Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top 10 Oscar Wins of Each Decade: Part 1

Citizen Kane's Oscar win is one of my favorites.

Here are more random Oscar lists... because, why not?


1. Sunrise wins the first and only award for Unique and Artistic Picture.
2. Charles Chaplin wins an Honorary Oscar for The Circus.
3. Sunrise wins Best Cinematography.
4. Wings wins Best Picture, becoming the first and only (entirely) silent film to win the award.
5. Janet Gaynor wins Best Actress for three films, including Sunrise.

*I only did five here because there weren't many wins from this decade, and I've only seen some of them.


1. Grand Hotel wins Best Picture - its only nomination.
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood wins Best Original Score.
3. Vivien Leigh wins Best Actress for Gone with the Wind.
4. A Midsummer Night's Dream wins Best Cinematography on a write-in vote.
5. It Happened One Night wins the Big 5 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
6. Walt Disney wins an Honorary Oscar for creating Mickey Mouse.
7. "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz wins Best Original Song.
8. Charles Laughton wins Best Actor for The Private Life of Henry VIII.
9. Leo McCarey wins Best Director for The Awful Truth - a screwball comedy.
10. Victor McLaglen wins Best Actor for The Informer, beating all three actors from Mutiny on the Bounty.


1. Casablanca wins Best Picture.
2. Citizen Kane wins Best Original Screenplay.
3. The Philadelphia Story wins Best Screenplay.
4. Black Narcissus wins Best Cinematography (Color).
5. "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio wins Best Original Song.
6. James Cagney wins Best Actor for Yankee Doodle Dandy.
7. Ingrid Bergman wins Best Actress for Gaslight.
8. Laura wins Best Cinematography (B&W).
9. Ray Milland wins Best Actor for The Lost Weekend.
10. The Red Shoes wins Best Dramatic or Comedy Score.


1. Sunset Blvd. wins Best Story and Screenplay.
2. The Third Man wins Best Cinematography (B&W).
3. Marlon Brando wins Best Actor for On the Waterfront.
4. The Bridge on the River Kwai wins Best Picture.
5. Jack Lemmon wins Best Supporting Actor for Mister Roberts.
6. Black Orpheus wins Best Foreign Language Film.
7. Les Girls wins Best Costume Design.
8. The Red Balloon wins Best Original Screenplay.
9. Humphrey Bogart wins Best Actor for The African Queen.
10. Audrey Hepburn wins Best Actress for Roman Holiday.


1. 8 1/2 wins Best Foreign Language Film.
2. The Apartment, West Side Story and Lawrence of Arabia win Best Picture consecutively.
3. Elizabeth Taylor wins Best Actress for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
4. The Virgin Spring and Through a Glass Darkly win Best Foreign Language Film consecutively.
5. Rod Steiger wins Best Actor for In the Heat of the Night.
6. Sophia Loren wins Best Actress for Two Women.
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey wins Best Visual Effects, giving Stanley Kubrick his only Oscar.
8. Sidney Poitier wins Best Actor for Lilies of the Field.
9. Mary Poppins wins Best Original Score.
10. Gregory Peck wins Best Actor for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Part 2 should be up tomorrow!


  1. LOVE these random Oscar lists! Great compilation. How did I know you'd list Bogart's win? I actually LOATHE that performance so much, but he did so much great work before (and after) that his win isn't too sour. I just wish he had won for something more deserving.

    1. Thanks! Haha, I don't nominate Bogart for The African Queen, but I LOVE the win, since it made him an Oscar winner. I really wish he'd won for Casablanca.

  2. Gregory Peck! This is yet another reminder that I need to watch more classic films. lol

  3. I had no idea Walt Disney wins an Honorary Oscar for creating Mickey Mouse! I love this kind of trivia stuff Josh. And yay for Casablanca, Peck & Hepburn winning in 'Mockingbird' & 'Roman Holiday.' Hepburn beat him to that Oscar despite being a newcomer at the time, that's amazing. Oh and The Philadelphia Story is in my Blind Spot, at least I think it is, can't wait to see that one!

    1. Glad you love this stuff Ruth! :) I've been in the mood to rewatch The Philadelphia Story, actually. Hope you get to watch it soon!

  4. Great list here, man. Personally I'd have The Third Man topping my list but for the most, I can't complain. Bravo! :)

    1. Thanks, Mark! I can't argue with placing The Third Man at the top. :)

  5. I LOVE the Ray Milland win for The Lost Weekend. What a brave performance.

    Brando for Waterfront is tops (though he should’ve won for Streetcar as well).

    2001 winning SOMETHING is good enough for me. Still can’t believe that’s Kubrick’s only Oscar though.

    1. Milland was such a deserving winner.

      Brando should've won for Streetcar, but I have no problem with Bogart being an Oscar winner. ;) Though, the best male performance in '51 wasn't even nominated: Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole.

      I'm just glad Kubrick DID get an Oscar, even if it's a lesser-known victory.