Big Movies and Oscar Winners

For a film to be considered for an Academy Award, it first needs to be shortlisted by the movie’s respective branch of the Academy. These branches are; the Directors Branch, the Producers Branch, the Screenwriters Branch, and so on. In all, there are a total of 17 official branches within The Academy. Each of these sections has its own set of rules and regulations that govern which movies can and cannot be shortlisted for their respective awards. For example, to qualify for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration in any given year, a movie must have either been released theatrically in at least one market outside of the U.S. during that calendar year or have been filmed entirely in a foreign language with dialogue tracks in another language also being recorded and included in its final version.

How to Become Nominated for an Oscar

If we look at the percentage of films that are shortlisted for nomination in any given year, we’re looking at anywhere from 6-8% of all the films that have been released or premiered in theaters during that calendar year. The bulk of these shortlisted films is either critically acclaimed studio releases or high-profile independent films that have been screened at major film festivals during the year in question. To be considered a major release, a movie needs to have screened theatrically in 750 or more theaters across the country. The studios behind these types of films spend a large amount of money on advertising and securing screen space to bring attention to their films.

21st Century Best Picture Winners

During the first decade of the 21st Century, the Academy has awarded Best Picture to a wide array of different types of films.

The winners of this award have included; Gladiator, the very first film of the new millennium (2000), American Beauty (1999), Shakespeare in Love (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Chicago (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), The Aviator (2004), Crash (2005), No Country for Old Men (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009), The King’s Speech (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and the most recent winner of this prestigious award is Green Book (2019).

Every Oscar Winning Performance of the 21st Century

21st Century Best Director Winners

The Academy Awards are voted on entirely by members of the Directors Branch of The Academy. As such, it’s no surprise that the Best Director award has been consistently awarded to directors of feature films. Since 2000, the Academy has awarded the Best Director award to a total of 14 different individuals. They are; Steven Spielberg, Gladiator (2000), Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down (2001), Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002), Clint Eastwood, Mystic River (2003), Martin Scorsese, The Aviator (2004), Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men (2005), Stephen Frears, The Queen (2006), Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (2008), James Cameron, Avatar (2009), and David Fincher, The Social Network (2010).

21st Century Best Screenwriting Winners

The Screenwriting Branch of The Academy is responsible for awarding the Best Screenwriting award. For a group of screenwriters to be considered for this award, they must have received credit on the final completed version of the film in question. The Academy has awarded the Best Screenwriting award to 12 different films during the first decade of the 21st Century. These winning films include; Gladiator (2000), Memento (2001), Chicago (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009), The Social Network (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Green Book (2019).

21st Century Best Documentary Feature Film Winners

The Documentary Branch of The Academy is responsible for awarding the Best Documentary Feature award. For a documentary film to be considered for this award, it must be 80 minutes or longer and cannot contain any fictional elements. The Academy has awarded the Best Documentary Feature award to 7 different films during the first decade of the 21st Century. These winning films include; Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Man on Wire (2008), Food, Inc. (2009), Inside Job (2010), Black Fish (2013), Amy (2015), and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

21-st Century Best Animated Feature Film Winners

The Animated Feature Film award is awarded by The Academy’s Animation Branch. For a film to be considered for this award, it must be primarily created using traditional animation. Computer-generated animation (CGI) is not permitted. The Academy has awarded the Best Animated Feature Film award to 7 different films during the first decade of the 21st Century. These winning films include; Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Coco (2017).

Conclusion

As you can see from the above list, there’s no real pattern to be found when it comes to predicting which films might win these awards. The only real way of knowing which films have a chance of winning an Oscar during any given year is to pay close attention to the films that are released during that year and to see which films receive the most critical acclaim and attention from the various film critics and publications that cover the movie industry.