All Oscar-nominated films from worst to first
Every year since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has held an event to honor the best movies of the previous year. Members of the Academy vote to select winners for a variety of categories related to filmmaking, from costume design to cinematography. The official name for the golden statue given to Academy Award winners is the Academy Award of Merit, but most people call it the Oscar. Although three people claim to be the creator of the nickname, the true origin of the statuette’s moniker remains unknown. Regardless of the truth, the nickname was officially adopted by the Academy in 1939 and has since become ubiquitous.
Whether you’re a fan of prestige cinema or a lover of red carpet glam, the Oscars offers a bit of classic Hollywood style for viewers of all tastes. In preparation for the most prestigious film award ceremony of the year, Stacker has compiled the films nominated for the 91st Academy Awards and ranked them from worst to best. Rankings were determined by averaging the films’ IMDb user rating times 10 with their Metascores. Ties were broken by IMDb ratings.
Click through this slideshow to find out which films are up for an Academy Award of Merit this February.
#35. Mary Queen of Scots
Stacker score: 62.5
IMDb rating: 6.5
Runtime: 124 min.
Director: Josie Rourke
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie team up in this historical drama about the relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. The film received two Oscar nods, for Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
#34. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Stacker score: 66.0
IMDb rating: 7.0
Runtime: 135 min.
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
The "Star Wars” franchise has won a total of nine Academy Awards and "Solo: A Star Wars Story” could add a 10th: It’s nominated for Best Visual Effects. This film has another record to its name; it’s the second lowest-grossing of all live-action "Star Wars" films.
Stacker score: 66.0
IMDb rating: 7.1
Runtime: 132 min.
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
In "Vice,” Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney, the 46th vice president of the United States. The film received eight nominations including Best Director and Best Picture; according to certain movie critics, these nominations are not deserved. Director Adam McKay’s previous offering, "The Big Short,” won the Oscar Best Adapted Screenplay in 2016.
#32. Bohemian Rhapsody
Stacker score: 66.0
IMDb rating: 8.3
Runtime: 134 min.
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Rami Malek is nominated for his first Academy Award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen. "Bohemian Rhapsody” is also nominated for Best Picture. The nomination is not without controversy: The film’s director Bryan Singer has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault, which could affect its chances of winning.
#31. Christopher Robin
Stacker score: 67.0
IMDb rating: 7.4
Runtime: 104 min.
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
A live-action version of the Disney classic, this film follows an adult Christopher Robin who receives a visitor in the form of his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh. Ewan McGregor stars as the title character while Jim Cummings reprises his role as Pooh. "Christopher Robin” is nominated for Best Visual Effects.
#30. Mary Poppins Returns
Stacker score: 69.0
IMDb rating: 7.2
Runtime: 130 min.
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw
Emily Blunt stars as the titular character in the sequel to 1964’s "Mary Poppins.” The film received four nominations, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Composer Marc Shaiman and his songwriting partner Scott Wittman have worked together for years and were especially eager to write the music for "Mary Poppins Returns.”
#29. Ready Player One
Stacker score: 69.5
IMDb rating: 7.5
Runtime: 140 min.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Ernest Cline’s 2011 science-fiction novel is the basis for "Ready Player One.” The futuristic setting combined with endless ‘80s pop-culture references earned the film one nomination for Best Visual Effects.
#28. Never Look Away
Stacker score: 70.5
IMDb rating: 7.3
Runtime: 188 min.
Directors: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
"Never Look Away” is inspired by the life of German painter Gerhard Richter. Richter is not a fan of the film, which has been nominated for Best Foreign Feature and Best Cinematography.
#27. Ralph Breaks the Internet
Stacker score: 72.0
IMDb rating: 7.3
Runtime: 112 min.
Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot
"Wreck-it Ralph” came out in 2012 and was nominated for, but did not win, Best Animated Feature. Its sequel "Ralph Breaks the Internet” is nominated in the same category. John C. Reilly reprised his role voicing the titular character.
#26. Of Fathers and Sons
Stacker score: 73.0
IMDb rating: 7.6
Runtime: 99 min.
Director: Talal Derki
Starring: Abu Osama, Ayman Osama, Osama Osama
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, "Of Fathers and Sons” focuses on a Jihadist family living in Syria. Director Talal Derki earned a rare look into this radical Muslim lifestyle by claiming he was making a documentary supporting the cause.
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