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By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

by Oliver Lyttelton
January 16, 2014 12:41 PM
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You might have thought we were done with coverage of today's Oscar announcements, but you were wrong (although, actually, this should be for it the moment after this one). You've seen the nominations themselves, and you've read our piece about the surprises and snubs, but what you might be missing out on are the stats.

Everyone loves numbers, and so to put the nominations in a little perspective, we've assembled a group of useful/useless facts and stats about this year's batch of nominees and nominations. Take a look below, and feel free to add your own fun facts in the comments section. 

10 - Most number of nominations this year, shared by "American Hustle" and "Gravity." "12 Years a Slave" was just behind with 9, and "Dallas Buyers Club," "Nebraska" and "Captain Phillips" managed 6, with "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "Her" both on 5.

4 - The Best Picture nominee with the least number of nominations, which was "Philomena."

4 - Number of acting nominations, in four different categories, won by "American Hustle." Director David O. Russell managed the same rare feat last year with "Silver Linings Playbook" too.

33 - Years since a film not directed by David O. Russell picked up an acting nomination in all four categories.

11 - Acting nominations won by David O. Russell movies in the last four years (including three for "The Fighter").

3 - Number of people before Megan Ellison who've had two Best Picture nominations in the same year.

0 - Number of women, before Megan Ellison, who managed the same feat.

17 - Total number of nominations for movies produced by Megan Ellison (10 for "American Hustle," 5 for "Her," 2 for "The Grandmaster").

11 - Total number of nominations for Harvey Weinstein movies (4 for "Philomena," 2 for "August: Osage County," two for "The Grandmaster," and one each for "Mandela," "Cutie and the Boxer" and "20 Feet From Stardom").

3 - Oscar nominations received by Alfonso Cuarón and Spike Jonze this year, the pair sharing the honor of being the most rewarded individual this time around. As producers of their movies, both got Best Picture nods, while Cuaron was also nominated for Director and Editing, while Jonze got nods for Original Screenplay and, brilliantly, Best Original Song, for co-writing the lyrics to Karen O's "Moon Song."

7 - Total number of people nominated for more than one Oscar this year: Ellison and Cuarón are joined by Steve Coogan (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay), Steve McQueen (Best Picture, Best Director), David O. Russell (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay) and Catherine Martin (Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for "The Great Gatsby").

2 - Number of first-time directing nominees (Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen).

8 - Number of first-time acting nominees (Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, Sally Hawkins, June Squibb, Lupita Nyong'o).

7 - Number of acting nominees who've already won an Oscar (Christian Bale, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence).

2 - Number of acting nominees who've already won for the category they're nominated in (Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep).

5 - Largest number of total nominations for an acting nominee without winning (Amy Adams, a four-time loser in the Supporting Actress category before her first Best Actress nod today).

12 - Largest number of nominations by a nominee without winning—Thomas Newman's nod for "Saving Mr Banks" is his twelfth without a statue. That's one ahead of Roger Deakins, whose "Prisoners" nod makes it eleven without victory.

18 - Total number of nominations for the most lauded acting nominee—Meryl Streep, who has won 3 of them, more than any other performer.

84 - Age of the oldest acting nominee, June Squibb. She's three years shy of the oldest nominee in the category, "Titanic"'s Gloria Stuart.

23 - Age of the youngest acting nominee, Jennifer Lawrence. She's stlll more than double the age of the youngest ever nominee in the category, Tatum O'Neal.

97% - Highest Rotten Tomatoes score of the Best Picture nominees, shared by "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity."

76% - Lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of the Best Picture nominees, for "The Wolf of Wall Street" (the only one of the nine to get less than 90%.)

97 - Metacritic score of top-ranked Best Picture nominee, "12 Years a Slave." "Gravity" is just behind with 96, then "Her" with 91.

75 - Metacritic score of lowest ranked Best Picture nominee, "The Wolf of Wall Street, just one behind behind "Philomena."

8.6 - Highest IMDb score of Best Picture nominees for "Her," but it hasn't registered enough votes to crack the site's top 250 yet.

51 - Place of highest-ranked Best Picture nominee,"The Wolf of Wall Street," on the IMDb's Top 250. Somehow, it has a lower score than "12 Years a Slave," which is at number 84. No, we don't understand how it works either.

2 - Number of Best Picture nominees premiered by Venice ("Gravity," "Philomena") and the New York Film Festival ("Her," "Captain Phillips"), making them the most popular festivals for Best Picture nominees this year.

$652.1 million - Domestic box office total of the nine Best Picture nominees.

$1.281 billion - Worldwide box office total of the nine Best Picture nominees (some of which are yet to open abroad).

$675.1 million - Worldwide total of top-grossing Best Picture nominee "Gravity," more than the rest put together. "Captain Phillips" is second, with $214 million.

$8.47 million - Box office total of the lowest grossing nominee, "Nebraska," to date. "Her" is just ahead, with just shy of $10 million.

$100 million - Reported budget of the most expensive Best Picture nominee, shared by "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Gravity."

$ 72.456 million - Average domestic box-office of the nine nominees.

$142 million - Average worldwide box-office of the nine nominees.

$123,409 - Best recorded screen average of a Best Picture nominee for "American Hustle."

0 - Number of movies this year better than the Best Picture-snubbed "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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  • Captain Reason | February 28, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    I was with ya til that last one. Inside Llewyn Davis is overrated, and deserved what it didn't get. There were at least 20 better movies in 2013 than ILD. Period.

  • Samantha Everling | January 26, 2014 2:54 AMReply

    How is it that the academy even considered Jonah Hill? Leonardo D. should have won by now. What gives. The academy is a disgrace and probably just like the USA government; bought out by big money. Well, the regular citizens are NOT buying this Jonah H. crap. Good riddens. Won't watch -- even with Ellen hosting. Hope your viewership tanks! Credibility is on the LINE!

  • Mandy | January 26, 2014 2:51 AMReply

    very much dislike the fact that Jonah Hill is even considered to an Oscar. The Academy should have given Leonardo DeCaprio an Oscar long long ago. What a bunch of idiots

  • Chuck | January 19, 2014 5:25 PMReply

    Llewyn Davis was ok but just went nowhere. Sorry but it doesn't deserve a Best Picture nod. No way.

  • Kevin | January 16, 2014 10:00 PMReply

    3 - Number of people before Megan Ellison who've had two Best Picture nominations in the same year.

    Who were the other three? Harvey Weinstein is probably one. Maybe Robert Evans?

  • PUB | January 18, 2014 9:25 PM

    I read somewhere that the third is Fred Roos, who co-produced Coppola's two flicks. Although IMDb doesn't have him listed as a nominee on The Conversation.

  • MTurgeon | January 18, 2014 11:41 AM

    There's Francis Ford Coppola for "Godfather II" and "The Conversation", and there's Scott Rudin for "The Social Network" and "True Grit". I don't know who the third person is, though.

  • John&Jodie | January 16, 2014 3:37 PMReply

    49 - Number of nominations for composer John Williams this year. Holds the record for the most Oscar-nominated person alive!

  • John&Jodie | January 17, 2014 5:40 AM

    5 - Number of Oscar wins for John Williams
    @Cirkusfolk, are you sure it´s not 18, since S.List?! (including thist years nom.)

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    17 - the number of noms John Williams has received since his last win for Schindler's list 20 years ago!

  • owdl114 | January 16, 2014 2:13 PMReply

    Woody Allen has now directed 17 different actors in Oscar nominated performances
    Alexander Payne has directed 7
    Martin Scorsese has directed 18

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 2:03 PMReply

    I'm actually surprised that the scores at rottentomotoes and metacritic matched up almost perfectly. 97 for both for 12 Years a Slave and Gravity and 76/75 for Wolf of Wall Street. Usually I hear about how metacritic is so much better. Also, considering Wolf of Wall Street has the lowest rating for both those sites it's interesting that it has one of the highest on IMDB. This should explain the films demographic. Fanboys and wannabes. The new Scarface maybe?

  • Robert | January 16, 2014 1:14 PMReply

    Inside Llewyn Davis sucked and deserved it's snubs.

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    I agree with you, but it's still gonna be hilarious when Llewyn Davis sweeps tonight at the Critics Choice Awards knowing it has no chance for the Oscars.

  • José Alarcão | January 16, 2014 1:12 PMReply

    Actually The Wolf of Wall Street has the highest IMDB score (8.7) against 8.6 of both Her and 12 Years a Slave. It connected way better with audiences than with critics.

  • M | January 16, 2014 2:14 PM

    This is Oscars though, not People's Choice.

  • Arnljótur | January 16, 2014 1:18 PM

    AND their score is calculated differently for the top 250 (as it should be)
    "The formula for calculating the Top Rated 250 Titles gives a true Bayesian estimate:

    weighted rating (WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C

    R = average for the movie (mean) = (Rating)
    v = number of votes for the movie = (votes)
    m = minimum votes required to be listed in the Top 250 (currently 25000)
    C = the mean vote across the whole report (currently 7.0)
    For the Top 250, only votes from regular voters are considered."

  • eduardo | January 16, 2014 1:04 PMReply

    Spike Jonze got 3 nods as well: picture, screenplay and song

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 1:56 PM

    Yeah it's weird they forgot him when they mentioned him along with Cuaron in the paragraph right above it.

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