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Every year during the Oscar broadcast, viewers' interest rises and falls with each new category, as not all Academy Awards categories are created equal. Some draw about as much excitement from the masses as the next commercial break, while others are the most exciting part of the evening. Sure, they're all important and feature men and women at the top of their respective fields, but if you have to take a bathroom break or pay the delivery guy when Best Documentary Short Subject is announced, you probably won't be too worried.

Especially if you're in the film industry, you know how vital all these categories are to the overall finished product of a film, and it can be fun to see costume designers, film editors, and sound engineers have their moment to shine. But they're just not Leonardo DiCaprio.

We've tallied up the full Oscar category list to see just how much you do care about each category. This is a list of every Academy Award categories, from most interesting to biggest snoozes that maybe shouldn't even be part of the main show. With everything from Best Picture to Best Live Action Short, vote up the Oscars categories that mean the most to you - the ones you make sure you don't miss during the live broadcast.

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167 19
Best Picture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Picture

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2
135 29
Best Actor in a Leading Role is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Actor in a Leading Role

3
131 35
Best Actress in a Leading Role is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Actress in a Leading Role

4
122 30
Best Director is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Director

5
115 33
Best Actress in a Supporting R... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Actress in a Supporting Role

6
120 33
Best Actor in a Supporting Rol... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Actor in a Supporting Role

7
102 35
Best Writing (Original Screenp... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

8
72 41
Best Writing (Adapted Screenpl... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

9
83 55
Best Animated Feature is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Animated Feature

10
76 48
Best Visual Effects is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Visual Effects

11
75 43
Best Cinematography is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Cinematography

12
73 47
Best Original Score is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Original Score

13
62 58
Best Original Song is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Original Song

14
57 48
Best Costume Design is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Costume Design

15
55 48
Best Documentary Feature is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Documentary Feature

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61 56
Best Foreign Language Film is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Foreign Language Film

17
53 52
Best Film Editing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Film Editing

18
44 59
Best Animated Short Film is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Animated Short Film

19
37 53
Best Makeup and Hairstyling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Makeup and Hairstyling

20
34 52
Best Production Design is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Production Design

21
32 57
Best Sound Editing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Sound Editing

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28 57
Best Live Action Short Film is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Live Action Short Film

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29 62
Best Sound Mixing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Sound Mixing

24
22 60
Best Documentary Short Subject is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Documentary Short Subject