The Oscar Best Picture Nominees By The Numbers

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by Oliver Lyttelton
February 8, 2013 11:48 AM
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We are a little over two weeks out from Oscar night, and today sees the opening of the second phase of voting. Right now, and over the next ten days, Academy members will be filling out ballots and deciding who's actually going to be taking home the statues on Sunday, February 24th.

There's still plenty of awards stuff coming up before then, including the BAFTAs this weekend, and the WGAs next, but this seems like a good opportunity to run over the nominees, with some cold hard facts. So below, we've gone through each Oscar nominee by the numbers, from their budget and box office to their critical scores and Oscar form. You could even print them, cut them onto cards and play Top Trumps with them, next time you have a long car journey or prison sentence! It's literally seconds of fun.

"Amour"
Budget: $8.9 million
World Premiere Date: May 20th 2012 (Cannes)
U.S. Release Date: December 19th 2012
Initial Theatre Count: 3
Opening Weekend: $68,266
U.S. Gross To Date: $2,441,260
International Gross To Date: $13,100,000
Worldwide Gross To Date: $15,541,260
Percentage of Total Made In The US: 15%
Widest Release: 94 screens
Best Screen Average: $22,755
Box office rise after Oscar nominations announced: +330%
Percentage of Total Gross Made After Oscar Nominations Announced: 87%
Metacritic Score: 94
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
IMDB Score: 8.0
Key Comment From Negative IMDB Review: "I saw Jules Et Jim in college and did not understand that one at all either"
Total Oscar Nominations: 5
Total Awards Nominations: 63
Total Awards Wins: 17
Previous Films By Director: 12
Previous Oscar Wins For Director: 0
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director: 0
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director's Films: 2
Previous Oscar Nominations For Nominated Cast Members: 0
Credited Roles: 14
Number Of Credited Writers: 1
Number Of Credited Producers: 13
Running Time: 127 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Playlist Grade: B+
Number Of Playlist Stories About Film: 36
Google Results For Film's Title: 287,000,000
Grade From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: -4
Key Comment From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: "With movies like this, it's easy to see how evil men like Adolph Hitler and his henchmen came to power and caused so many people to lose their souls and millions of other people to lose their lives"

"Argo"

Budget: $44.5 million
World Premiere Date: August 31st 2012 (Telluride)
U.S. Release Date: October 12th 2012
Initial Theatre Count: 3232
Opening Weekend: $19,458,109
U.S. Gross To Date: $121,022,406
International Gross To Date: $75 million
Worldwide Gross To Date: $196,022,406
Percentage of Total Made In The US: 61.7%
Widest Release: 3247
Best Screen Average: $6020
Box office rise after Oscar nominations announced: +59.1%
Percentage of Total Gross Made After Oscar Nominations Announced: 9%
Metacritic Score: 86
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
IMDB Score: 8.1
Key Comment From Negative IMDB Review: "I don't really like Ben Affleck and I am not sure why he is an actor let alone a director! I enjoyed his last movie thu, the town! so I gave him another chance! but that's it! i am never wanna watch any movie from this guy! I think this movie was an insult to my intelligence! all sense were made so dramatic and looked so fake!... there are many scenes that they speak farsi and there is no subtitle for it so you'll be totally screwed if you don't know farsi! acting is ok but script is just terrible, i am not sure who wrote the script! Ben Affleck started as a script write so..."
Total Oscar Nominations: 7
Total Awards Nominations: 73
Total Awards Wins: 44
Previous Films By Director: 2
Previous Oscar Wins For Director: 1 (Best Original Screenplay, "Good Will Hunting")
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director: 1
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director's Films: 2
Previous Oscar Nominations For Nominated Cast Members: 3 (Alan Arkin, nominated for "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming" and "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter," winner for "Little Miss Sunshine")
Credited Roles: 115
Number Of Credited Writers: 1
Number Of Credited Producers: 11
Running Time: 120 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.25: 1
Playlist Grade: A-
Number Of Playlist Stories About Film: 69
Google Results For Film's Title: 83,300,000
Bodycount: 1
Grade From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: -2
Key Comment From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: "The voiceover sounds like the Anti-American, pro-communist revisionist history that the left, including the Democratic Party leadership and its neo-fascist education establishment, has been promoting since the 1960s, if not earlier."

"Beasts Of The Southern Wild"

Budget: $1.8 million
World Premiere Date: January 20th 2012 (Sundance)
U.S. Release Date: June 27th 2012
Initial Theatre Count: 4
Opening Weekend: $169,702
U.S. Gross To Date: $11,876,675
International Gross To Date: $5,350,000
Worldwide Gross To Date: $17,226,675
Percentage of Total Made In The US: 68%
Widest Release: 318
Best Screen Average: $42,426
Box office rise after Oscar nominations announced: 0 (film had left theaters, was re-released after)
Percentage of Total Gross Made After Oscar Nominations Announced: 5%
Metacritic Score: 86
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86
IMDB Score: 7.4
Key Comment From Negative IMDB Review: "I suppose someone thinks the Louisiana water people are worth a story for diversity's sake, but why? They are an ignorant, revolting bunch who subject their offspring to a life of poverty and abuse."
Total Oscar Nominations: 4
Total Awards Nominations: 114
Total Awards Wins: 50
Previous Films By Director: 0
Previous Oscar Wins For Director: 0
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director: 0
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director's Films: 0
Previous Oscar Nominations For Nominated Cast Members: 0
Credited Roles: 18
Number Of Credited Writers: 2
Number Of Credited Producers: 13
Running Time: 93 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1
Playlist Grade: A
Number Of Playlist Stories About Film: 38
Google Results For Film's Title: 43,200,000
Grade From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: -2
Key Comment From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: "It contains some environmentalist baloney about melting icecaps and giant creatures. Also, Hushpuppy's father and the community around them drink an awful lot of beer."

"Django Unchained"

Budget: $100 million
World Premiere Date: December 25th 2012
U.S. Release Date: December 25th 2012
Initial Theatre Count: 3010
Opening Weekend: $30,122,888
U.S. Gross To Date: $151,922,855
International Gross To Date: $158,200,000
Worldwide Gross To Date: $310,122,855
Percentage of Total Made In The US: 49%
Widest Release: 3,012
Best Screen Average: $10,008
Box office rise after Oscar nominations announced: -44.8%
Percentage of Total Gross Made After Oscar Nominations Announced: 31%
Metacritic Score: 81
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89
IMDB Score: 8.6
Key Comment From Negative IMDB Review: "What Hitler has done to the world is nothing compared to what Tarantino did to the world of spaghetti western genre"
Total Oscar Nominations: 5
Total Awards Nominations: 62
Total Awards Wins: 19
Previous Films By Director: 8
Previous Oscar Wins For Director: 1 (Best Original Screenplay, "Pulp Fiction")
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director: 4 (Best Original Screenplay & Director, "Pulp Fiction," Best Original Screenplay & Director, "Inglourious Basterds")
Previous Oscar Nominations For Director's Films: 16
Previous Oscar Nominations For Nominated Cast Members: 1 (Christoph Waltz, won Best Supporting Actor for "Inglourious Basterds")
Credited Roles: 79
Number Of Credited Writers: 1
Number Of Credited Producers: 9
Running Time: 165 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.35: 1
Playlist Grade: B+/B/C-
Number Of Playlist Stories About Film: 153
Google Results For Film's Title: 160,000,000
Grade From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: -4
Key Comment From Moralistic Reviews Site Movieguide.org: "There's already too much revisionist history on the issue of slavery, much of which is done just to make the United States and the South seem as evil as possible."
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11 Comments

  • josh | February 9, 2013 5:56 AMReply

    this article could really use a graph that makes all the stats easily comparable..

  • ap | February 8, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    Why so many aspect ratios for life of pi??
    And this movieguide.org.... truly ridiculous

  • Tom | February 8, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    "In every scene, there was nothing but tension and conflict. I kept waiting for it to turn around, for the 'good parts' to show up, but they never did." LOL

  • Jamie | February 8, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    If the moralistic reviews site is going to be included, how about something to balance the total "Christian" slant since there are a few other ethical and religious perspectives in the world.

  • Liz | February 8, 2013 3:49 PM

    Er, isn't that kind of the point, Jamie? That there are many ways to look at a movie, but that silly website insists on filtering everything through a single perspective? Did you think that the Playlist was taking their side?

  • Oliver Lyttelton | February 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    Guys, as Kathryn Bigelow is fond of saying, depiction does not equal endorsement. In this case, quite the reverse.

  • Vincent | February 8, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    The "key" comments from that moralistic website only pissed me off to no end.

  • john | February 8, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    The addition of the "Key Comment From Negative IMDB Review" was a nice touch. gave me some good chuckles. thanks!

  • Melissa | February 8, 2013 12:25 PMReply

    What is the point of including "key" negative comments from IMDb? I like that website as a whole, but many of the comments written on there are authored by trollish morons with low intelligence and suspect taste in movies and certainly don't merit being repeated.

  • yep | February 8, 2013 2:46 PM

    TP, you are correct.

  • TimParker | February 8, 2013 1:46 PM

    I agree and I think it's just for laughs as the other comment on here points out. Not actually being used to factor in whether or not deserves to win or whatever.

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