Oscars Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care  

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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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1
213 29
Best Picture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Picture

2
169 40
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
170 41
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
157 40
Best Director is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Director

5
155 40
Best Actor in a Supporting Rol... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Actor in a Supporting Role

6
144 42
Best Actress in a Supporting R... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Actress in a Supporting Role

7
132 43
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
112 65
Best Animated Feature is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Animated Feature

9
98 53
Best Writing (Adapted Screenpl... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

10
101 55
Best Original Score is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Original Score

11
98 53
Best Cinematography is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Cinematography

12
95 64
Best Visual Effects is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Visual Effects

13
89 69
Best Original Song is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Original Song

14
75 60
Best Costume Design is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Costume Design

15
80 72
Best Foreign Language Film is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Foreign Language Film

16
72 65
Best Film Editing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Film Editing

17
64 67
Best Documentary Feature is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Documentary Feature

18
52 63
Best Production Design is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Production Design

19
51 63
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
58 73
Best Animated Short Film is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Animated Short Film

21
44 69
Best Sound Editing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Sound Editing

22
38 77
Best Sound Mixing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Sound Mixing

23
35 73
Best Live Action Short Film is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Live Action Short Film

24
29 79
Best Documentary Short Subject is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Oscar Categories, Ranked by How Much You Care
Best Documentary Short Subject