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Awards Radar Community: How Do This Year’s Oscar Winners Compare to Last Year’s?

As I prepare to kick off my rankings of the Top 25 winners of each Oscar category (probably next month), I thought I would put recent history up for debate. Namely, last year’s Academy Award winners against this year’s. Hell, we can include the year before’s too, if you’d like. So, this week’s Awards Radar Community Question shapes up like so: how do the newest crop of Oscar winners compare to prior ones?

For comparison’s sake, I’ll list the winners in each of the eight above the line categories now for this year, last year, and the year before, with an asterisk* denoting my personal preference. Here you go:

Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All At Once, CODA*, Nomadland

Best Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert*, Jane Campion, Chloé Zhao

Best Actor: Brendan Fraser*, Will Smith, Anthony Hopkins

Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh*, Jessica Chastain, Frances McDormand

Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan, Troy Kotsur8, Daniel Kaluuya

Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana DeBose, Youn Yuh-jung*

Best Adapted Screenplay: Women Talking, CODA*, The Father

Best Original Screenplay: Everything Everywhere All At Once, Belfast, Promising Young Woman*

As you can see, I seem to be partial to this year, with the exception of when CODA and Promising Young Woman took home the gold. However, that’s just me. The choice is now yours. Does Everything Everywhere All At Once help fuel this year’s lineup for you? Was it another one, instead? Either way, we’re keen to find out!

Producers Peter Spears, from left, Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for “Nomadland,” pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

How do you think the newest Oscar winners compare to last year’s, as well as the year before’s? Let us know!


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6 months ago

Yeah i think I am with you on most of it and the order too.Still thinking about the order of supporting actress and orginal screenplay although Everything is first .I have some big changes overall .Revisting films and catching a few for the first time.

Robert Hamer
6 months ago

Looking over at the winning films from the last three years, the only two that I fully, unreservedly dislike to any serious degree are The Whale and CODA. I’m not crazy about Women Talking, Promising Young Woman, or Belfast, but there have been far worse screenplay winners in my lifetime.

Other than those, though? They’re a pretty solid roster of winners; I think an argument could even be made for at least some of them being in the upper tier of winners in the Academy’s near-century-long existence. The last comparably strong three year-stretch I can think of is… gosh, maybe 91-92-93?



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