Monday, April 22, 2013

History Of The Markademy Awards

This post is intended as 10% historical record and 90% reference material for me, since it's a pain to keep going back to old "Markademy Awards" posts to look things up one-by-one.  With this list, however, I (and you!) can check out my personal selections of the year's best films in one fell swoop.  While I've only been doing pre-Oscar movie posts since 2006, the previous years were filled in via my "Best Movies Of Our Lives" series with my pal Kyle that takes us back to 1981.  The list of the other nominees are in order of preference, so for instance Les Mis was my second favourite movie from 2012, Moonrise Kingdom my third, etc.

I've made a couple of minor adjustments to my rankings and changed a couple of winners overall, though for the most part, it's all the same as my original picks (and no new films were added that I've seen these the original posts were written years ago).  Some of the years had five "nominees" and others more, since I often shift between picking a set five and just listing every movie that I thought passed the post as 'great' as a nominee in my little personal contest. 

Just as the actual Best Picture stands as a living record of "what were they thinking?!" decisions, I've decided to leave the Markademy Award as a snapshot of my mood at the time.  2001, 2000 and 1990 immediately leap to mind as years when I would 100 percent make my number two choice the winner instead, but hey, I need to stick to some harsh rules in my completely arbitrary posting system. 


2012: Life Of Pi
Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Cloud Atlas, Django Unchained

2011: Midnight In Paris
Hugo, Bridesmaids, The Artist, A Separation, Young Adult

2010: Exit Through The Gift Shop
The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Inception, Winter's Bone, The Other Guys, Another Year

2009: Inglourious Basterds
A Single Man, In The Loop, A Serious Man, I Love You Man, The Hurt Locker, The Fantastic Mr. Fox

2008: The Dark Knight
The Wrestler, Slumdog Millionaire, Happy-Go-Lucky, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Stepbrothers

2007: Once
No Country For Old Men, Walk Hard, 3:10 To Yuma, Sweeney Todd, The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz

2006: The Prestige
Pan's Labyrinth, Children Of Men, The Departed, A Prairie Home Companion

2005: Batman Begins
Good Night And Good Luck, Match Point, Sin City, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

2004: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
The Incredibles, Spider-Man II, Closer, Kill Bill (Part Two)

2003: Love Actually
21 Grams, Kill Bill (Part One), Bad Santa, Old School

2002: Talk To Her
Minority Report, Adaptation., Catch Me If You Can, The Bourne Identity,

2001: Amelie
Memento, Moulin Rouge, Ocean's Eleven, Zoolander

2000: High Fidelity
Unbreakable, Best In Show, Cast Away, Waydowntown

1999: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Galaxy Quest, Magnolia, Being John Malkovich, Three Kings, American Beauty, The Insider, Election, Sleepy Hollow, Office Space

1998: The Big Lebowski
Shakespeare In Love, A Simple Plan, Zero Effect, There's Something About Mary, Run Lola Run, Pleasantville

1997: Jackie Brown
L.A. Confidential, Titanic, Wag The Dog, Chasing Amy

1996: Fargo
Hamlet, Lone Star, The Rock, Kingpin

1995: Dead Man Walking
Apollo 13, Toy Story, Heat, The American President

1994: Pulp Fiction
Trois Couleurs: Red, The Shawshank Redemption, Speed, Dumb and Dumber, Trois Couleurs: White

1993: Short Cuts
Dazed & Confused, Groundhog Day, The Sandlot, Trois Couleurs: Blue, The Fugitive

1992: Unforgiven
A League Of Their Own, A Few Good Men, Noises Off, Wayne's World

1991: The Silence Of The Lambs
The Fisher King, Terminator 2, Beauty and the Beast, Defending Your Life

1990: Edward Scissorhands
Goodfellas, The Grifters, Back To The Future III, Miller's Crossing

1989: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
Do The Right Thing, Field Of Dreams, Jesus of Montreal, When Harry Met Sally, Batman, Back To The Future II, Road House

1988: A Fish Called Wanda
The Thin Blue Line, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Die Hard, The Naked Gun, The Last Temptation Of Christ, The Accidental Tourist, Rattle & Hum, Rain Man

1987: The Princess Bride
Planes Trains & Automobiles, Predator, Roxanne, The Last Emperor

1986: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Platoon, Highlander, Big Trouble In Little China, The Fly

1985: Back To The Future
Fletch, Witness, Anne Of Green Gables, Clue

1984: Ghostbusters
This Is Spinal Tap, Stop Making Sense, The Muppets Take Manhattan, All Of Me

1983: The Dresser
A Christmas Story, Trading Places, Monty Python's Meaning Of Life, Never Say Never Again

1982: Tootsie
E.T., Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Rocky III

1981: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Chariots Of Fire, Ragtime, Gallipoli, Blow Out

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