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By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

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

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

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!


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


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


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?


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


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


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?


Inside Llewyn Davis sucked and deserved it's snubs.

José Alarcão

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.


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

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