The Results
The D.Z.B. re-votes for each year's Oscar nominated films for best picture. The voting process is simple. After having viewed all of the best pictures nominated from a single year, there is a voting ceremony. Each of the three D.Z.B. members is allowed 3 votes that may be split as he/she sees fit. Each member may also choose to use all three votes toward one film. Once all 9 votes are collected, each vote is drawn from a hat and tallied. For years with more than 6 films nominated for best picture (except 1937 because it predated this clause), a shortlist of 5 films is made before voting. Each member rates each film on a scale from 1 to 10, and the shortlist is determined by taking the 5 films with the highest total scores. If there is a tie for 5th place, the shortlist will comprise of 6 films. The results chart below is a record of which film the D.Z.B. chose as the best oscar-nominated film of each year. It also includes the month in which each decision was made, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners. The final column shows how the tally of votes was broken down. * denotes a tie year. ** denotes a three-way tie year. † denotes a year in which there was more than 6 nominated films for best picture. The year we last judged is featured in the header montage above.
YEAR WINNER D-DAY 2ND 3RD VOTES
† *
1937
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS;
THE GOOD EARTH
JUN-09 ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL; IN OLD CHICAGO;
STAGE DOOR; A STAR IS BORN; THE AWFUL TRUTH
- 2,2,1,1,1,1,1

1939
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON SEP-12 THE WIZARD OF OZ GONE WITH THE WIND;
OF MICE AND MEN
4,3,1,1
† *
1940
THE GRAPES OF WRATH;
REBECCA
OCT-11 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 3,3,2,1
1945 SPELLBOUND SEP-08 THE LOST WEEKEND; MILDRED PIERCE - 5,2,2
1946 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE MAY-14 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES - 5,4
1947 THE BISHOP'S WIFE JAN-09 GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT GREAT EXPECTATIONS 4,3,2
1948 THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE MAY-12 JOHNNY BELINDA HAMLET 6,2,1
*
1950
ALL ABOUT EVE;
SUNSET BOULEVARD
OCT-09 BORN YESTERDAY KING SOLOMON'S MINES 3,3,2,1
1951 A PLACE IN THE SUN SEP-13 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS;
A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE
DECISION BEFORE DAWN;
QUO VADIS
3,2,2,1,1
1953 ROMAN HOLIDAY SEP-14 SHANE JULIUS CAESAR 6,2,1
1954 ON THE WATERFRONT NOV-16 THE CAINE MUTINY;
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
- 7,1,1
1955 THE ROSE TATTOO NOV-12 LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING;
PICNIC
MARTY 4,2,2,1
1956 GIANT SEP-15 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS;
THE KING AND I
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 4,2,2,1
1958 AUNTIE MAME APR-07 GIGI; SEPARATE TABLES; CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - 6,1,1,1
1960 THE APARTMENT DEC-16 ELMER GANTRY - 6,3
1962 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD APR-13 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA; MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY - 7,1,1
1963 LILIES OF THE FIELD FEB-08 AMERICA, AMERICA TOM JONES 6,2,1
**
1964
DR. STRANGELOVE;
MARY POPPINS;
MY FAIR LADY
JUL-09 - - 3,3,3
*
1965
THE SOUND OF MUSIC;
A THOUSAND CLOWNS
DEC-11 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - 4,4,1
1966 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? APR-11 THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING ALFIE;
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
5,2,1,1
1967 THE GRADUATE SEP-09 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT DR. DOLITTLE;
BONNIE AND CLYDE
5,2,1,1
1968 FUNNY GIRL JUN-08 RACHEL, RACHEL; ROMEO & JULIET OLIVER! 4,2,2,1
1969 MIDNIGHT COWBOY JAN-15 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID Z 5,3,1
**
1971
THE FRENCH CONNECTION;
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF;
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
DEC-15 - - 3,3,3
*
1972
CABARET;
THE GODFATHER
SEP-10 THE EMIGRANTS - 4,4,1
1973 THE EXORCIST NOV-11 THE STING AMERICAN GRAFFITI 5,3,1
1974 LENNY MAR-11 THE GODFATHER PART II CHINATOWN;
THE CONVERSATION
4,3,1,1
1975 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST MAR-07 DOG DAY AFTERNOON NASHVILLE 5,3,1
1976 TAXI DRIVER DEC-13 NETWORK BOUND FOR GLORY 6,2,1
1977 STAR WARS MAY-07 ANNIE HALL - 5,4
1978 THE DEER HUNTER DEC-16 COMING HOME MIDNIGHT EXPRESS 5,3,1
1979 KRAMER VS. KRAMER NOV-08 NORMA RAE APOCALYPSE NOW;
BREAKING AWAY
5,2,1,1
1980 ORDINARY PEOPLE APR-09 THE ELEPHANT MAN RAGING BULL 4,3,2
1981 REDS SEP-16 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ON GOLDEN POND 6,2,1
1982 GANDHI MAY-11 E.T. TOOTSIE 4,3,2
1983 THE RIGHT STUFF AUG-07 THE BIG CHILL; THE DRESSER - 5,2,2
1985 THE COLOR PURPLE MAR-12 OUT OF AFRICA - 5,4
1986 CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD AUG-13 THE MISSION A ROOM WITH A VIEW;
PLATOON
4,3,1,1
1988 * DANGEROUS LIAISONS;
RAIN MAN
JUN-15 WORKING GIRL THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST 3,3,2,1
1989 MY LEFT FOOT OCT-12 BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY DEAD POETS SOCIETY; DRIVING MISS DAISY 4,3,1,1
1990 ? MAR-17 ? ? ?
1991 JFK JUL-14 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS BUGSY 5,3,1
1992 THE CRYING GAME JUL-12 HOWARD'S END SCENT OF A WOMAN 5,3,1
1993 SCHINDLER'S LIST APR-08 IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER REMAINS OF THE DAY 6,2,1
1996 FARGO OCT-09 SECRETS AND LIES JERRY MAGUIRE 5,3,1
1997 GOOD WILL HUNTING JUL-08 AS GOOD AS IT GETS L.A. CONFIDENTIAL; TITANIC; THE FULL MONTY 4,2,1,1,1
2000 * CHOCOLAT;
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
MAY-15 TRAFFIC ERIN BROCKOVICH 3,3,2,1
2001 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING NOV-08 MOULIN ROUGE IN THE BEDROOM 6,2,1
2003 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING JUN-13 LOST IN TRANSLATION; MYSTIC RIVER - 5,2,2
2004 THE AVIATOR JUL-16 SIDEWAYS FINDING NEVERLAND; RAY 5,2,1,1
2008 THE READER FEB-09 MILK FROST/NIXON 4,3,2
2009 † INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS MAR-10 THE HURT LOCKER AN EDUCATION 6,2,1
2010 † BLACK SWAN FEB-11 THE FIGHTER THE KING'S SPEECH; THE SOCIAL NETWORK; TRUE GRIT 4,2,1,1,1
2011 † THE ARTIST FEB-12 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS; THE TREE OF LIFE EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE; THE HELP 3,2,2,1,1
2012 † * ZERO DARK THIRTY; AMOUR FEB-13 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - 4,4,1
2013 † HER MAR-14 GRAVITY 12 YEARS A SLAVE; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET 5,2,1,1
2014 † ** BOYHOOD; THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL; WHIPLASH FEB-15 - - 3,3,3
2015 † BROOKLYN FEB-16 THE REVENANT; SPOTLIGHT THE MARTIAN 4,2,2,1
2016 † MOONLIGHT FEB-17 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA - 8,1
Shortlists for years with more than 6 best picture nominees
1939 Gone With the Wind Goodbye, Mr. Chips Of Mice and Men Mr. Smith Goes to Washington The Wizard of Oz
1940 All This, and Heaven Too Foreign Correspondent The Grapes of Wrath The Great Dictator The Philadelphia Story;
Rebecca
2009 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds A Serious Man Up in the Air
2010 Black Swan The Fighter The King's Speech True Grit Inception;
The Social Network
2011 The Artist Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The Help Midnight in Paris The Tree of LIfe
2012 Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty
2013 12 Years A Slave Gravity Her The Wolf of Wall Street Dallas Buyers Club;
Nebraska
2014 Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game The Theory of Everything;
Whiplash
2015 Brooklyn The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight
2016 Arrival Fences Hell or High Water Hidden Figures Manchester by the Sea;
Moonlight