So the era we just finished established a record for fewest nominations in a ten year period, one that may never be broken. After all, the rules state that the minimum number of nominees in a year is three. Even if less than three meet the scoring minimum, they just take the three films with the best average score and name them the nominees. So I don't believe it's possible that there would be a year with only two nominees, like Best Makeup did in 2002 or Best Original Song did this past year. (Embarrassing.) Every single year in this ten year period had exactly three nominees, so there were exactly 30 nominees to rank. And I'm able to rank them all, because this was the first ten-year period where I was able to watch all of the nominees. And how do they rank? Let's get started and find out.
30. A Greek Tragedy (1986)
I'll admit it's kind of amusing, but the lasting impression I got was, "This was so stupid."
29. Korova (1989)
It's got beautiful paint-on-glass art, but I found the boy too annoying to really feel his plight.
28. Sundae in New York (1983)
The claymation is nice, and there were some decent visual gags, but I barely knew any of the celebrities cameos, and the song is annoying.
27. Strings (1991)
This is another film with luscious paint on glass art undermined by a story that left me less than impressed.
26. Tin Toy (1988)
While it's notable for being the film that eventually led to the milestone that is Toy Story, it's also got...The Baby.
25. A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit (1990)
A cute film for sure, but it lacks the charm that was seen in later Wallace and Gromit films. Plus it got my sister to hate Wallace with a passion.
24. Charade (1984)
As somebody that played quite a bit of charades lately I found the premise quite humorous, but I felt it was marred by an absolutely terrible ending.
23. The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil (1986)
This ghastly romp through turn of the century New Zealand is certainly atmospheric, but I spent far too much time wondering what the heck was going on.
22. Doctor DeSoto (1984)
This is a great adaptation of the classic Newbery Honor book by William Steig, but I never got why the book was good enough for a Newbery Honor, and I kind of feel the same here.
21. The Great Cognito (1982)
The premise of a comedian with literally 1,000 faces is interesting and well executed, but the opening half was kind of boring, and the second half ended far too early.
20. Creature Comforts (1990)
Putting words of citizens around Britain into the mouths of animals in the zoo is certainly a cute idea that Nick Park does wonderfully, but it just doesn't seem to click with me.
19. The Snowman (1982)
This has become a Christmas classic over the years, but I wasn't too impressed with the pacing, and found myself getting bored, especially in the second half. But the ending is wonderful.
18. Your Face (1987)
This is not the first film to showcase Bill Plympton's off-beat humor, but it is pretty representative. Plympton surprises you with just how many ways he can mess around with a guy's face, and the song is nice too.
17. Paradise (1984)
This marvelous film from the Indian-Canadian Ishu Patel is absolutely gorgeous, from the lovely images of birds both mystical and real to the beautiful design of the castle using pinpoint holes. The black bird is amusing too.
16. The Hill Farm (1989)
This episodic film from British animator Mark Baker presents a farming couple as they deal with a water shortage and bizarre visitors. It introduces Baker's distinctive art style and sense of humor, and doesn't get boring.
15. Balance (1989)
Balance is a homemade film from twin animators in Germany that not only presents a compelling story about the cost of human greed in a totalitarian era, but it's also a brilliant example of do-it-yourself filmmaking.
14. Grasshoppers (1990)
With Grasshoppers legendary Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto casts human history as a series of conflicts that get more and more destructive. And his madcap sense of humor only makes it easier to swallow but doesn't dull the message.
13. Sound of Sunshine, Sound of Rain (1983)
This touching film is many things at once. It is a film about life as a blind kid, like Blindscape but with more visual metaphors and less fear and mistrust. At the same time it is a meditation on discrimination in modern society. And it reaches a good balance.
12. Manipulation (1991)
Manipulation was quite a landmark in its time. The combination of pixilation and more traditional animation styles allowed for a more natural interaction between an animator and their 2-dimensional creations. It is also delightfully sadistic.
11. Second Class Mail (1985)
It's not the first time an Oscar nominated film featured a blow-up doll, but this fine debut film from British animator Alison Snowden is certainly much more sweet and charming than the other one. While there are some "WTF" moments, it'll make you smile.
10. Blackfly (1991)
9. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)
8. Technological Threat (1988)
7. George and Rosemary (1987)
6. The Cat Came Back (1988)
5. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
4. Tango (1982)
3. The Big Snit (1985)
2. Luxo Jr. (1986)
1. Anna & Bella (1985)
There you go. Thirty films, all nice and ranked. There will never be so few films in one of these rankings, but 1972-1981 didn't have much more. Yeah, I have nothing else to say except you should try to watch all of these films. Obviously I recommend the higher ranked ones, but who knows, maybe you will love some of the films that I rank fairly low. You never know.
Highest ranked non-winner: Luxo Jr. (2)
Lowest ranked winner: A Greek Tragedy (30)*
*Okay, I can't help but comment on this. This is the second time a film that ranked second in a ten-year period failed to win. It happened back in 2002-2011 when the second ranked The Little Matchgirl lost to The Danish Poet, which had ranked 15th. So while I wasn't pleased with the results, I could live with it. However, having the number two film lose to the film that ranked dead last in this particular decade, well, that is frankly one of the most abominable results in the history of this awards. As I like to say, "The real tragedy about A Greek Tragedy was that it beat out Luxo Jr."
Number of winners in the top ten: Three (Anna & Bella, Tango, The Man Who Planted Trees)
Average rank of the ten winners: 16.9
Number of films that was my favorite in a year outside the top 10: Three [Grasshoppers (14), Balance (15), Paradise (17)]
The three films that were not my favorite in a year in the top 10: The Big Snit (3), Technological Threat (8), The Man Who Planted Trees (9)
Highest average ranking in a year: 1985 (average rank is 5. That's a record that may never be broken.)
Lowest average ranking in a year: 1984 (average rank is 21)
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