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10 Years of Academy Award Winning Movies

This year’s awards season is in full swing. After the ceremony’s dates changed due to the Covid pandemic, we expect the 94th annual Academy Awards to return to normalcy according to plans. It’s confirmed that this year’s Oscars will be held in person and will also be live from the Dolby Theater on Sunday, March 27. So, as the excitement builds around the predictions and the event itself, we’ve compiled a detailed list of winners in the last ten years. 

2021 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2020/2021 – Nomadland. The film features Frances McDormand as a van-dwelling nomad who decides to leave her home and travel around the U.S after her husband’s demise. 

Best Actor of 2020/2021 – Anthony Hopkins, 83. Hopkins also received the best actor award in 1992 for “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Best Actress of 2020/2021 – Frances McDormand, 64, won a third acting Oscar. Frances made history as the first person to win producing and acting Oscar awards for the same film. She also won a similar award for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2018) and “Fargo” (1989).

Best Screenplay of 2020/2021 – Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell, 37. Fenell also wrote the screenplay a 2019 drama series titled “Killing Eve.”

2019 Academy Award Winners

Best Movie of 2019- Parasite. The film is a South Korean thriller following a poor family planning to seek employment from a wealthy family and work as unrelated Individuals. 

Best Actor of 2019- Joaquin Phoenix, 48, for the “Joker.” He also won a similar award for “The Master” film (2012), “You Were Never Really Here” (2017), and “Walk the Line” (2005).

Best Actress of 2019- Renée Zellweger, 53, for “Judy.” Zellweger also received the best actress award from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle for her role in “Chicago” (2002). Other awards include best actress for “The Whole Wide World” (1996), and “Nurse Betty” (2000).

Best Screenplay of 2019– Bong Joon-ho, 53, for the “Parasite film. The lead screenplay writer for the “Parasite” has numerous awards including best director and best foreign independent film for “Parasite” and his popular production “The Host.” (2007).

2018 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2018– Green Book. A biographical drama inspired by Don and Frank Vallelonga tour of the Deep South. 

Best Actor of 2018- Rami Malek, 41, for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody” where he portrays as Freddie Mercury. Rami becomes the first actor of Egyptian heritage to win the award. Other awards he has won include Emmy for Lead Actor in 2016 and a Golden Globe for his role in a Motion Picture Drama. 

Best Actress of 2018– Olivia Colman, 48, for her role in “The Favourite” as Queen Anne. Olivia has also won the best female performance for “Twenty Twelve” (2012), best actress for “Broadchurch” (2014), and outstanding lead stress in the “Crown” drama series (2020/2021).

Best Screenplay of 2018- Nick Vallelonga,63, Peter Farrelly,66, and Brian Currie, 61, for the “Green Book film.” 

2017 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2017– The Shape of Water. A romantic fantasy featuring a high-tech government lab who beloves a captured creature in the lab. 

Best Actor of 2017- Gary Oldman, 64, for his depiction of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” Gary also won the Best Actor award in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2012) and actor of the year in “Pick Up Your Ears” (1987).

Best Actress of 2017- Frances McDormand, 64, for her role as Mildred Hayes in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Frances made history as the first person to win producing and acting Oscar awards for the same film (Nomadland). She also won best actress award for “Fargo” (1989).

Best Screenplay of 2017- Samuel Rockwell, 54, for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Samuel also won the Oscar award for the best supporting actor and Golden Globe for his exceptional performance as a police senior in the crime drama. 

2016 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2016- Moonlight. The movie borrows from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” semi-autobiography. It features different stages of the main character’s development and the difficulties he faces with his identity and sexuality. 

Best Actor of 2016- Casey Affleck, 47, for his role in “Manchester by the Sea.” Casey also received a similar award for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007). 

Best Actress of 2016- Emma Stone, 34, for her role in “La La Land.” Stone also won a Golden Globe and BFTA award for the same role. 

Best Screenplay of 2016- Kenneth Lonergan, 60, for his “Manchester by the Sea” role. Kenneth also won the Best Screenplay award for his “You Can Count on Me” film (2000).

2015 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2015- Spotlight. The biographical drama follows the “Spotlight” team working under “the Boston Globe.” The team is regarded as the oldest investigative unit focusing on sex abuse cases in Boston area. 

Best Actor of 2015- Leonardo DiCaprio, 48, as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.” As is norm, DiCaprio has won other high-profile awards such as best lead actor in “The Great Gatsby” (2013) and Best Performance for A Leading Actor in “The Departed” (2007).  

Best Actress of 2015- Brie Larson, 33, for her role in “Room” as Joy Newsome (Ma). Brie also won the Best Actress award for her performance in “Short Term 12” (2014) and the Best Fight in a Movie from MTV for her moves in “Captain Marvel” (2019). 

Best Screenplay of 2015- Tom McCarthy, 56, for the “Spotlight.” Tom has won several awards for his director and screenwriter role such as the 2007 Satellite Award for “The Visitor” film and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay after the 2003 “The Station Agent” film. 

2014 Academy Award Winners

Best Movie of 2014- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The black comedy drama stars Michael Keaton struggling to mount an adaptation of a brief story by Carver Raymond. 

Best Actor of 2014- Eddie Redmayne, 40, for his performance in “The Theory of Everything.” Eddie also received the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award in 2010’s “Red,” and Outstanding Performance Award for the recent “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (2021).

Best Actress of 2014- Julianne Moore, 62, as a star in “Still Alice.” Julianne was also named as the best actress for the “Game Change” miniseries (2013) and “The Hours” (2003). 

Best Screenplay of 2014- Alejandro G. Iñárritu, for the “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” film. Alejandro González Iñárritu, was also awarded the Golden Globe Award for his drama, “Babel” (2007).

2013 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2013- 12 Years a Slave. The biographical drama is based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 slave memoir sharing the same name. As an African-American born in the New York State, Northup, illustrates his struggles after he was kidnapped in DC and sold into slavery. 

Best Actor of 2013- Matthew McConaughey, 53, for his performance as a lead actor in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Matthew has also received Best Actor awards for “True Detective,” (2015), “Mud” (2014), and ‘Killer Joe” (2013) among others.

Best Actress of 2013- Cate Blanchett, 53, for the “Blue Jasmine” film. Cate also won the Best Actress award in “Little Fish” (2005), Best Supporting Actress in “The Aviator” (2004), and the Best Actress in A Leading Role in “Elizabeth” (1999).

Best Screenplay of 2013– Spike Jonze, 53, for his role in “Her.” Spike also received the Chlotrudis award as the best director for the “Being John Malkovich” (2000) and “Praise You” (1999).

2012 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2012- Argo. The historical drama thriller is adapted from the “The Master of Disguise” book by CIA operative, Tony Mendez and “The Great Escape” article by Joshua Bearman. Argo details how the CIA rescued Americans in the Iran hostage crisis under the guise of filming a Sci-Fi fiction. 

Best Actor of 2012- Daniel Day-Lewis, 65, for his role as Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln.” Other notable Best Actor awards won by Daniel include “There Will Be Blood” (2008), and “My Left Foot” (1990). 

Best Actress of 2012- Jennifer Lawrence, 32, for her performance as Tiffany Maxwell in “Silver linings Playbook.” Jennifer also won a similar award for her role in “American Hustle,” (2014) and “The Hunger Games” (2013).

Best Screenplay of 2012- Quentin Tarantino, 59, for the “Django Unchained” screenplay. Tarantino also wrote screenplays for “Kill Bill,” “Italian Horror,” “Grave Danger,” “Inglourious Basterds” among others. 

2011 Academy Awards

Best Movie of 2011- The Artist, produced by Thomas Langmann. The French drama focuses on a relationship between a silent film star and a rising young actress as “talkies” replace the silent cinemas. 

Best Actor of 2011- Jean Dujardin, 50, for his performance as George Valentin in “The Artist.” Jean was also awarded the BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe Award for the same role. 

Best Actress of 2011- Meryl Streep, 73, when she depicted Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She won the same award in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1980), and “Sophie’s Choice” (1983).

Best Screenplay of 2011- Woody Allen, 87, for writing “Midnight in Paris.” The filmmaker has received numerous awards throughout his career including ten BAFTA awards, four Oscars, and two Golden Globe Awards. Other popular films by Allen include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” and “Café Society.”

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