Oscars News & Notes

The Oscars are on Sunday.  So over on Ranker.com, people are voting for the best Oscar-winning movies for Best Picture over the years.

Here are the Top 20:

1.  “The Godfather” (1972)

2.  “Schindler’s List” (1993)

3.  “The Godfather: Part 2” (1974)

4.  “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

5.  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)

6.  “Casablanca” (1942)

7.  “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

8.  “Rocky” (1976)

9.  “Gladiator” (2000)

10.  “The Sound of Music” (1965)

11.  “Unforgiven” (1992)

12.  “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)

13.  “The Departed” (2006)

14.  “The Sting” (1973)

15.  “Platoon” (1986)

16.  “Braveheart” (1995)

17.  “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

18.  “Rain Man” (1988)

19.  “Amadeus” (1984)

20.  “Titanic” (1997)

(This is an ongoing poll.  This was the Top 20 as of late last night.  Head to Ranker.com to see the most up-to-date results.)


Oscar nominees will take home more than just gold statuettes from this year’s award ceremony. For the 22nd year, entertainment marketing company Distinctive Assets, which is not affiliated with the Academy Awards, is producing its “Everyone Wins” gift bags full of luxurious vacations, cosmetics, and other goodies for the 25 Oscar nominees in the acting and directing categories.

… The swag package includes several trips, the most valuable being three nights at the five-star Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland worth $50,000.

… The giveaway also awards celebrities three nights in a luxury villa at Saint-Barth Paradise in the Caribbean and a seven-day wellness retreat at Golden Door California.

… In addition, nominees will receive several kitchen items such as a 45-bottle wine fridge from THOR Kitchen that retails for $1,800, a $1,250 Schwank portable grill, and a BlendQuik portable blender that costs $80.

… Nominees will also be gifted an array of cosmetic products and procedures worth $10,000.

… With goods and services from nearly 60 brands, the gift bag’s total value adds up to over $170,000. Since the IRS considers gift bags taxable income, celebrities rarely cash in on every single item.


Best Picture

  • American Fiction
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Best Animated Feature

  • The Boy and the Heron
  • Elemental
  • Nimona
  • Robot Dreams
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper (Maestro)
  • Colman Domingo (Rustin)
  • Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers)
  • Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer)
  • Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening (Nyad)
  • Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)
  • Sandra Hüller (Anatomy of a Fall)
  • Carey Mulligan (Maestro)
  • Emma Stone (Poor Things)