Award won: Best Visual Effects

As you've seen elsewhere in this countdown, the Best Visual Effects category is often the Academy's way of briefly saluting movies that otherwise would be forgotten within the year.

Case in point: Death Becomes Her, the ridiculously high-concept comedy from director Robert Zemeckis about two women (Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep) who mess around with an immortality potion and can't seem to stay dead. At best, it's a wacky Warner Bros. cartoon envisioned by someone working on the same wavelength as Tim Burton; at its worst, though, Death Becomes Her is a one-note satire of youthful, superficial obsessions that abandons self-awareness and wastes a great cast (which also includes Bruce Willis).