Mixing | Actress in a Supporting Role | Music – Original Song | Music – Adapted or Song Score | Music – Original Score | Cinematography | Film Editing | Ensemble