The pie charts show the proportion of Oscar winners by film genre in two years, 2003 and 2008. There are seven genres shown: Thriller, Documentary, Romance, Science Fiction, Action, Comedy and Horror.
In 2003, the order of the winning genres was: Thriller, Action, Horror, Documentary, Science Fiction and Romance and Comedy. In 2008 the order was: Thriller, Action, Science Fiction, Documentary, Romance, Horror and Comedy.
Thrillers won the most Oscars in both years, dominating the other genres with a 45% share in 2003, but dropping to 33% in 2008. In second place in both years were the Action films, with 15 and 20% respectively. Romance and Comedy films were low ranking, with share of around 5-7%. Science Fiction movies, fourth place in 2003, won more than twice as many Oscars in 2008 than in 2003, rising from a 6% share to 13%, and displacing Horror films to end in third place. Documentaries also improved, gaining 5% in 2008 over their 10% share in 2003. On the other hand, Horror films fared poorly in 2008 compared to 2003, when they were in third place. Their share fell from 13% to 7%.